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Fareed El Boricua Arabe - 'One'

Music Review by Danile Hoyt & Staff

“One” is an electro-pop song that features elements of genres outside of its range. At the beginning of the tune, it has an electronic beat; however, once the full band enters, it has a drum kit doing the beat. It features elements of 80's new wave rock reminiscent of bands like the Police and Men at Work, but mixed with elements of 2000's hip hop artists like T-Payne. The vocals have a nice T-Payne auto-tune effect, but the guitars have that overall 80's wavy sound. At the end of the song, there’s an effective rap section that really acts as a spoken word version of the message of the chorus.

The song is the vision of a world where world peace is met through love, acceptance and tolerance. It features many religious and political tones throughout the piece. “Forgive Thy Neighbor for Their Sin.” It is saying that we should be working with each other and not fighting each other. The political tones come with lines like, “Governments Abandon Our Society.” It calls for people to unite against the hate politicians are currently bringing into our world and fight for love and peace.

Fareed El Boricua Arabe's 'One' brings together many genres to appeal to a mass audience. It's catchy chorus is easy to sing along to and the groove draws you in. Fareed's vocals are smooth and inviting and his lyrics are poignant. "One" may be just one song, but there's a lot of power in one song's ability to unite us and Fareed has written a song that accomplishes unity.

"One" by Fareed is featured on BWH Music Group’s new release, ‘On Peace Street, Vol. One.’ The compilation album is a collection of 19 original songs in various genres by today's best independent artists and songwriters. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, the artist's songs will ultimately remind you of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Filled with meaningful lyrics and exceptional music, this playlist is an example of how music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society. Visit BWH Music Group Album Release Page for more information.


About Fareed El Boricua Arabe

Fareed also known as El Boricua Arabe & El Boricua De La Bachata was a founding member of the legendary Freestyle Group Spirit Matter.  Born to parents Abdelkrim Abdallah Senior and Ramona Abdallah Reyes of Moroccan and Puerto Rican descent, in Hell's Kitchen New York City,  Fareed's successful career spans over 30 years as a recording artist, promoter (Lyrics at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe) rapper, singer/songwriter and poet. 

Fareed started his music career as a member of the Hip Hop Crew Future Force along with Andrew Welsh, John Lindsey and Louis Sharpe a.k.a K7 of TKA/K7, at the world famous Roxy Nite Club, as the opening act for the Legendary Hip Hop group The Cold Crush Brothers on August 19th 1983.  The Roxy performance opened up the door of opportunity for Fareed to record demo tapes with Full Force and Cultjam.

In late 84, K7 departed Future Force to form TKA.  Fareed, Andrew Welsh and John Lindsey then formed the Hip hop group Death City Boyz.   As a member of Death City Boyz Fareed was signed to Snowflake/Prism Records in 1985 and released his first single titled "Bopsey Twins" produced by Dj Tony Torres, Stephen Korlas and mixed by the now legendary Dj Frankie Bones with edits by Omar Santana.  "Bopsey Twins" aired on WBLS Mr. Magic's Rap attack show. It is now considered an Electro Hip Hop classic. 

After DCB decided to go separate ways, Fareed and Andrew Welsh formed the Freestyle group Spirit Matter in early 1986.  Fareed, while shopping Spirit Matter's demos for a record deal, had a chance run in with Frankie Bones at RPBC, a popular record pool in New York City.  Frankie Bones was working at the time with Tommy Musto for Midnight Sun/Tropical Heat Records on a song titled "Crimes Of Passion" originally for a female vocalist, but Bones loved Spirit Matter's vocal style and invited Fareed and Andrew to audition.  Fareed and Andrew then co-wrote Crimes Of Passion and were signed by Silvio PTancredi (former head of Atlantic Records Dance music division) to Tropical Heat Records. "Crimes of Passion" became an instant club hit in the New York City Latin hip hop club scene and was aired on Hot 103 in various mix shows.  Soon after the song aired on Power 96 Miami's top Dance Music radio station on full rotation. 

"Crimes Of Passion" changed Fareed's life forever making it to number 3 in airplay and sales in South Florida and giving him the opportunity to perform to sold out crowds all over New York City's top Dance Clubs (1018, Hearthrobs, Roseland and Palladium), and Miami (Casanova, 1235 and The Hialeah Racetrack).  Spirit Matter's "Crimes of Passion" hit big and today the song is considered a Freestyle Classic.  His follow up single titled "Betrayal" was one of the first Latin Hip Hop Dance songs to combine live latin percussion with live guitar power chord samples often imitated in today's EDM sound. Betrayal was also club hit in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago.  In 2012 Fareed and Producer Junior Galan started Sosua Sound Recordings and released Fareed´s debut Latin album-cd Love n Tears which spawned the now classic Merengue Track Bailando en La Playa which became a Youtube international hit.

Fareed has since recorded the remake in bachata of" In The Air Tonight Profundo" which featured the hit "Esa Mujer," Urban Tek Volume One with the EDM REMIX of Bailando En La Playa and the hit reggaeton track "Vamos Pa La Calle" and his current release Urban Tek Volume 2 El Boricua Arabe released on January 7th 2018. Urban Tek Vol. 2 El Boricua Arabe is his crossover Pop and Latin album which features the hit remake in reggae of "Ain't No Sunshine" fused with reggaeton.

Fareed is the new voice in the Urban Pop Latin market bringing you a diverse mix of styles. Also Fareed is Program Director and Partner at the newest hottest internet radio station LHMPR RADIO latin heat meets Pop and RnB.

For more information about Fareed, please visit his website.


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