RuAch Review by: Indie Music

Love & unity family!

I would like to share a Ruach album review by Randy Jones from INDIE MUSIC, My message this day is short but like this picture you see above, find a reason to smile before the end of this day, I’m wishing ya’ll an inspiring & productive week.

Peace. Vonj.
VONJ – RAUCH
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/vonjproductions
Vonj comes out of the UK via Kenya, and it’s a good thing that it doesn’t matter on his new CD, Rauch, if you’ve heard him or not. As long as you like all of the elements he brings with some equally talented musicians, you’ll be wanting to check out more. The guitar in particular covers ground from Jimi Hendrix to John McLaughlin and even some Allan Holdsworth territory is covered for good measure. And if you like your covers reworked over to make a statement, then you’ll get it all and more. This isn’t a glossy produced work either.

It’s pedestrian when called for, and polished when needed. There are good and bad cliché’s to be found on most anything, but you won’t find the latter here. The music appropriately begins with the smoking hot drums of “Out Of The Mire” and it’s off to the races with congas and guitar fills to spice it up. The guitar fills are almost scratchy and it somehow adds an eastern flavor. But there is a lot of flavor to be tasted on this, and throughout every track as they fly by. This is not to go without mentioning several, and the burn up the speakers. Starting with “Skin Deep” with its monster bass grooves and extremely cutting edge guitar interaction. The thought that something can almost be too good, does go through the mind when hearing all on offer. You don’t get this next door. The album just gets more and more layered without losing any attraction if you’re looking for that, and who isn’t once in a while. You get the luxury of both playful jamming and serious musical workouts on most of these songs. With something like “Gold Rush” to simmer the jazz-heavy arrangements with a more down to earth rocking style, where you get a more gut-level vocal approach. It gets into not being fooled by the ways of the world. And if you are a bass junky, this will put a smile on your face, as it gets downright funky to the max before it gets back to the great advice worth listening to. Grab it and don’t let go of the soul. “Brilliance Street” is also a cool jazzy track to crank at high volume and get the blood pumping at any given hour. This is another slamming track with all of the collective elements the album contains in one statement, as it is the vocals that cover the most ground on it. But it’s about balance, and it does still find some. But it’s pretty hard to find anything out of place on the album. There isn’t a lot of room for change or improvement, it’s too well put together in both concept and studio performance outcome.

It’s a long ride but an intended one that cuts like a knife without making you bleed. A truly spiritual effort. Another highlight is “Trails Of Eldoret” which is a guitar instrumental, so I don’t know what it’s about, but it’s an eloquent piece that adds one of several accessible gates to and album that doesn’t even need them. It just goes to show how many bases they cover.

But audiences for music of this sophistication level are vastly thinning out, so, Vonj is good to still have a round. It closes with a cover but not a typical one, of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. And this has also been a thing some are insisting on doing lately, that have nothing to do with the rest of an album. But as long as people are making it their own and not doing carbon copies, I approve. And this one is worth hearing, but could as easy be a bonus track.

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Ruach-Vonj/dp/B01J6MQNZS
10/10

Randy Jones
http://www.indiemusicreviews.net/vonj-rauch/

RuAch album review by Gas house radio.

Peace & blessings people, I would like to give thanks to Owen Mattheson for listening and reviewing the RuAch album earlier this year. Feel free to read the review bellow. until next Monday family.

Remember: Love, Unity & Health!.
Vonj.

Owen Mattheson’s Ruach album Review from Gas house radio, Philadelphia.

Vonj Uzele is a native of Kenya and lifelong musician with five full-length albums up to-date. For this most recent album, titled Ruach, meaning Spirit, Vonj enlisted the impromptu aid of percussionist Martin Donovan, saxophonist Carmine Manfredi, Drummer Mat Diamond and Spanish guitarist Garry Millhouse.

