The E-Slee Brothers Muzic Band
by Brian Schmidt and Lars Christensen
|On the left: Liban Jama a.k.a. Prince Lee. On the right: Yasin Awnur a.k.a. Bashka. Prince Lee and Bashka are posed in front of the keyboard at which they compose many of the instrumental tracks for their music.
The E-Slee Brothers Muzic Band is a Minneapolis based Somali hip-hop group that formed in 2008. The group has four members: Liban Jama a.k.a. Prince Lee, Yasin Awnur a.k.a. Bashka, Oska, and Ayub. Brian met Prince Lee and Bashka at a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon for an interview, but upon seeing that the café was crowded, they offered to show me their studio where we could conduct the interview undisturbed. Both musicians had been up late working on music the night before and worked at their day jobs earlier in the day, but in spite of this were very generous with their time. These pictures capture the musicians in the environment in which their music is created. All of their music and videos are self-produced on the equipment in these photos. The studio space was not large, about 15 by 20 feet. On the wall opposite the mixing console visible in the photos, several cushions were positioned on the floor, creating a comfortable space for sitting or reclining without taking up too much room.
If you would like to listen to the music of The E-Slee Brothers Muzic Band, their official website is on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/esleerecords
. Several songs and music videos are available through their site.
|Two members of the Minneapolis based Somali hip-hop group The E-Slee Brothers in their studio in front of their mixing console on November 7th 2009. On the left: Yasin Awnur (Bashka), on the right: Liban Jama (Prince Lee)
These photos were taken following an interview with Liban Jama at the E-Slee Brothers studio on November 7, 2009. The studio is inside the Casablanca building is quite large holding a restaurant which serves African, Mexican cuisine and American cuisine, two large halls for weddings and parties, as well as dozens of musicians’ studios. In addition to regularly hosting Somali cultural events in the halls, the studios appear to be a central hub for Somali musicians in Minneapolis. Somali Total Music, one of the most popular Somali music studios globally run by Mo Wardi, also has a studio here. On a separate occasion Mo showed us his studio space and introduced us to Somali studio musicians who also have studios in the building.
|This photo of the E-Slee Brothers' mixing console juxtaposes the Somali flag and a poster of 2Pac.|
You can find out more about the Casablanca restaurant at their website:
The Casablanca Restaurant
2630 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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