first_img ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ At 25: Zhané’s Renée Neufville & Jean Norris Look Back On Their Classic R&B Debut Zhané’s ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ Turns 25 pronounced-jah-nay-25-zhan%C3%A9s-ren%C3%A9e-neufville-jean-norris-look-back-their-classic-rb Email Facebook Twitter News The onetime duo reminisce about their 1994 Motown debut, which featured the hit single “Hey Mr. D.J.” and is still remixed todayLakeia BrownGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 11:04 am 25 years ago this month, Renée Neufville and Jean Norris released Pronounced Jah-Nay, an R&B masterpiece and timeless body of work rooted in jazz, blues, hip-hop, soul and love. Yes, love. A love of music, artistry, words and self. The certified-platinum album was both futuristic and vintage in its versatility, astonishing vocal range, composition and overall musicianship, easily making it a cornerstone of what would soon emerge as neo-soul.In 1994, R&B groups were a dime a dozen. A new duo or group popped up often, promising to leave an imprint on our souls or make us dance, at the very least. It was difficult to differentiate one from another and then there was Zhané, whose French name is a combination of “Jean” and “Renée” but with a “Z” added for color.”It wasn’t our intention to create a timeless classic album,” says Renée, who wrote much of the album including “Sending My Love” and “Changes.””Stylistically, I love the classics, and I thought it was wise to not chase the trend, but keep the direction of the songwriting neutral so it wouldn’t swing too left or too right.”While the music was neutral, their look was anything but. Two beautiful young women, one whose skin had darker hues, the other light. One tall, the other petite. The glaring differences created a gorgeous balance for the two students who had met at Temple University. Their sultry sound coupled with their unique look grabbed the attention of many including Kay Gee, DJ and member of the GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. This relationship led to Zhané’s first hit single, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” which was released on Roll Wit tha Flava, a compilation album from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Records.  The certified-gold single married New Jersey hip-hop to Philly soul. “The song was refreshing,” says Jean. “It was feel good music with a coming-of-age sound.” That powerhouse-groove track helped Zhané negotiate a record deal, ultimately landing at Motown. “We had already proven that we could make a hit song,” says Jean.Zhané didn’t just create one hit song; the 13-track album was full of magic. Pronounced Jah-Nay garnered three certified hits, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” “Groove Thang” and “Sending My Love.” Executive produced by Zhané and Kay Gee, the album hit a cultural chord, creating a space for young fans to not just dance but reflect, grow, love and contemplate. It was “grown folk” music for the young and young at heart. “Kay Gee helped provide the edge we needed to appeal to a younger audience without us sounding too mature,” Renée told us. “I was very grateful to him for that.” While the songs that hit radio waves were well-received classics (“Sending My Love” is the most licensed song from the album), the B-side tracks were arguably the strongest. Songs like “La, La, La,” “Sweet Taste of Love,” “Off My Mind,” and “For A Reason” were masterpieces—complete with perfect riffs, harmonies, notes, range, lyrical composition and a teaspoon of pain.It is remarkable that the then-20-somethings created a classic R&B album with such poignant lyrics. Renée says they pulled from their own experiences when writing. “‘Sending My Love’ was personal. It was about my first love and what I was going through at the time,” she says. “[The songs] “‘Changes’ and ‘Love Me Today’ were about that same guy.” And that is what makes a classic piece of work: The authenticity, human emotions and shared experiences that connects us all. Lyrics that go deep, feelings that run the gamut, melodies that reach heaven and passion that is unmeasurable is what defines timeless music. “There are younger people discovering our music and creating remixes,” says Jean. “Jaguar out of Philly reached out to me recently and told me a young artist in France rhymed over ‘Sending My Love,’ so the music continues to live on, which is an honor.” That same love allows Zhané to sing their music even today. “I still love every song,” Renée says. “I will never grow tired of them. How can you be tired of the gifts God gave you?”Jean and Renée have given fans several gifts since Pronounced Jah-Nay, including the duo’s sophomore project, Saturday Night in 1997. Both artists have gone on to record and release music, Jean with her husband Marcus (they received a GRAMMY nomination in 2018 for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance) and Renée as a solo artist and collaborator.But will they ever sing together again? It might not happen anytime soon. “There are no hard plans right now,” says Jean. “But I think it’s something that needs to happen at some point.” Read morelast_img read more

