RuAch Review by: Skope Magazine, Boston

Peace family,
as we continue in this series I would like to share this RuAch album review, We give thanks to Jason Hillenburg from skope magazine for taking his time to share his perspectives on our music.
feel free to have a read bellow.

Peace & blessings.

Vonj

Vonji – ‘Ruach’ by Skope • April 6, 2017:
Kenya native and UK based multi-instrumentalist Vonji Uzele has a steadily growing discography featuring his varied talents and the latest release in his career, Ruach, is a thirteen track outing featuring the talents of guitarist Garry Millhouse, saxophonist Carmine Manfredi, and drummer Martin Donovan. Producer Mat Diamond has done an exemplary job of bringing outstanding sonic clarity to this often challenging music and his influence clearly strikes up considerable chemistry with Vonji and his musical collaborators. There are some strong influences circulating through this collection, but Vonji has a wholly individual sound filtered through those colors and no one can accuse him of lapsing into self-indulgence and imitation. This isn’t music pandering for commercial attention; instead, Vonji is working in a realm all his own and the iconoclastic slant he brings to this work will leave a lasting effect on any music devotee. Ruach is thirteen songs with a lot of punch and musical variation that few artists, at any level, can readily match.

The album opener “Out of the Mire” begins with intensely rhythmic percussion, acoustic instrumentation, and sharply angular guitar work gaining power as it progresses. It’s an instrumental track, but there are choral voices employed that sweeten the often fiery performance. The track is relatively short, but it makes maximum impact within less than three minutes. The terse and intensely melodic guitar opening “Skin Deep” is soon joined by a more lyrical lead guitar snaking over the top and segues into some impressive flourishes. The vocal contributions to the song have a nicely exhortative quality and the chorus underlines those elements without ever pushing too hard. It’s hard to resist the emphatic passion coming from every passage of this song. The powerful bass playing in this song is given a prominent position in the mix and works quite well with the lead guitar and rhythm section. “Gold Rush” has a much more straight ahead rock and roll attack and foregoes the experimental edge we’ve encountered on the album thus far. Vonji’s vocals veer from an impassioned bellow to snarling raucousness.

“Amnesia” has a decidedly dream-like, laid back vibe vaguely reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s work, sans guitar pyrotechnics. Vonji and his collaborators frame the echo-laden guitar work in imaginative ways and the song gradually sharpens its experimental edge as it progresses. One of the album’s longer songs, “Vox Populi” begins with some sternum rattling bass moving at a leaden, deliberate pace and accompanied by understated drumming. The introduction of a growling sax line darkens the texture some, but Vonji’s clear vocal pushes back against that darkness and balances it nicely. There’s some particularly strong guitar work in the song’s second half and the vocal arrangement serves the track quite well throughout. In some ways, Vonji and his collaborators are reminiscent of The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s prime work and few comparisons could be better. This is a powerful musical release on every level and, while it has little commercial appeal, it hits home with those who love music as art.
9 out of 10 stars

Jason Hillenburg

https://skopemag.com/2017/04/06/vonji-ruach

I’m coming Back: from a dream to reality!

Peace Family.

I Hope y’all had a good weekend.
On this message we are continuing the short stories behind the music on the RuAch album, We Began these stories with the song River Nun, then “Out of the Mire”, This time lets talk abit about the featured track titled “I’m coming back”. I always say when one receives inspiration one has to be quick to act upon it to capture the idea before it disappears, Well this track has to be one of the best example’s of this.

Before adding this song I thought the album was complete, We recorded 24 tracks for the album of which I whittled down to 12 to make the album, & I had already planned to send the album master off on a Monday morning to be published, Little did I know a new song would rise only the previous day to this, I remember waking up from a dream at 5am on a Sunday morning, the day before I needed to send all the material off.

I had a dream that I was a soldier somewhere in the middle of a war zone close to a beach, But I was appointed in charge of rescuing the injured & bringing them to safety, So I would go to the sea shores & carry those injured individuals back to our camp where the soldiers can be looked after & nursed, As I was rescuing the injured all I was thinking of was a woman I loved & longed to be with again back at home, chances of survival were very slim but in the dream I had faith that I would see her again.

The determination was there not to be killed by crossfire while I am exposed carrying the injured to safety, But when I knew everyone I rescued was safe the dream took a sudden turn, & I found myself in a new place that seamed like a 1960s New Orleans, & I had a feeling of joy & happiness in that I survived a war & finally I could go & see my love again, On my way home to where I apparently lived in the dream I stumbled into a building, When I entered it this turned out to be an empty ballroom, But I could hear music playing, & it sounded like what one might define as “Free Jazz Music”.

I then awoke from my dream, The music in the dream kept playing while I was conscious, & I remembered there were certain different styles of music playing throughout the dream, Very rarely do I get to remember dreams as accurately as this one, but that dream was more like a Movie of which I dint only remember the picture but I remembered the soundtracks on each part of the dream.

Right then I knew this dream had to be included on the RuAch album.

That morning I contacted Carmine Manfredi our sax player & told him the dream, & asked him if he could help me with a very much-needed Sax piece on the “free jazz section” of the track.

That morning I went to our studio which we call “The Cave”, I played & recorded all the Drum parts, Bass, Guitars, & Vocals, Then Carmine came into the Cave from his job, it’s now 11pm, & he began to work on that section of the music until we were happy with it, I came back early the following Monday, mixed & mastered the track, Cut a new master disk & shipped the music off for publishing before midday that following Monday.

Today being a Monday I reminisced on that experience & thought I would share this message with you the family.

