Bringin’ It Backwards: Interview with Kashaka

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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kashaka over Zoom video! 

Kashaka teamed up with NY-based director Patricia Gloum, who has created and directed videos for artists such as Blu De Tiger and commercials for Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo and more. Together they rounded up some of NYC’s best and brightest creatives, such as musician Siimba Selassiie, dancer/model Arron Ricks, and more, to create a stunning visual. The video was shot at the beloved (and now sadly closed) Williamsburg club, Output (where Kashaka used to run/host the Everyday Afrique parties), an industrial site in Bushwick and Jacob Riis beach in Queens. 

Kashaka a.k.a. Eli Evnen is an American recording artist, record producer, songwriter, engineer and composer. Originally from Lincoln Nebraska, Evnen has lived in New York City, Ghana, & Los Angeles. He’s produced for artists like Topaz Jones, Ski Mask, the Slump God, Chynna, A$AP Ferg, Zebra Katz and more. He’s composed for brands like Tiffany & Co. & Capitol One and has scored music for shows on Showtime, Netflix, & Hulu. His first album as a solo artist, Van Pelt Farm, was made on a family farm near his hometown and released in August of 2020.

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