A big thank you to all the musicians and camera crew members who made Nhojj – MUSIC and the word a reality. A special thank you to the Emmy-nominated Michael Burlingame for having the inspiration to create this beautiful piece, it really warms the Spirit and inspires my Soul… Watch now
Love & Light
Nhojj – MUSIC and the word chronicles out indie singer-songwriter Nhojj in preparation for the landmark “Out & Proud” Brooklyn Museum First Saturday concert. Through interviews, rehearsal and performance footage, the 16 minute short elaborates on the power of music, and the positive messages behind the lyrics of his songs.
Produced by Medama Productions and The Control Group Directors – Michael Burlingame & Ron San Marchi Director of Photography – Yasuaki Nakajima Videographers – Yasuaki Nakajima, Michael Colin, Yuki Sato, Michael Burlingame, Jeremy E. Jackson Editor – Michael Burlingame Graphics – Cristiana Bija (Grafica de Lux) Sound Mixing – Giovanni Massa
Guitar – Marcelo Cardozo Keys – John F. Adams Bass – Clark Dark Drums – Swiss Chris Background Vocals – Ishmael Jeffers, Cameron Bernard Jones, David Williams Guest Artists – Sam Martinborough, sean360x, Bone Intell
Brooklyn Museum was perfect
The band was amazing…
The audience was lively…
The applause was loud…
The standing ovation was exciting.
But I must admit one of the most amazing moments happened off stage after the show. I was standing in the aisle greeting friends and well wishers and generally floating on a wonderful after-show high. In the midst of all the commotion, I happened to look down and saw the cutest child smiling up at me. She couldn’t have been more than 5, African decent, and was holding a child’s camera in her hands. As I glanced down smiling from something someone said, our eyes met and she gave me the most adorable giggle, snapped my picture, and before I could bend down and talk with her, disappeared into the crowd.
And a child will lead them…
One of the most prominent museums in New York city had created a safe space to celebrate and honor the wide spectrum that is our human sexuality, my band and I had blessed the stage with our individual and collective Truth, and someone had brought this little child whose Soul had opened to receive the music in the Spirit of Love that it had been created.
So sweet and pure…
I will always remember that moment… and I am speechless when I think that by living openly and honestly, I was able to bring this innocent child joy and help weave an experience of equality and respect into the fabric of her life. I hope her life is full of smiles as magical as the one she shared with me.
A big thank you to the Brooklyn Museum for producing an event where regardless of gender, sexuality, age, nationality, race, or religion, we could all come together and celebrate our uniqueness and our sameness. Watch some of the on stage highlights:)
Guitar – Marcelo Cardozo
Keys – John F. Adams
Bass – Clark Dark
Swiss Chris — Drums
Background Vocals – Ishmael Jeffers, Cameron Bernard Jones, David Williams
Director of Photography – Yasuaki Nakajima
Videographers – Yasuaki Nakajima, Michael Colin, Yuki Sato, Michael Burlingame
Editor – Michael Burlingame
A big thank you to Jeannine Otis for letting us film at the historic St. Marks Church, and Bob Schaffer for letting us film at his NYC penthouse. To my leading man Ron Hill ~ thank you for being gay for a day:) To my director and producer – Kirk Shannon-Butts and Adrian Lopez, you guys delivered another spectacularly beautiful video! Yasuaki Nakajima our cinematographer – you are the best! And finally to my manager RSM, thanks for making all this happen.
Kirk Shannon-Butts – Director
Adrian Lopez – Producer/Editor (Houston Street Productions)
Yasuaki Nakajima – Cinematographer
Ron Hill – Actor
Nhojj – Actor/singer