"Up on the Roof" with SIENIDE @ Fordham Road, Bronx

“Up on the Roof” with SIENIDE @ Fordham Road, Bronx

(August 16, 2013) Received a gracious invitation to get an exclusive shoot of new works honoring some of the legendary icons of Caribbean and American music.

The latest mural by SIENIDE is comprised of several portraits that include: Jamaican reggae rhythm guitarist and lead singer Bob Marley; American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis; American jazz, blues, folk, singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone; Nigerian musician, composer, AfroBeat pioneer, and human rights activist Fela Kuti; Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe; and Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor, Latin jazz musician, and activist Rubén Blades.

With the exception of an occasional intrusion by a passing El Train, or the sweet voice of a young girl who, from time to time, peers out a fifth floor apartment window of an adjacent tenement overlooking the Fordham Road area rooftop to tell herself colorful stories, the artist maintains a fluid intensity while composing his images. SIENIDE who is feeling the financial crunch that most NYC artists have been plagued by in recent years, pulls together what ever personal funds he has to create new projects. For him, the art resides deep in his heart and evokes his soul. Throughout his life, the art has been a constant, and it is a major part of what sustains him.

Plans for additions to the mural being considered are Cuban-American singer La Lupe, and Nuyorican salsa musician and social activist Willie Colón.

For more info about SIENIDE, goto: http://www.sienide.com/, or visit him on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sienide/137593369649552.

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