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    APE  Records  Set  to  Release  New  Single  -­  Elisee  ‘I  Day  Shina’ (I’m  Shining)  

March  10!

 If  it  has  anything  to  do  with  music,  Elisee  can  do  it.  Born  Yves  Elisee  Samuel  Akowendo  in  the  Ivory   Coast,  the  multi-­‐talented  Elisee  was  raised  in  a  home  steeped  in  song.  “I  come  from  a  Christian  family   where  music  has  a  very  important  place,”  he  says.  “Every  morning,  noon  and  evening,  we  sang  gospel   songs.”  As  a  boy,  Elisee  discovered  his  love  of  rhythm  drumming  in  his  local  church’s  youth  band.   “Music  has  always  been  my  passion.  I  was  constantly  listening,  composing  and  singing,”  Elisee  says.

In  2006,  fate  stepped  in:  his  church  group  was  invited  to  tour  Israel.  Elisee  realized  he  had  to  make  a   choice:  pursuing  a  masters  degree  in  business,  or  following  his  lifelong  dream  of  becoming  a   professional musician.  He  decided  to  follow  his  dream,  and  remain  in  Israel.  The  transition  wasn’t  easy.

To  begin  with,  Elisee  didn’t  speak  Hebrew.  But  his  church  and  the  ex-­‐pat  Côte  d’Ivoire  community   provided  some  support.  “I  met  great  people,  made  new  friends,  and  hoped  that  maybe  here  I  could   live from  music,”  he  says.  It  seems  to  have  been  a  wise  decision:  in  Tel  Aviv,  Elisee  crossed  paths  with   APE producer  Tamir  Muskat.

Muskat  discovered  Elisee’s  band,  the  Groove  Ambassadors,  on  YouTube.  “I  was  surfing  through  videos   and became  mesmerized  by  this  amazing  African  drummer,”  Muskat  remembers.  “Then  I  saw  him   jump  out from  behind  the  drum  kit,  and  grab  the  mic.  It  blew  me  away.  I  knew  immediately  that  I   wanted  to  work with  him.”

“Tamir  played  me  some  beats  and  we  really  connected,”  Elisee  recalls.  Surprisingly,  Elisee  had  never   written  lyrics  before.  “This  project  was  a  new  challenge  for  me,”  he  admits.  Although  the  artist  seems   equally  comfortable  singing  in  French  as  he  does  rapping  in  English,  much  of  ‘I  Dey  Shina’  is  sung  in  his   native  Baoule.  “Sometimes  it’s  easier  to  express  certain  emotions  in  your  native  language,”  he  says.

So,  what  is  the  song  about?  “I  was  looking  at  my  life,  and  seeing  myself  now  living  from  music  and   playing  around  the  world.  I  wanted  to  thank  God  for  enabling  me  to  live  my  dream,  and  to  show  others   how  being  grateful  for  what  we  have,  and  never  giving  up  on  our  aspirations,  makes  anything   achievable,  if we  invest  positive  energy  into  it.”  Even  if  you  don’t  speak  Baoule,  Elisee’s  positive  energy   jumps  from  the speakers  and  leaps  off  the  screen.

Now  there  is  no  turning  back.  “Music  is  my  life,”  he  says.  Where  does  he  see  himself  five  years  from   now? “I  want  to  keep  on  making  people  happy,  collaborate  with  other  great  musicians  and  producers,   meet  new  people  all  over  the  globe.  I  want  my  music  to  be  heard  from  the  tiniest  villages  in  the   wilderness,  to  the  bustling  metropoles  of  the  world’s  greatest  cities.”

What’s  the  main  message  of  the  song?  “We  all  have  the  same  blood  flowing  through  our  veins”  Elisee   says. “And  if  we  love  and  help  one  another,  I  believe  we  can  live  together  in  peace.  I  just  want  to   spread  love all  around  the  world,  and  promote  the  cultural  riches  of  the  mother  land,  Mama  Africa.”   ‘IDay  Shina”  (I’m  Shinning)  is  set  to  be  released  everywhere  on  March  10th  on  Ape  Records.

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