Sometimes we are slow to act & move with every ounce of inspiration we receive, I say move with your spirit to see your dreams accurately manifest into a physical existence.

So now I am wishing everyone who read this an inspirational & productive week.

Peace & blessings family

Vonj

http://www.vonjruach.com

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: 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

Vonj – Ruach. The album is Out Now! 07/07/16

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I am happy to announce to the family that TODAY 07/07/16 “RUACH”..The Anticipated  album is OUT NOW!, Selling Online, & in various stores & vendors internationally!. You can download the full album through our shop on my website www.vonjruach.com

The word Ruach essentially means Spirit!, This has been a guiding theme for us this year, as it has been proven countless times that when you have SPIRIT you can make what seems impossible? Tangible!.

Ruach has been like a seed planted on good soil, & your support will help us grow stronger enabling us to establish greater things in the near future, so remember when you support Ruach? Your not only supporting the music, you are supporting the vision..Love & unity.

Peace from the musical family, Vonj, Mat Diamond, Martin Donovan, Carmine Manfredi, & Garry Millhouse.

We Thank Richard Lamb from Planet Digital Media, for publishing the physical albums to a supreme standard.

& not forgetting the great man behind the camera Paul O’Connor, for making each picture tell a story.

Stay Tuned & stay blessed family!

We Love you all.

Vonj

http://www.vonjruach.com

http://www.vonjproductions.com

Renaissance Challenge! Starting in 7.7.16

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We have all heard of the Ice bucket challenge & other similar challenges that have been hyped by the media, I thought about a challenge which won’t go down as popular but will be life changing to those who attempt it. This summer, Seven, Seven, Sixteen I will be within a few forums online with “The Renaissance challenge”, The plan is to inspire people to be economically independent.

We all have great ideas which some of us have been made shy by society to talk about,  Well from July the 7th 2016 we are going to start working on our life time vision, This may take a year to plan out, but at the end of that year we may find ourselves in a place where we are able to begin our own business’s with a fool-proof strategy!. Most of us have thought of what we would like to see ourselves doing in life,  But “writing about it” is the next best thing, We don’t necessarily have to show our plans publicly, but we should at least be talking about it within our households, whether you want to start your hair dressing business, film production, record label. I will be here through the forums to motivate people through their situations.
The reason I am telling you about this now & beginning this Challenge in the SUMMER is because I know most people won’t wake up tomorrow and start on their plan, Time is needed to let this thought marinate. Also I feel that summer time is when people are more open to the flow of inspiration, we are out doors in the sun, we are in festivals, we tend to be socializing more, so naturally our bodies would be better adjusted to work on R.L.M. “Real Life Matters”.

Anyway family, I hope you continue well & strong within your week & still smiling!.

Other updates coming soon.

Peace

Vonj

A music in the making part III: Jam Row

Love & Unity people. Here we see the 3rd part of A musical journey. Another step towards establishing an album project independently. The one thing we want to show in these videos is the passion and love we have for our craft.

If you like what you see here, feel free to comment

Peace and blessings people as we get through these videos sequentially

Love

Vonj

 

A music in the making part II: Practice

Peace people, here we introduce the second part of “A music in the making: sub Titled “Practice”, we make mention of the importance of practicing, many people like to remain in their comfort zone, but in life we should strife to challenge ourselves to become better no matter how much or how little we have to start with. This is why we are here to show and prove to you through music the development stages within this album project, music is all about thorough expression and progression. We hope you enjoy this part, and hopefully what will turn out to be a full documentary.

Peace & love from the family.

Vonj

twenty sixteen, make your vision tangible

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Peace and love family,

I wish you all a positively productive, and a prosperous new year.

Indeed we call this year twenty sixteen, positive expectations are on the rise, the new generation is becoming more and more privy to real information on world affairs.

TV and Cinema have just been bypassed by the growth of the internet, research may cause such a hefty ripple effect that Sports may not seem stimulating enough to distract the new bread of youths coming up.

all eyes are watching. the best thing we can ever do from now on is stay in our lane, be a master of ourselves so we can be able to truly test society and not be placed in a subservient position to the controlling cooperation and institutions. To put it more plainly, if you are into biology for example? study more into this science this year until you can invent your own standards that would stand either evenly or superior amongst that mainstream science

You see it is very easy to become complaisant about life, but whenever you see a flaw in science, politics, religion, TV, the arts, think of what you are able to do in your lane that could override an already flawed existence.

as I said in a song called the word, “We the people have the real power”

2015 for me was the year to draw my blue print, 2016 will be the year the works will be made seen. may we support each other on these things.

many Up dates coming soon.

feel free to comment your thoughts on this page any time

Love & Light People

Vonj

 

Mind & Soul – Correct intensity

 

Harmony & Strength family.

A brief update…

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(at the moment I am putting my mind & soul at test, there is an album, a documentary and a book in the works, the theme for this will be revealed soon. I see the world in dire straits so there has never been a better time to bring love, beauty and integrity to the masses, I am privileged to be independent and free to do this at this point. this is not a mission for the faint hearted, the research, the studying, travelling, and the studio time for this project is intense, but my passion will never fail, even though some may say and some may think this is “mission impossible”, I am in my realm and in no rush. the mission will be complete for my intent is real sincere)

Even though my time on my websites will be currently minuscule I shall try to respond to comments whenever free space avails.  when the works are done, I’ll be back with some good messages for you family.

meantime I hope you enjoy what has been already published, as always I thank you all for your support.

Love & prosperity to all.

Vonj