Born: October 25, 1943 Primary Instrument: Various
Rama Demetrius Dyushambee, DD - AKA: Inspector Out Rageous, The Cosmic Detective; Cosmic D; Jughead; E.D.; Eddie Harris; Edward Douglas Harris, Jr. (false name on birth certificate) - or whatever label. “I know that I am a figment of my imagination:-), and I know better than to take myself or anyone else too seriously.”
I completed my investigations, research, experiences, work and play in San Diego, California, after ten years there, and have relocated to Rocky Mount, North Carolina. I left San Diego on August 1, 2006 and arrived in Rocky Mount on August 6, 2006.
I choose Rocky Mount, rather than some other similar place, because I have never spent any time here, before now, and it is the birthplace of my mother, Nettie Mae Ford - her father Arthur Ford, My grandmother, Roberta, and my great grandfather, Eli - Cherokee - native person of this continent. I'm not sure how far back my immediate bloodline ancestry goes back here, and I AM about doing research on that matter. Rocky Mount also happens to be the birthplace of Thelonious Monk, and I intend to do some serious practicing of my musical instruments here, hopefully in a peaceful environment - in continued pursuit of my IMP/Individual Maximum Potential.
Now that I AM here, I have received the prompting to establish The Thelonious Sphere Monk Jazz Society in Rocky Mount, North Carolina - Monk's birthplace - in dedication, appreciation and continuation of his works and play, as well as all of the other originally innovative, beneficial and influential Giants of Jazz - also spiritual teachers and philosophers who personified, and personify, the highest levels of the human creative potential, and love power, strong and fair, fair and strong.
I was born October 25, 1943 in Petersburg, Virginia. Lived most of his adolescent years in “South B Village,” an African American village in Hopewell, Virginia and teen years in “Davisville” Project until graduation from “segregated” Carter G. Woodson High School at 17 years old, and enlistment into the US Navy in 1961 - Viet Nam Era Veteran, honorably discharged October 25, 1964 after 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.
Why or how did you choose your band name, LISTEN To The SUN?
The sun, just like a dog whistle, is producing sounds that humans cannot, generally, hear. We, as humans, have inherent potential to raise our consciousness, awareness and perception by using the available techniques, consistent from ancient times, to activate more of the unused 85% of our bio computer/brain to improve and enhance our individual existences, including improved hearing. For those of us who choose to pursue our maximum potential, on all levels, while trying to improve our hearing capacity to be able to hear a dog whistle and the sound that the sun is producing, we will learn to hear many other sounds happening all around us that we hadn't previously been aware of. We have the opportunity to try to listen to the Sun.
Do you play live? Where? Do you like it? Any special moments?
I AM reviving my music career after some years of inactivity, live performance wise. My most recent gig was in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 28, 2003. My main priorities at this point in time is to acquire the funding and find the right manager and booking agent for a US and international tour. When the circumstances and conditions are favorable, I love playing live. [For my main special moments see Band History: below.]
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Most importantly, the Internet is making it possible for independent musicians to successfully promote and distribute our music without being dependent on the corporate music industry hierarchy. As long as I maintain all ownership of my music, and a few other conditions.
Would you still sign a record contract with a major label?
As long as I maintain all ownership of my music, and a few other conditions.
What’s your musical history?
My musical roots trace from the'40s and '50s Southern Black Baptist Gospel in the local church and “The Grand Ole Opry” on grandparents' home radio, to high school choir and band. Also, high school “do-wop” group with Jimmy Hayes (original and current singer with THE PERSUASIONS) - the highlight of which was a booking on a show with the original IKE and TINA TURNER band touring the “Chitlin' circuit” in their bus. And, on to music school after the Navy, followed by three years as a private high school music teacher, director of a local Boston, Massachusetts production of the Rock Opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Played the college and club circuit from New York to Maine for 3 years with the Bill Colwell Band, during which time the band backed up JOHN LEE HOOKER on his Boston area gigs in the early '70s, and shared a dressing room area with MILES DAVIS for one week.
As I said, I’m reviving my musical career, currently ‘wood shedin’, preparing and planning to gig and tour. For the last past 20 years my priority had been as a father to my - now deceased as a Homo sapien - 20 years and 3 months daughter/Indigo Child and Evolution Angel, Tanisha Rasanna Dyushambee; And, studying, learning and experiencing how “this that and the other” is related to “the other, that and this,” in preparation for “The Landing” and transition to the next millennium, paradigm, level and dimension.
Who or what are your musical influences?
Some of all of the music that is and ever has been…
Your favorite spot or city on earth?
A small beach town on the Mediterranean about an hour from Barcelona, Spain.
Especially for techno or electronica bands: what equipment do you use?
What ya got set up and working?
Oh yeaaah, check out http://www.YOUtopiaINstitute.org., and Jam On!.