Official Hip-Hop Band for the Atlanta Hawks To Join the 2nd Annual HBCU Alumni Cruise

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AFAR is a live, instrumental, five-piece Hip Hop band that is tearing up the scene in Atlanta! They will be performing the hottest hip-hop music on the 2nd annual official HBCU alumni Cruise. The cruise takes place during Memorial Day Week, and is sponsored by The HBCU Network. http://www.HBCUalumniCruise.com

If there is one thing that is consistent with Black College Tradition, it is innovation. It is excellence. It is overachievement. Meet AFAR, an exemplar of all three!

AFAR is a live, instrumental, five-piece Hip Hop band that is tearing up the scene in Atlanta! In addition to stellar appearances at NBA Rhythm N' Rims with Nappy Roots and 3LW, and at several large venues around the country, they have also been selected as the house band for the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta based ensemble will be featured live at every home game during the 2004-2005 season.

AFAR has been compared to The Roots, and experiencing one of their live performances may leave you wondering if you haven’t indeed stumbled upon the next great hip-hop band of our generation! This summer, AFAR will be bringing that energetic, cutting-edge sound onto the HBCU Alumni Cruise.

“We’re thrilled to have AFAR join us on the cruise. AFAR illustrates a tradition of live instrumentation that is alive and well at Black Colleges. A band of this caliber, playing original and popular hip-hop, will really bring an additional layer of texture and depth to this HBCU summer experience.” said The HBCU Network CEO and Co-founder, Tamara Oyejide.

“I cannot wait for the HBCU Alumni Cruise. Being from Morris Brown, HBCUs have always been great to me. I appreciate that I can finally give back to something that has been such a strong supporter & positive vibe in my life. I am truly honored to be a part of such a spectacular event. Let's get on the ship - Everybody Up!” said AFAR member Jahah.

The 2nd Annual HBCU Alumni Cruise, sailing from Miami to Mexico from May 30th to June 3rd, promises to be THE marquee HBCU event of the summer, as 2005 graduates join other young alumni in this celebration of excellence, overachievement, and Black College Tradition.

About AFAR: AFAR has recently completed recording its CD, "AFAR" which is due to be released in May 2005. The members consist of Doron Jazz, Che, Demuze, Jahah, and Marc Dinero. Besides live music, AFAR combines two other concepts that are woefully absent from Hip Hop: Unity and Education. The five members conduct workshops at schools to teach children that in this era of music, the source of it all is live instrumentation. AFAR is committed to push the boundaries of how Hip Hop defines itself. http://www.AFARmusic.com

About The HBCU Network: The HBCU Network is a 6-year old company founded by Bolaji and Tamara Oyejide, alumni of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges respectively. The HBCU Network facilitates professional and social networking for its 21,000 members, building their networks with peers and organizations in the process. http://www.HBCUnetwork.com

For more info: http://www.HBCUalumniCruise.com, 1-888-345-1225, or Bolaji@HBCUnetwork.com

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