Ruach is thirteen tracks of musical charisma, sophistication, and uniqueness to the extent of which a majority of people haven’t been exposed to since the mid to late sixties. Skilled improvisation matched with equal parts spirit and personality burst from every composition; there is a lot of “musical bravery” in this album, ranging from experimentation with acid-jazz like dissonance, to incredibly dynamic and unorthodox song structures where about two or three different experiences can be gathered from one four-minute track. One of the many examples of such a shift, from Edwin Starr-like soul vocals and instrumentation to a swirl of free-form/acid jazz and psychedelic rock is the second track, “Skin Deep”. Songs such as “Gold Rush” demonstrate raw, fuzzy guitar riffage and commendable soul-influenced vocal talent that is refreshingly familiar to the inclusive and eclectic musical experimentation that was evident in sixties and seventies jam bands like The Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers. Perhaps this musical conceptualization is most apparent in the six minute piece titled River Nun. An improvisational mix of psychedelic rock, soul, jazz, and even hints of funk, the track stands without a doubt as a unifying and mesmerizing spiritual journey that seems to emanate a since of musical togetherness and groove that is rare to come by and expect from modern musicians in a Western society. In short, there are so many different components to Vonji that it is difficult to fully comprehend every dynamic and experience the album has to offer. From sophisticated modal guitar playing, to unorthodox percussion and drumming, to elements of Eastern musical philosophy and psychedelic rock, there is without a doubt something in here for anyone to appreciate, and the great level of charisma and talent among these artists is unmistakable.

The musical objectives of Ruach are, at heart, incredibly charismatic and sophisticated. The playing is so dynamic, eclectic, and experiential that the group seems to forge their own genre out of about four or five existing ones. To most people, especially an average individual whose musical interests might be somewhat limited, comprehending and conceptualizing thirteen tracks of Ruach’s music is going to be somewhat of a challenge. The music is so multifaceted and dense that those lacking significant patience and understanding probably won’t last through about the third or fourth song. Basically, this type of music, although incredibly skilled, sophisticated, and designed to bring people together, is unfortunately only going to be thoroughly appreciated and listened to be those of a particular personality, perspective, and worldview who generally have the patience to see past instant-gratification in their sensibilities and see music more as a true art form as opposed to a mere source of entertainment. For this reason, like acid-jazz fanatics, dead-heads, and other specific music fans, Vonj and their album Ruach is somewhat of a niche work, despite how quality it is and how much it should be commended.

Ultimately however, the mainstream success of these tracks or lack thereof is probably of little importance to the sort of musicians that would create an album such as this. Vonj Uzele’s aspirations are far different than those of a marketable artist. The goal here was to create a musical journey to bring people together and hopefully work toward a sense of communal enlightenment and togetherness. For all those that are proactive enough to listen to the message, this album is, without a doubt, a shining success.

Owen Mattheson.

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

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

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: Take heart! 29/07/16

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Love & Unity people, I hope we have all had a positive & progressive week, This has been one of those inspiring yet heavy weeks for me personally, I recently learned that my great family friend, brother Julius Mutunga passed away this week. This came too sudden for the family, As this guy was a sent angel to us, This is one of those people of whom very few if not none could walk in his shoes. One strong individual!, Just like my father was, whom also has transcended. I remember me & Julius always talked about recording an album together, But the opportunity never came to pass. So I suppose we will Jam Again, But in another realm of existence, the higher entities. We love Julius, Rest in Power brother!, (on the picture Julius is on the electric guitar, & that’s Lil Vonj smiling on the bass)

My experiences in life have been extreme, especially for someone still in his 20s, we have witnessed & experienced the very WORST & the very BEST of the things in life, But this means nothing If one is not learning from experience, & through this  we come to understand our purpose in life, There are reasons why we are exposed to certain experiences. For me I realize that In actual fact I am in a privileged state, Because now I am able to share my experiences to others, providing comfort, motivation,  &  elevation to the people who are going through certain situations.

I try to use music as my MAIN vehicle to disseminate resolutions to people, I always have, & I will always will.

So with Spirit we remain working against the grain 24/7 Literally, because we also note down our dreams, “one of the greatest key parts in our life experience”.

Take heart people!.

The album Ruach is out on 261 stores online, You can’t miss it!.
I-Tunes being the most popular choice for downloads, Here is a special link to the 3 singles we released.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ruach-single/id1138394081

Physical copies can be ordered directly through http://vonjruach.com/shop

I also learned that a few tracks are already in rotation on certain obscure radio stations!, so keep an ear out! As we are officially international!.

I will let you know when the new video is out on our channels.

We really thank you all for your support. Keep spreading the word.

Love & Unity from the RUACH family.

Vonj, Carmine, Martin, Mat, Garry.

Have a great weekend family.

Ruach News: 21/07/16

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Peace & Ruach People!

