River Nun

River Nun, was the first song written for the Album RuAch, This was also the first song we recorded for it, This song was birthed through a jam we had which I originally titled “Liberty”, at this time I was in the process of looking for a Sax player, a sax player Carmine Manfredi came into the Picture, & the second time we played together I hit the record button on the console and Me on electric guitar, Martin on drums, & Carmine on Sax, played and recorded the track live & the foundation of the album was set!, I later on added Bass & after hearing the music I got inspired with the lyrics, recorded the vocals & “River Nun” was born.

My dream one day is to go to the Nun River, & make a live music video for the number, Dreams come true!.

LYRICS:

As we talk we are wasting away,
Wall’s they stand while we sit and wait,
for the rays of the sun to bring us life…

We wonder what was the cause of the wars,
Angels fall but no broken bones,
Tree’s of greed who planted the seed…

What is left but the prophecies,
Heads are rolling down a parted Sea,
Land divide themselves the Rivers flow…

Ships are built and they start to trade,
Guns are made, Now your a slave.
It is Morning as they leave through the River Nun.

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The track is 6 min 31 sec, Though in concert the version is likely to be longer ha-ha.

Love & Unity People.

Vonj

Behind the RuAch record

& so the story continues, another chapter in the musical journey. As our experiences become broader we take it as a responsibility to share what we have learned along the way. I have come to understand that each day is a given time to adjust oneself through Spirit, and even when the road is rocky, we must see these experiences as lessons, and only with spirit can we rise above and continue towards fulfilling our vision. We live in a world where man has corruptly complicated things, religiously, and politically, ultimately setting us on the wrong direction from our calling, we need to gain back our spirit and let this be the primary source for which to govern our lives. I know that Music is one of greatest ways to lift people’s spirits, so may this be clear at the gate, that this is what we are here to do and this is what I have and will always play music for.

“Each year births a new level of growth, you should see these signs by the people & the things that manifest around you”
When I was thinking about this album project, all I wanted was to make some honest music in a family type atmosphere. Martin Donovan was the first person I asked to help me on the project, we previously worked together and we always had a good musical chemistry, and his drumming methods have always been captivating, but more than this within our personal experiences we have always been there to show each other support. When I had the direction to follow through with the album me & martin began doing open Jam sessions, but one thing was for sure, if we were to let the musical inspiration flow naturally for the record, then the album would have to be recorded independently. I already had some recording equipment, Martin bought some drum mics, & the plan was set to start recording. The only thing we needed now was a venue to set up the studio, as we began to receive complaints that our jams were too loud for the venue we were currently using…

Carmine Manfredi. Carrying on through the weeks I knew there was an element that was missing within the music, this was the sound of the saxophone, I started keeping my eyes open for players, now we fast forward… Me and Mat Diamond decided to hang out at an Italian restaurant “Ponte Veccio”, I remember when we got in the restaurant we heard some Bossa nova music playing on rotation, this sparked a musical conversation, Carmine who was working behind the bar caught our conversation, we introduced each other then he told us he plays the saxophone, I then invited him for a jam with me & martin, when we got into a jam that day I knew that this was the sound we needed, but even more so it was about where that sound was coming from, his spirit!, this is a guy who only had been playing for literally 6 months, but his enthusiasm for learning and playing the instrument was inspiring. On our second Jam session together “River Nun” was born, of which was recorded live that same night.

The Cave. Right after the completion of River Nun, We were forced to have to find another venue to make and record music. This was indeed a drawback at the time, as we were only just beginning to gain a creative momentum, and I knew that it would not be easy to find an affordable venue where we could all get together and make music in peace, But I kept the faith that we would find something somewhere. One day me and Carmine were walking and talking, then he suddenly hit upon an idea, he said “I know just the place we need”, a few weeks came to pass & then we finally got the key’s to what we now call “The Cave” This became our creative Sanctuary from then on.

