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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 16 2014 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are Sons Rising Entertainment and we are excited to announce that our father, Abiodun Oyewole, is finishing up his latest album project entitled "Gratitude".  Those of you gracious enough to support this project will receive rewards and, of course, our sincerest gratitude!

As a founding member of The Last Poets, a group considered by many to be the 'forefathers of rap', Abiodun has dedicated almost 50 years to using his poetry to articulate the struggle, glorify the beauty, and protest the injustices of the Black experience worldwide and in America particularly. He has recorded numerous albums and his work is still very influential today.  Phrases he coined like "Party and Bullshit" have become a mainstay in the hip-hop lexicon.

As an active member of The Last Poets, traveling the world performing and teaching, Abiodun always had a strong desire to record a solo project that was more contemporary. Last summer he teamed up with his grandson, Arrendo "A.D." Liles, a dynamic young producer out of Brooklyn, and began recording what Abiodun claims is "one of the greatest pieces of work that I've ever done." From the outset it was clear that this album would be much more personal than his collaborative efforts with The Last Poets.  Poems such as "My Life", "Spirit", and "The Rain" (a poem dedicated to his parents), would help set the tone for an album that not only provides a window into Abiodun's world but also features collaborations with three of his closest proteges, Apollo Legend Jessica Care Moore, Grammy Award-winning poet J. Ivy, and Abiodun's youngest son Ade.

“Gratitude is a real testament to my values, ideals and my abilities. I am grateful for my life and the life of my family members to create what I think is a wonderful sacred object.” Abiodun Oyewole

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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Over the past year we have been recording this album on a very modest budget and while we are nearing the finish line there is still work to do once we complete the album.  We plan to release the album independently and that is where your monetary support is most needed. Our fundraising goal of $20,000 will cover the following expenses:

  • Mixing and mastering the album 
  • Marketing and promotion of the album (hire publicist to promote the record in U.S. and overseas)
  • Manufacturing - CD duplication and Vinyl pressing. 
  • Digital Distribution 
  • Video Production - Music video for first single "Harlem" directed by Jamal Joseph. 
  • Album Artwork 
  • Abiodun Oyewole Website 
  • Album Release Party - Costs include venue, band, and DJ
  • Fulfill Kickstarter rewards - t-shirts, buttons, etc...

Any funds in excess of the initial goal will go towards additional marketing and promotion. This includes everything from creation of a 2nd video, to getting more bandwidth from print, radio, and online media.  With additional dollars we will also look to create additional merchandise (posters, t-shirts) to accompany the release.

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WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO

We can’t do this without your help. A pledge of any size today is greatly appreciated. But beyond that contribution, we ask that you help us publicize our campaign by posting updates about your support on social media - especially Facebook and Twitter. Your donation and participation makes you a part of the story just as much as we are.

Risks and challenges

We are confident that backers will not be disappointed. Aside from some unforeseen circumstance, we can't see any reason why we won't be able to finish the album and share it with the world before the end of summer. All of the basic tracks have been recorded. Now we just need your help to finish the project.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    #TeamGratitude Package: Welcome to the Gratitude Team! You will receive a #TeamGratitude button and a thank you on social media.

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    Gratitude Digital Download Package: You will receive a digital download copy of the album PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package.

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    Gratitude CD Package: You will receive a collectors item hardcopy of the Gratitude CD which contains two bonus tracks not included in the digital download copy PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package

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    Gratitude Digital Download & Party Package: You will receive a digital download copy of the album along with a special invite to our album release party featuring live performances from Abiodun Oyewole and other special invited guests PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package

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    Gratitude CD & Party Package: You will receive a collectors item hardcopy of the Gratitude CD which contains two bonus tracks not included in the digital download copy along with a special invite to our album release party featuring live performances from Abiodun Oyewole and other special guests PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package

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    Gratitude CD & T-Shirt Package: You will receive a collectors item hardcopy of the Gratitude CD which contains two bonus tracks not included in the digital download copy and a limited edition Gratitude Kickstarter T-Shirt PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package

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    Gratitude Ultimate Package: You will receive a collectors item copy of the Gratitude CD autographed by Abiodun with a personal message to you, a limited edition Gratitude Kickstarter T-Shirt, and a special invite to our album release party featuring live performances from Abiodun Oyewole and other special guests PLUS: The #TeamGratitude Package

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    Gratitude VIP Package: VIP status for you and a guest at the album release party featuring live performances from Abiodun Oyewole and other special guests. Here you'll have a chance to meet and greet Abiodun. This is the Ultimate Backstage Experience! You will also receive two tickets to the invite only listening party PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Triple Play Package: You will receive your choice of three classic autographed CDs from Abiodun to help you complete your Last Poets music collection PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Video Feature Package: We will feature you in the video for the first single Harlem which will be directed by renowned revolutionary filmmaker Jamal Joseph PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Workshop Package: One hour 1 on 1 skype writing workshop with Abiodun. A great opportunity for aspiring or established poets/songwriters who would like to take their craft to the next level PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Ultra VIP Package: Ultra VIP status for you and a guest at the album release party. You'll be Abiodun's special VIP guest where you can hang with him backstage, and have the opportunity to join him and special guests onstage (for you artists he may even ask you to perform). You will also receive two tickets to the invite only listening party PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude For Life Package: As a generous supporter you will have your name listed in the CD packaging for the world to see. Now is your chance to be part of history. PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Revolutionary Package: Framed Handwritten Lyrics - You know that Abiodun verse from When the Revolution Comes or New York, New York or Time Has Come, etc... that just speaks to your soul. Abiodun will personally handwrite, frame and sign any verse that you would like from his over 40 years of music. He will personalize it for you and gift you with an exclusive reward no one else has in the world PLUS The Gratitude For Life Package.

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    Gratitude Official Sponsor Package: You will be listed as an official sponsor of the album and your name/logo will be listed in the CD packaging and on promotional materials. An opportunity for you and your brand to not only be part of something special but also get prime exposure as we promote this album throughout the world PLUS: The Gratitude Ultimate Package

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    Gratitude Hall of Fame Package: Abiodun will perform a private concert for you and your friends up to 50 people at a mutually agreed upon location/venue. Travel and lodging will not be included. Must book within one year from the release of the album PLUS: The Gratitude For Life Package.

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    Gratitude Living Legend Package: One lucky fan gets to record with Abiodun! For aspiring musicians you can have Abiodun perform on your recording. You send us the files and he can lay down his verse at the same studio where Gratitude is being recorded PLUS The Gratitude For Life Package.

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Funding period

- (33 days)