One West Magazine has been following the making of the film documentary, ‘Ancient History Hunters: Straight Out of America; a docu-series that unearth history’s greatest cover-ups of indigenous people B.C.E. (Before the Common Era); pre-Columbus. This weekend was the release street date of the single, “I Remember The Future,” composed and performed by Robert Irving III, Bikbaye Inejnema and Aaron D. Spears as part of the self-contained band collective, Diasporic Progeny. The track is the theme song for the documentary film series, “Ancient History Hunters” created by Filmmaker, Diane Blackmon-Bailey. She developed the concept after several years of writing and researching a series of hidden-history articles published through EURweb and other national and global media publishers. The track is being released as a lead single on the Sonic Portraits Jazz label in advance of the 2019 release, of the documentary series.
Five-time Grammy Award-nominated producer Robert Irving III, who collaborated for nine-years with the legendary Miles Davis, composed and produced the music and lyrical concept (inspired by Ms. Blackmon’s work). The spoken-word themes and verses were created and performed by international cultural activist/teacher Bikbaye Inejnema and actor, Aaron D. Spears who plays the role of Justin Barber on the Bold and Beautiful television series and snuggles up with Oprah Winfrey on GREENLEAF. The featured vocalists are Mia Rebel (heard singing the chorus) who composed, produced and performed music for the Universal Pictures film Empire and Molinea Maria (featured on lead vocals), who is a Chicago based singer/actress popular with big-band leaders for her ability to transverse Jazz, Rock, Pop. R&B, Blues, Gospel and World Music styles with a strong, distinctive sound. She is equally comfortable in black dramatic and musical theater roles.
Molinea, Bikbaye and featured trumpet player, Corey Wilkes (Empire TV series regular) all worked together with Irving’s African Arts Ensemble that recorded the only album featuring authentic Medu Neter (hieroglyphic writing of ancient Egypt) language (of which Bikbaye is an expert and teacher).
Other notable musicians featured are drummer/percussionist Vince Wilburn Jr., the nephew of Miles Davis (leader of the Miles Electric Band the official alumni group), bassist Frank Russell who played with Freddy Hubbard and spent a decade touring with Ladysmith Black Mombanzo. Featured on guitar is André Lassalle, a New York-based member of the Black Rock Coalition who played on the soundtrack of the Motion Picture “Street Smart,” which featured the trumpet of Miles Davis. He has collaborated with Buddy Guy, Vernon Reid, and other greats.
The Making Of “I Remember The Future” Irving shares, “The coming together of ‘I Remember The Future’
(When I Remember The Past) is filled with synchronicity. Just after Bikbaye and I spoke about the documentary, I just happen to be in LA between tour dates with the Miles Electric Band when I had the inclination to revisit a contemporary version of Decoy (a composition I had originally written for Miles). On this version, Corey Wilkes played the trumpet. I started by taking elements of his solos and looping them with a basic afro-world beat drum pattern I created. One-by-one, the various musical elements began to flow out. The fact that this project came together with collaborators from three coasts speaks to the diasporic nature of the concept. The group collective name Diasporic Progeny just presented itself to me as the natural delineation, especially when considering the larger history discussed in the documentary series, Ancient History Hunters. I have the highest respect for Diane Blackmon and her husband Lee Bailey (creator of the legendary RADIOSCOPE show, Black
University Radio Network and Blackmon Entertainment Media) for their work in the preservation of and presentation of Black History and Culture. Without their vision, this music would not have been created.”
“Remember The Future” is available on AMAZON, iTUNES, and CD BABY.
Media Partners: EURweb, Spin It Digital News, and Black University Radio Network.