*Young D & Miri Ben-Ari create Afro Remix to hip hop classic
By Fetty Wap
Following the success of their debut single “She Don’t Know”, AfroStringz releases a unique Afro Remix to the Hip Hop classic “Trap Queen” – the single that put rap artist Fetty Wap on the map reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2015, and leading to his record deal with 300 Entertainment.
Fetty Wap has approached Miri Ben-Ari back in April to collaborate on a live performance of the song for an award show, and Miri instead suggested to flip it “Afrostringz style”. Fetty Wap fell in love with this new version that kept the classic feel of the song with a romantic upbeat production of lush strings and Afro House beat. AfroStringz (www.afrostringz.com) brings together two worlds, a fusion of African music with strings sound, a multicultural entertainment experience that is unique, different and powerful.
Stream/Buy “Trap Queen Afro Remix”: https://sparta.ffm.to/trapqueenafroremix
Speaking of Trap Queen Afro Remix release, Afrostringz say, “The challenge was in flipping a Hip-Hop classic “Trap Queen” and keeping it classic. We used our Afrostringz unique sound and production for this Afro Remix. Our goal is to promote African music in America and create a world that has no limits, especially nowadays where the world needs harmony more than ever!”
Afrostringz EP is scheduled for release in 2021. Afro stands for renowned African producer “The Beat Boss” Young D from Nigeria while Stringz stands for Grammy-Award winning violinist/producer Miri Ben-Ari, originally from Israel. Afrostringz began when Young D. reached out to Miri after seeing her captivating violin feature on Diamond Platnumz’s crossover song “Baila”. Miri, who was familiar with Young D.’s production for the song “Bom bom”(Timaya ft Sean Paul), met Young D. in the music studio to collaborate on a few songs. The two quickly realized they have created a unique product and sound.
Akintewe Feyisayo Temidayo, better known as Young D (The Beat Boss), was born in Lagos, Nigeria and started his career by producing music for church and for choirs. Among his production accolades are global hits for A-list African Artists including Timaya, Chidinma, Davido, Yemi Alade, Efya, 2face Idibia, Oritsefemi, Flavour, Korede Bello, Mc Galaxy, Skales, Toby Grey, and Vector, among others. Young D’s musical talent has taken his production internationally to produce hits for Dancehall kings: Sean Paul, Gyptian, Konshens, Machal Montano, Bunji Garlin and Maxi Priest.
Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-Winning violinist/producer, “Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations, AKA “The Hip Hop Violinist”, originally from Israel. Miri has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance, and helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, Diamond Platnumz, and Armin Van Buuren. Ben-Ari has received numerous awards such as the Grammy Award for “Best Rap Song”, an “Apollo Legend” by the Apollo theater in New York City, “International Jewish Woman to Watch”, the “Martin Luther King Award” from Israeli President, Shimon Peres, “Remarkable Woman” by First Lady, Michelle Obama, “Girl Up Advocate Award” from the United Nations Foundation, and the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” by Neco. Miri’s recent collaboration with African artist Diamond Platnumz entitled “Baila” has garnered over 10 million views and won “Best Collaboration” award at the 2019 African Entertainment Awards USA.