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday termed the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia “nothing but an in camera proceeding”.Moudud, a senior lawyer and standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), made the remark referring to the trial process of the BNP chief in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case at Aliya Madrasa premises in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area.”I don’t think Khaleda Zia is facing any public trial. The trial is being held not in presence of the general masses. This is rather an in camera proceeding,” he said alleging that even the lawyers are often being barred from entering the court.Moudud was placing his arguments following another senior lawyer and former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar’s defence arguments on Thursday.Dhaka special judge court-5 judge Md Akhtaruzzaman adjourned the hearing for the day and ordered to place the rest of the argument on 16, 17 and 18 January.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station on 3 July 2008, during the military-controlled caretaker government.The commission accused Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others allegedly for embezzling over Tk 21 million brought from abroad for using it in the welfare of the orphans.They were indicted in the case on 19 March 2014.Read More: ‘Khaleda pleads for justice’last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week –A radiationless revolution, progress towards a fusion reactor and neuroticism’s link to over-thinking (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-week-radiationless-revolution-fusion-reactor.html © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactorcenter_img (Phys.org)—It has been another good week for physics as a team working at the CERN complex found evidence that suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model—they found tau leptons and muons decaying at different rates. Also, another team at the Australian National University announced a new theory that could lead to a radiationless revolution—it describes a way to confine electromagnetic energy without leakage. And Matthew Fisher with the University of California proposed the idea of quantum cognition based on synaptic nuclear spins, i.e. neural qubits. His idea is that quantum processing with nuclear spins might be happening in the brain. Also, a company called Tri Alpha Energy reportedly made an important breakthrough in developing a fusion reactor—they found a way to hold a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds. The news from space was good as well, as NASA announced that the New Horizons mission exceeded expectations—sending back images of Pluto and its moons along with a host of other valuable scientific data. Also, another team of astrophysicists found supermassive black holes in the quasar nearest Earth—within Galaxy Markarian 231, they discovered has two black holes spinning around each other.In other news, researchers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that they had created quantum dot solar windows that go non-toxic and colorless, all with record efficiency—the windows capture some of the light that passes through the glass and divert it to solar cells at the edges. And a team of researchers at the University of Toronto announced that they had developed a new “tissue Velcro” that could help repair damaged hearts—it is a scaffolding upon which new heart muscle can grow. Also, another team working at MIT created a new printer called “Multifab” that 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once with no assembly required. It has a resolution of 40 microns and is the first 3D printer to use 3D scanning techniques from machine vision.And finally, if you have ever been accused of being neurotic, a small team of psychologists with King’s College in London and Columbia University in the U.S. asked the question: Is neuroticism fueled by overthinking? And they think they have found why creativity and neurosis-related unhappiness and go hand-in-hand—the same parts of the brain appear to be involved in both. In this event display from the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, proton-proton collisions at the interaction point (far left) result in a shower of leptons and other charged particles. The yellow and green lines are computer-generated reconstructions of the particles’ trajectories through the layers of the LHCb detector. Credit: CERN/LHCb Collaborationlast_img read more

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read The Army is indeed currently at work building a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit or TALOS.  The suit is meant for Special Operations Forces, and while it can’t fly, it does repel flames and ammunition. In addition to protecting soldiers, the Army said in an announcement this fall that it hopes the technology that is being developed for the suit can be used to create even better prosthetics for soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Prototypes are expected to be ready for testing in June.       Last month, Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic RoboCop was rebooted with The Killing’s Joel Kinnamen in the title role. The most recent episode of Community had Abed (Danny Pudi) highly anticipating/dreading the remake of his favorite robot vigilante movie “Kickpuncher.” Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon? NASA Takes a Step in That Direction.And in Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as Iron Man last summer, he defeated Guy Pearce’s revenge-driven mad scientist (but aren’t they all?) alongside his friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). To lend a hand, the Colonel was decked out in an uber-patriotic, government-sponsored super suit to become: War Machine.You can’t say that TALOS isn’t on trend.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Coming soon to a top-secret government lab near you…Iron Man?Sort of. Last week, in a case of life imitating art — or least the demands of the domestic box office — President Obama made mention of an Army project called TALOS during remarks at a White House event announcing the development of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in Detroit and Chicago.Related: What If EVERYTHING In Your Life Was Connected to the Internet?Obama jokingly said of the undertaking, “Basically I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man…This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a long time. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 5, 2014last_img read more