Mat Diamond. Through all these events Mat was always there as a friend, He is a Producer from Hungary with a vast experience in the world of music, we have always shown each other support, & Just like Martin & Carmine, we all fit in together like family. Mat started off as a Jazz/funk drummer before moving to become a steady R&B producer, But after we acquired the Cave I called him out so that he can resurrect his gift of “laying grooves”, each recorded session was a therapeutic experience for us.

I and Mat have shared many in depth conversations about the music industry & where we see things headed. We know everyone is influenced by music, but what happens when the spirit gets taken OUT of music?

In real time we see the divide in music, but we can clearly see that the division of music has caused a division in the people. The mission for the album was to fuse musical styles & elemental’s together & bring people out of that genre system & into a broader scope of thought.

Garry Millhouse: is an experienced Spanish guitarist, whom happened to drop around the Cave just days before I sent the music off to be published, everything has a reason and a purpose, We happened to be on the same musical wave length, & he was enthused to lay some Spanish guitar down for the project, We recorded our improvisations live, this was indeed a magical experience.

We all come from extremely different backgrounds, but there is one thing we all have in common…Spirit!

So if someone ever asks you…if a Born African man, a born Italian, a born Hungarian, & born English men, can come together like family & make music. Show them the success story of Ruach!
We all thank you for your support, & we hope you enjoy the album.
Love & Unity people.

Vonj

Ruach: breath, wind, spirit
Original Word: ר֫וּחַ
Transliteration: ruach
Phonetic Spelling: (roo’-akh)
Short Definition: Spirit

http://www.vonjruach.com

The RuAch Album Review series

Peace & Blessings People,

I have just created an album review page at http://vonjruach.com/album-review/

I would like to thank Marc from Proggnosis for reviewing the latest album RuAch. which you can read bellow at your leisure.  More reviews will be posted soon.

Blessings – Vonj

Ruach album Reviewed by Marc From Proggnosis, in Canada.
I really did not know what to expect before listening to Ruach by Vonj, a Kenya born artist now living in the UK. Looking at his website made me prepare myself for ambient or even meditation music. Well only after a few seconds listening to Ruach I knew my supposition was way off.

What we get on this very good album is a mixture of R&B, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Blues, Hard Rock and even a hint of Prog.  Vonj is the main man of this musical project. He plays Bass, Guitar and is also the lead vocalist. He is a great lead singer. To me his voice is pretty close to George Benson’s, but Vonj often sings with more muscle than Benson. His guitar playing, always excellent, ranges from very smooth and silky to almost Hendrix like at times, and he shows equal dexterity on the bass. Vonj is supported by excellent musicians on percussions and drums with Carmine Manfredi contributing some cool saxophone on the jazzier tracks.

As much as I can tell all the songs (but one) are original compositions, covering a variety of genres while still remaining coherent enough to give Ruach an album feel, not just being a collection of  tracks. The last song, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ”Superstition” is done in a bluesy way that made me completely rediscover it. A great finish to an excellent album.

Ruach is perhaps not the proggiest album I will review this year, but it is certainly one I will continue to listen to on many occasions. Highly recommended indeed.

https://www.proggnosis.com/Release/49346

RuAch NEWS: 03/04/2017. Thank YOU!

Peace & blessings family,

The inception of spring is here, I am looking at the name of this season like an action word, as I see this is the time we should all spring up, and sour high within all of our works.

The first message I posted this year was “”be healthy””, This was a very critical message I felt I needed to share, Because no health equals no productivity, I had to make sure if I want to be successful with any production I have to maintain an optimum level of health. And this has been very much the case thus far, I have worked with so many individuals, and every project has been made easy simply because I kept my mind and body clean.

This message today is simply a message to show our gratitude & thankfulness for those who have supported us especially regarding the RuAch album project, which has been taken in very well by the public, we have managed to create notoriety within certain sources in the industry without even doing 1 concert, which is almost unheard of, Your support is also enabling to build the equipment we need in order to go on the road, and this will happen very soon. Within the past few months I have been meticulously searching for musicians that can bring the music to life on stage, I am happy to say I have found some brilliantly gifted musicians, who are bringing great musical ideas to the table. We have a great team together, The names of the individuals will be announced when we start the promotion for our shows.

