Archive for May 24th, 2010

Najite – Genesis Of Me

Kelvin Najite Ikpeni was born in his native country, Nigeria, and he goes by the stage name Najite. He is a Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Fusion and Contemporary Guitarist based in Laurel Maryland. Najite came to the United States in the summer of 2005, in pursuit of music. He started playing the Guitar as a teenager in his local church. His enthusiasm, hope, dream and desire to grow and become a professional jazz musician, was very high. He then moved from his home town to Lagos, Nigeria, there he met other fellow musicians and learned very fast as he achieved his dream.

Over the years, Najite has worked with so many churches including one of the fastest growing church in Lagos, Nigeria; House On The Rock in the A team, he has also played with well known and renown musicians, like Lionel Peterson, Ron Kenoly, Bishop TD Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, Cindy Trimm, Alvin Slaughter and Marvin L Winans. Najite has also served as a Music Director and Band Leader for the CORA Award Winner, Sammie Okposo and The X-Generation Band. He was also one of the few musicians that were selected to attend the South African Film and Television Market (Sythengi) in South Africa 2003. Najite came to the US in search of new ideas for his rhythmic, melodic and harmonic jazz phrasing.

By releasing his debut album, Genesis Of Me, Najite has also added a brand new style and genre to the music world, and it is called Neo Life. The Neo Life style of playing came from Neo soul, smooth jazz and his native high life rhythm. Najite is very talented and he is a gift from God to this generation. Najite also has a 5piece band called Exponent5 which he produces and directs. The group is committed to play all kinds of music, from jazz to Gospel, R&B, soul, fusion, Neo soul, Neo life, smooth jazz, etc.

Najite comments his new album:  “What a great moment in my life to sit down and actually do what I was born to do, after being in music for almost 2 decades. I finally had the right people to work with on this project. This was really a moment of truth for me and I express my heart. This album is a reflection of who I am, from the day I was born. The up’s and the down in my life, led me to title it: Genesis Of Me. This album is not just one of those albums that you listen to for fun, because I really took my time to fast and pray about all the songs, so, they are highly therapeutic to the mind and soul of the listener. To my countrymen, my love for you will remain steadfast; I hope I make you proud as am proud to be a son of the Land. So guys, welcome to my world of music, thank you all and May God be with you all.”

Najite has made videos of his recording-sessions, which are to find at YouTube and will be available on DVD soon. Najite Ikpeni has signed with the Spectra Jazz Label as of August 13, 2010. His CD The Genesis of Me is now located at the Spectra Jazz website for downloads, and will be re-activated for digital distribution on iTunes, Amazon, etc. within a few weeks. A physical release is planned for later this year.