The 8th Annual New England Urban Music Awards (NEUMA) are upon us, releasing this past Tuesday the list of official nominees. Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor is a nominee for the “Best Male Jazz Artist” category, for his latest album “Awakened By A Noon Day Sun” (LMMGM/ Spirit Wind Records). Cast your vote for Mwalim and other nominees by visiting www.mwalim.com and clicking the link “Vote for Mwalim in the 2014 NEUMA”
The New England Urban Music Awards was created in 2006 to acknowledge and promote the achievements of local and regional urban artists, producers, Disc Jockeys, and promoters who have contributed to the R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Caribbean, Spoken Word and Gospel music scene in New England. Members of the general make preliminary nominations public and a pool of music industry professionals select qualifying nominees. The winners are selected by a vote of the general public. For more info, visit ne.urbanmusicawards.org
Not a stranger to the NEUMA, Mwalim swept the 2010 Jazz cartegory with his album “The Liberation Sessions” winning the “Best Jazz Male” as well as “Best Jazz Female” for Amaris Moss vocal work on the same album. He won the category again in 2012 for his House Music influenced “DEEP Soul Chants & Hollers” album.
“Awakened By A Noon Day Sun” also called the ‘NDN Jazz’ album for it’s use of eastern Native American influenced melodies blended with a healthy dose of jazz-funk (or funk-jazz). The premiere single from the album, “The Trading Post” is finding it’s way into rotation on jazz, community, and Native American radio stations throughout the USA and Canada as well as internet based stations. The album can be purchased as a download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and Spotify.