Also note the first few shows will not be promoted, So unless you know the individuals within the group chances are you wont know when and where we are playing. But will definitely keep you posted on the official shows, This is most certainly going to be a thrilling journey for both the listeners in the audience and for us the musicians, We can’t wait.

We have also just reached 10 thousand followers on Vonj productions, I’m giving thanks to everyone who has supported us on here since the beginning. My aim has always been to try and inspire you the people positively through sound, soul and spirit, and this will never change.

so stay tuned people.

It’s time to spring!

Peace & blessings

Vonj

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A simple message for 2017: Be healthy

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Peace People

Hope ya’ll are great, Thus far for me this has been one of the most positively productive beginning to the year yet!, but the number one thing that I have been working on is to try and keep the balance within my life style. Knowing that if you put your energy out you also need to find sources that will bring that energy back in to charge you up otherwise we will burn ourselves out.

One of the key ways you can charge up lies within diet. With power foods backing us up we will set ourselves up to keep doing powerful things!, So I plan to chop this year up just like I am about to chop up and juice these power foods this evening. I wish you all much health and strength this year and beyond!

Stay tuned, good things are cooking

Keep the love & the unity alive.

Vonj

1000 Positive comments on my VP welcome Page, I Thank YOU!

Bringing you love through spirit!

Source: Greetings People

Peace People,

This is a post for me to show my appreciation for all the positive people who have left feedback on my welcome page & all the other pages on this site.

This is very encouraging for me to know there are people reading, watching & listening to what I am trying to create & promote internationally “love & Unity”. & so this gives me the courage to carry on through against the grain & share things that are authentic & not necessarily the “on topic” trending mainstream, I just try to share my thoughts & experiences that have helped me along my journey.

Vonj Productions will always be here for the benefit of the people. & I will continue to ride in the information along with the music I produce.

& so as we continue to grow in popularity, I will always remain humbled & grounded.

Thank You

Love

Vonj

15/10/16 RuAch News: Patience With Determination

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Peace & blessings people. Hope all of you are progressing well in all of your endeavours, in the quest to becoming the best you can be.

The broad experiences I have been through this year have helped me grow in understanding  all the aspects of my abilities, testing my mental, physical, and spiritual capacities. My journey has taught me that If you have a business or a dream of which you want to either make happen or take to another level,  We must be prepared to practice our patience and determination, because there will be sacrifices you will have to make to get there.

& when I state “sacrifice” I do not mean “selling out”, We need to make sure we are honest with ourselves no matter what we strive to achieve in life, you see many people have “sold out” to get to a high level financially, thinking they would be alright at the end, But deep in their heart of hearts they will always be fighting with that feeling of disturbance, emptiness & anxiety, thus those fruits of their labor will taste bitter no matter how much they try to fool themselves in that what they did was justified.  the words “Sell out” and “Not being yourself” should both be run synonymously.

So I want to show that it is possible to get where you want to be with enough patience & determination.

What you see me doing with all the up & coming works is taking my time on the long road round to building something that could inspire someone to do greater within their chosen movement.

Once again I would like to thank you all for your kind messages, & showing love & support to independent musicians. RuAch is the latest album we are plugging both online & on the ground, The Only way to listen to the music is to download it or buy the physical copy, RuAch’s on Amazon, I-Tunes, http://www.vonjruach.com/shop etc you can see a “raw cut” as to how the album was made on https://www.youtube.com/vonjvision

& we have plenty more to give you this year, as we walk together.

Currently we are seeking for more musicians to complete our group enabling us to bring the album to life next year along with plenty more new songs. We are especially looking for a dynamic Piano/keyboard player based in the southwest England, So if you can play? Feel free to contact us @ vonjproductions@gmail.com

Otherwise we hope ya’ll out there continue to have a prosperous weekend.

