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Guest In Groove Kitchen & Elle Cee Presents- Anane Vega

vega deea picFrom the islands off the West Coast of Africa comes the artist Billboard magazine described as
“combining earthiness with glamour and roots-deep house music knowledge with pop wise
diversity”—Anané™. The singer, songwriter, producer and DJ follows up the 2006 Japanese
release of her debut album “Ananeselections” with “Ananésworld™ ,” a mixture of dance, reggae,
rock, R&B soul, world and Caribbean influences.
Music has been in Anané™’s blood since growing up in the Cape Verdean capital of Santiago. “My
aunts and uncles were known as the Xalinos and they made most of the musical instruments on the
island, such as guitars, violins, and the uncommon Cavaqinho, a small four-string guitar,” she said
about her musical lineage. Anané™ discovered her talent for singing during family gatherings
called “serenades” where people would play guitars and percussion instruments and sing a
“morna,” a melancholic but beautiful ode to past times spent on the islands.
Anané™ eventually decided to bring her talents to New York City where, armed with nothing more
than a bag full of clothes and a heart full of dreams, she immersed herself in the city’s club culture.
She met DJ/Producer Louie Vega, who tapped her as an integral member of the Elements of Life
Collective, and Anané™ used that as a stepping stone to an international career that has included
appearances at Japan’s world-renowned Blue Note, Europe’s celebrated Montreux Jazz Festival,
Finland’s Pori Jazz, Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Cape Town’s Jazz and Britain’s Womad
Festival. Perhaps her biggest gig yet was in 2007 when world-famous entertainment empire Cirque
De Soleil personally approached Anané™ to perform the opening song for the Super Bowl XLII
pre-game show. Her performance of “One Dream” was seen by more than 140 million people
Though she’s won over fans across the globe with her unique voice, singing is only one of
Anané™’s many talents. Anané™ is also a producer and songwriter who made a name for herself
with her edgy remake of the 1970s classic “Let Me Love You” by Bunny Mack, as well as her
emotional version of Yoko Ono’s “Walking On Thin Ice.” Now Anané™ is the co-producer on
several tracks on her new album with Vega, and also co-wrote nine of the songs with Grammy
Award Winner Lisa Fischer, Duane Harden, Lem Springsteen, Kalu Montiero and Djim Djob.
Anané™ is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. She’s been involved in NextAid, an
organization for African children who have lost parents to AIDS, as well as the Anané™ Vega
Scholarship Fund. Formed in 2006, the scholarship was designed to encourage atrisk children to
continue their education. Anané™ is also the co-founder of NuLu, a new digital music label she
started with partner Antonello Coghe. “We like to call it AFROTECH,”Anané™ said of her label’s
sound, which mixes forward-thinking global music with jazz, dance, earthy beats and techy
elements. She is able to promote this and her many other ventures through what is perhaps the most
surprising turn her career has taken—that of a DJ.

What began as a hobby has grown to the point where Anané™ has her monthly residency,
“AnaneSelections,” at the chic, exclusive Soho, NYC lounge, The SubMercer. Eric Morillo tapped
her as his guest at Pacha NYC, and Anané™’s talents have shone behind the DJ booths at Roberto
Cavalli’s Cavalli Club in Florence, Italy, Mykonos’ Cavo Paradiso, exclusive Italian nightclub
Nafoura and New York’s Hudson Bar, where she took part in Svedka Vodka Sessions #3, hosted by
Giant Step or as a regular guest at Roots Party in Cielo, NYC. She also made her London debut at
Ministry of Sound for the recent Soul Heaven Event, and now teaming up with Louie Vega to
promote a new venture, “Golden Ladies” where they will host and feature an all girl party with all
girl DJ’s. What sets Anané™ apart from other DJs is that, being a singer too, she will often get up
on the console or stage and sing a few songs in the middle of her DJ sets. With such a unique
mixture of singing and spinning, it doesn’t take a lot of guesswork to know why Boddhi Satva
named her set as “one of the best DJ sets” at Winter Music Conference 2009.
Believe it or not, all of that is only the beginning. The singer with the heart of gold welcomes music
fans around the globe into her world with “Ananésworld™ ,” her sophomore CD to be released in
February 2010 on Nervous Records. “It’s the essence of who I am,” she said of the project. “These
are my hopes, my aspirations and my dreams. It’s my global expression; soundtracks to moments in
my life.”
Representatives from nearly 200 nations are expected to attend the 2013 Ambassadors’ Inaugural
Ball, a black-tie tribute to U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama being held
in the Carnegie Library at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The gala, promoting
international peace, unity and diplomacy, follows the official presidential swearing-in ceremonies
on Jan. 21, 2013. A diverse audience of dignitaries, executives and special guests are looking
forward to the evening’s lineup of performers, which includes international DJ Anane Vega, South
African songstress Lira, the award-winning soulful House music collective Mi Casa and Hip Hop
pioneer and DJ Biz Markie. Miss USA Nana Meriwether and actress Elise Neal are special guest

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