Y’all alright today?? y’all staying strong??, because remember…no matter what situation you are in?, good or bad?, there is only one thing that you can always aspire towards, RISING UP & Getting better within yourself & everything that you do!.

I’ve been in the midlands (England) doing session work for other folk, But nothing will compare to what is in store the day Ruach hits the stages!. I have always been about “LIVE” performance, & as much as we would like to build our reputation on “social media”, The real intention is to actually bring people OUT of the digital world & into the REAL world, No matter how sweet music may sound on a record/mp3, Nothing will ever compare to a live experience, This is why we should move towards appreciating musicians even more while they yet live, Because no matter how you may dig tunes like “So What”, No matter how you may dig “Purple rain”, That real & actual experience is gone with those artists forever!, & there are NO high end speakers, amplifiers, Full HD 3D, virtual reality, holographic systems that will ever come close to replicating the feeling received from an original live experience.

So “we want to bring you OUT!”, But first we are working towards setting the “right conditions”,  We look forward to inviting you to the party!

Meantime I have been doing research on what mainstream online store serves most convenient and offers a decent deal for both the artist & the consumer, Currently I recommend downloading Ruach through “Google play” our link is as follows..

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

Look out Next Wednesday the 27th!, for some RAW footage that will quickly take you through the journey in the studio (the cave) creating the Ruach album project, included will be sneak bites of the songs included on the album & also the tracks that were not included.

So Remember to spread the word & subscribe to the websites that we have 100% control over..

vonjruach.com

vonjproductions.com

We love & appreciate your support people, never forget this.

Peace & blessings from the Ruach family

Vonj, Carmine, Martin, Mat

 

Ruach News: 15/07/16

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Peace & love family, I hope we are all doing well, going strong & living in the right spirit.

It has been a massive week on our side, a few events have taken place since the release of Ruach on 07/07/16, We are making it a mission to get this album across as far & as wide as we can, as we can evidently see the positive impact this album has already created to the one’s who have heard the music beginning to end. & We will always be thankful for the people’s support.

The written story behind Ruach can be seen on http://www.vonjruach.com, I am currently on the road editing a full documentary on the album which will be put out on the 27th of July.

The message is very much one of empowerment, The moral of this whole concept is to show people that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE if you put your mind & spirit into action!

Never Let the world Tell you “NO”, you are able to manipulate your strings of time!.

We thank everyone who have subscribed to vonjruach.com, & we are nearly 10.000 followers strong on vonjproductions.com, & we are grateful for all the beautiful emails people have sent. To those who I haven’t replied yet I shall get round to it as soon as I can.

We are only at the beginning stages of Ruachs release & TODAY you are able to buy the “Physical copies” Via this link. http://www.vonjruach.com/shop/ I know we are living in a “download era” but I would very much encourage you to buy something that you can physically touch.

We love you all
& we are independently working to deliver to you our best works

Love & Unity from the RUACH family

Vonj, Martin, Carmine, Mat & Garry

2016 – The heat is yet to come

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Peace & Blessings people, Just a brief taster on the previous happenings of 2016. I’ve been off the blogs for a while now, harnessing & directing most of my time towards my creative works, I have been moving around the U.K. doing sessions for other artists/bands raising funds for the distribution & promotion of my projects. Musically we are about to bring you one of the hardest hitting independent albums in 2016…., & hopefully the biggest shows out of this in the near future.

The story is long as to how I have got to this point, But through these risky roads of life I have always kept my faith & smile strong in the everlasting journey of learning.

The new album is out on Renaissance day remember?, 07/07/16. You dig? Peace & blessings family.

Vonj

A music in the making part IV: Components

A music in the making part IV: components from Vonj Productions on Vimeo.

Peace to the family, I hope everyone is well & in control of this year 2016. Here is Another chance for you to see parts within the journey towards the release of the new album. These are exciting times. Stay tuned for the further stages of  the development. Vonj here wishing you all Peace, strength, and love.

 

A Music In the making: Introduction

Here we see a dream actually becoming a reality. This compilation of cuts mark the middle to a completion of a new album I am creating, The release will be this year “2016”, With enough support I hope to circumvent this with a series of live shows. Life experiences play the key roll toward the inspiration for this album. This one is for the people. So I just opened up a YouTube channel to give people a chance to perceive a progression of a musical sort.

Love & Light.

Vonj