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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Denver Urban Spectrum Releases Theme Song and Video Benefiting Youth

— Denver Community Newspaper Celebrates 30 Years of Publishing —

Denver Urban Spectrum Power 30

Denver Urban Spectrum 30th Anniversary logo, DUS April and June 2017 cover, More Today Than Yesterday Theme Song CD, vocalist Jah Goatfish.

Denver, CO — Denver musician-producer and national recording artist Bobby Wells brought together a group of musicians to arrange and produce the Power30 anniversary theme song, celebrating the 30th year of publishing Denver Urban Spectrum (DUS). An award-winning monthly publication, DUS has been spreading the news about people of color since April 1987. From national headlines to the celebration of local “African Americans Who Make a Difference,” the news magazine with a distribution of more than 25,000 copies each month has been a driving force within the Denver metro African American community for 30 years.

Wells (www.bobbywellsmusic.com) says it was a labor of love for publisher Rosalind “Bee” Harris. When Harris came to him with the idea and introduced him to vocalist Jah Goatfish, he got excited. “She presented me with a challenge to do a remake of the song ‘I Love You More Today Than Yesterday’ by the Spiral Staircase. I was honored to work with Jah, an incredibly talented performer who can sing in many languages, and my very good friend Bee Harris,” said Wells who is featured on the June cover of DUS in honor of Black Music Month.

The song remake and video, available to download at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jahgoatfish and view at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt9r4VRzRNc, is in a reggae style, a specialty of Jah Goatfish (www.jahgoatfish.rocks) who is originally from the Republic of Panama and based now in Denver, Colorado. The accomplished solo vocalist performs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and in a Caribbean patois. With more than 30 years of experience, he sings Brazilian Jazz, Afro beat, Reggae/Dance Hall, R&B/Funk, and Contemporary Jazz.

The theme song’s video, which was produced and filmed in Denver, includes a special appearance by classical and jazz bass player Charles Burrell. Burrell, who resides in Denver, is 97 years old and most prominently known for being the first African American to be a member of a major American symphony. Scenery also includes the historic Dr. Martin Luther King sculpture by internationally known sculptor Ed Dwight (www.eddwight.com) and the Kasbah Nightclub, which was featured on the television show Bar Rescue.

Proceeds from the song will fund a $500 scholarship for a high school student pursuing a career in journalism, to be presented by the Denver Urban Spectrum at the Power30 Family Reunion Festival (www.familyreunionfestival.com) on Saturday, August 5. The festival is part of the multi-month Power30 celebrations for DUS’s 30th anniversary, and families are encouraged to participate in the institution of family reunions while enjoying live entertainment, retail and food vendors, a children’s pavilion, a car show and much more.

Anniversary celebrations kicked off in April, with a cover story featuring the newspaper’s publisher and the journey she has traveled for the last three decades, plus an awards reception recognizing the 2017 African Americans Who Make A Difference. On May 13, the 30th anniversary luncheon recognized 15 couples selected as the DUS Power30 Couples, including Denver’s two African American Mayors and First Ladies, Michael B. Hancock and Mary Louise Lee and Wellington E. and Wilma J. Webb. Luncheon guests watched a commemorative video reflecting on the publication’s 30-year history and the debut video of the anniversary theme song.

Other upcoming anniversary events include a Comedy Explosion on June 28 with nationally recognized comedian Louis Johnson, who has been entertaining audiences around the country for more than 25 years and featured in the June DUS issue. This celebration will be held at the nationally recognized Comedy Works (www.comedyworks.com) along with a social media comedy campaign contest that will give aspiring comedians a chance to appear on stage.

For more information on events, tickets, volunteer opportunities or sponsorship, call 303-292-6446 or visit www.DUSPower30.com.

 

About Denver Urban Spectrum:
Since 1987, Denver Urban Spectrum has been spreading the news about people of color. The Denver Urban Spectrum 30th anniversary is a celebration of community, youth, progress, entrepreneurship and leadership. With a distribution of 25,000 monthly printed copies, Denver Urban Spectrum is one of the most sought-after community publications in the Denver metro area. For more information, visit www.denverurbanspectrum.com or call 303-292-6446.

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Denver Urban Spectrum
publisher@urbanspectrum.net
303-638-9126

 

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