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Music to your ears

DiverCity records puts on a show for City College

Cecila Barajas | Staff Writer
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The echoes of student’s voices filled City College’s diminutive theater, while musicians and singers anticipated performing live on Feb. 19.

City College’s own Record Label, DiverCity, hosted a fundraising concert to encourage City College students and others to come and watch skilled artists and bands. It was $5 to get in the door, or $2 with a student I.D.

DiverCity is a student-run record label that allows students the experience of running a label outside of school.

“DiverCity Records has given me a lot of experience and has opened a lot of doors for me,” says show manager Andrew Ngarivka.

Ngarivka is in charge of making sure the show starts on time, communicating with the emcee, and making sure each artist receives a fair amount of time performing.

The first hit of the night was reggae rock band Prima, performing songs such as “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz and “Rock Bottom” by UFO. Prima had the audience rocking their heads back and forth and cheering.

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“We work hard and we’re dedicated,” says one of Prima’s lead singerS and pianist Pej Ahamdi.

Slowing down the mood, Dennis McBride played the piano beautifully and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” before his band mates came on stage to join him. This jazzy blues group call itself Jazz Combo.

“We’re always around the school. We encourage people to always join music,” McBride says.
Soon the darkened room was in awe of Christian/Pop/Alternative/R&B artist V. Rose. Singing acapella at first, Rose showed the audience that despite her delicate appearance, her voice is strong and beautiful.
Rose sang songs from her previous albums and her newest album, “Violets are Blue,” out this summer. She is scheduled to go on tour in Los Angeles in March.

While performer Mouth Piece was singing, she had the audience snapping along with her as she soulfully and passionately sang songs such as her hit “Compatible Rush,” which is heard on the local radio station, V101.1.

Mouth Piece is working on her second album, performs at Marilyn’s nightclub on K Street on Thursday nights and is booked at the Torch Club in Sacramento on March 29.

Last but definitely not the least was the DS Trio. DS Trio played jazz music and was getting their groove on. The guitarist danced along with the beat and the group had the audience feeling the music.

Students should look forward to seeing what is to come for these talented musicians and seeing them perform at local events around Sacramento or on campus.

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