Love & Unity

Vonj
http://www.vonjproductions.com

RUACH NEWS: 14/09/16, AUDITIONS FOR A 2017 TOUR

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RUACH NEWS 14/09/16 Peace & love people!!

We would like to show our appreciation to all the positive feedback we have been constantly receiving about the Ru’Ach album project, I never knew it would be taken in this well by the people, So we send a huge THANK YOU to those who have supported us locally & internationally.

And because of this I believe it is only fair for us to Bring RUACH Out On TOUR Live for you Next year 2017!.

A few Ads have popped up online as we are looking for dynamic individuals to complete the new group. The first Audition took place today.

Naturally we need musicians who walk with an opened mind and humility within their abilities. If you would like to take part in this project?, Or you would like to find out more? feel free to Email me at vonjproductions@gmail.com

For those of you who have supported this mission? We will have a little musical surprise for you by the end of the year.

More Ruach updates coming soon.
We hope all of you are prospering in life & living in Love & Unity.

Peace & Blessings family

http://www.vonjruach.com
http://www.vonjproductions.com

Vonj

Ruach News: The Raw documentary! 18/08/16

RUACH Is a new album that was released in 07/07/16. We decided to make a raw presentation showing the birth of most of the songs included on the album, Plus bonus material that will give you a clear perspective of our determination and our love for music in 2016.

We are here for you people!, So If you like what you see & hear?, We would very much appreciate your support, This will enable us to carry on strong toward fulfilling our vision.

You can order the new album through these main links bellow..

Our store
http://vonjruach.com/shop/

ITunes

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ruach/id1135630979

Google play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Vonj_Ruach?id=B4ecfotssvzk4bn2s7535tasksq

We love you all, be blessed stay strong, & be great.

Vonj

 

 

Ruach News: The Expansion! 17/08/16

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Peace & love family

Within each step we take we continue to thank you all for your support. Since the launch of RUACH a few weeks ago things have really amped up on my corner!,  Hence I have not had as much time as I wanted to post blogs, There is much I have to say, But I will deliver these messages in due course.

I have been boots on ground in these Brexit streets distributing Ruach, I aim to get the new album in to as many independent stores as I can by the end of the year, Nationally and internationally. We are rocking hard & the reaction of the people when they hear this “anonymous  music” via DJ’s playing in clubs has been breath taking to me!.  But  I am also learning a few things along this long independent journey…

Yes the rumors are true!, There are some dogs out there dressed in expensive suits, just waiting to bite you in this industry. I will not mention any names but there have been certain record labels that have approached me on my journey, & various false individuals who have wanted to “represent” me, But guess what?  Due to experience we are privy to anyone’s dirty game. So I pose this question, Why is honesty a hard thing to ask for in any industry?.

In one of my songs I say “why is everyone competing while we have already won the race”, There are too many people in life who will try to sell you a model that does not work merely to try and keep up with another individual or organization. We must try to find something that works for ourselves before we share it or test it on someone else, This is one of the reasons I chose to blog online, so that I can simply disseminate certain principals of life that have worked for me.

So again we thank you all for your emails  & support. independent musicians need this!

We are organizing a music video of which we will keep you all updated on.

As you should all know, the raw Ruach documentary is out on YouTube of which I will post a link on a separate blog.

Meantime if you want to get the new music, please follow these links bellow

Our store
http://vonjruach.com/shop/

I’TUNES

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ruach/id1135630979

also available in few hundred stores. you can google it or message me as it may be selling in the local store in your city… And hey.. if you like it?, share it to your neighbours…if they haven’t heard it already booming out of your house ha-ha.

Peace & love from the Ruach family, Be blessed, Stay strong, be encouraged & know that in the right spirit you can achieve anything in life!.

Vonj, Carmine, Mat, Martin, Garry.