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Holiday Guide — We Recommend COURAGE – the new EP by AJA MONET!

Holiday Gift for loved ones, young ones, yourself.


Courage is the greatest of all virtues


Mass Appeal Premieres Courage EP:

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Dear Friends,
I am excited to announce that my latest project is officially released and available for your listening and purchasing pleasure. The EP is a compilation of five tracks that I worked on with Shayfer James and an incredible band of musicians (Thomas Senator, Justin Thompson, Jae Ko). We have been performing these songs together and I am honored to share them with you. The first time we performed these tunes for the public was this past summer at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN when I opened for Robert Glasper & Talib Kweli. We received inquiries about when the music would be out and finally it is here! I recently toured Europe with a series of local makeshift bands and we performed renditions of these songs as well. The feedback has been exciting and we’ve received a great deal of en*COURAGE*ment. 
I titled this EP “Courage,” because I was inspired by Maya Angelou’s description of one of the greatest of all virtues during a conversation she shared with Dave Chapelle. All art demands of us courage, to risk, to delve into complete self. I am learning the range of my voice and to see it’s uniqueness as it translates to someone who has the ear for it or not. This project furthers the interest and it makes the writing process less lonely. Typically, writing poetry is a solitary act or sometimes too crowded with all those inner selves. Collaboration encourages surrendering and sincere dialogue. Gil Scott Heron was a poet but he was also a singer. His voice permeates your being when you hear him. He worked with incredible musicians and made classic songs with his poems. I would hope to continue in that legacy of those who don’t see their work as a poet separate of their voice, body, and musicality.   
The more I learn about other languages and cultures and even my own Afro-Cuban heritage, I learn the power of inflection and tone, sound and vibration–I love the poetic liveliness of it all. The experiential process of poetry, the living of words and the movement of saying. These are devices in many cultures. It is often belittled in the Western world especially when it comes to poetry. If I tell you, how you say a thing is as important as how you write a thing, then you call me a spoken word poet. I am a poet. I say a word as I sing and I sing as I say. When you hear my voice all my ancestors are there with me too, writing. It is what we pass on to our children, the heirloom of heirlooms. 

I hope to be granted more opportunities to create and share music with you all. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to open this email and receive a gift. 
I appreciate your openness.

aja monet

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