The KAJ; noun. (sounds like "cash") 1. A soulful and funky Los Angeles based music group. 2. Acronym for the founding members of The KAJ, Kumasi Simmons, Anas Canon and Joel Van Dijk 3. Music for the heart, soul, and movement of the feet and/or hips. Synonyms SEE Neo-Doo-Wop, The Kajuals, Kajifornia
Vintage appeal and modern feel; The KAJ busts onto the scene with a fresh take on that classic hifi sound of rhythm and blues infused with the beats, rhymes and poetry of hip hop with an extra emphasis on L.O.V.E
. Founded by previous collaborators, producer and founder of the record label Remarkable Current, producer Anas Canon and rhymesayer Kumasi Simmons joined force with the addition of producer/multi-instrumentalist dynamo Joel Van Dijk. Their current 3-track EP preview 'The Sounds of Making Love" features the foot shuffling danceable and funky "Somebody Move, and Nobody Gets Hurt" as well as the beautiful and soothing ode "L.O.V.E." and the feel good vibes of "We Gon' Groove." The EP is merely a preview of what is to come from this wundergroup and features appearances from guests M. Spivey and Bridget Barkan on vocal duties.
All accomplishments aside, in our current world situation, The KAJ strives to promote peace and L.O.V.E
. through the universal language of music. Through diplomacy and feel good vibes, The KAJ seeks to uplift the wind in your sail with the swiftness of a stylish fox, ya dig?
Kumasi Simmons (a.k.a
Karniverous B. Hawkins) is the voice, the poet, the front, the OG, and the "character" Kumasi is is an accomplished lyricist from Compton, KAJifornia has released multiple solo efforts, and collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Kanye West, Adam Levine, The Game, and Mos Def. Kumasi rose out of the streets and the grime of the ghetto, dusted off his shoulders and kept shining. He's got big hair and might ask you "What's your ethnicity?" in a random encounter.
Anas Canon (a.k.a
. Armando Sharpear) the director, the DJ, the audiophile, the style, the renaissance man. As a producer and DJ he has worked with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Common, Zion I, and others. Anas is firmly committed to advancing social awareness and promoting diversity through art. Anas has been published in the Washington Post and CNN.com
, as well as interviewed by countless newspapers, magazines and media outlets including PBS, BBC and MTV. He's kindof a big deal, just google it.
Joel Van Dijk (a.k.a
JJ Sweetfingers) the composer, the multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and general studio rat. Joel is currently musical director and guitarist for international recording artist Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme. He has toured around the world and performed on numerous TV shows and radio including BBC, The Conan O'Brien Show, Jules Holland, Canal + and more. Joel has released solo efforts as well as appeared on numerous records with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Outasight, Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde and more. He's got pretty sweet fingers.