Transplanted from Hawaii, hip-hop duo CPHR DVN has made quite an impact on Louisville's creative scene and are now raising funds to help with the release of their next album RNBW MZIK.
Sultra Diviine and Wize Mathematiks relocated to Louisville from Hawaii about a year ago and have made quite an impact on the local creative scene. They are a vegan couple, raising a beautiful family, who began the hip-hop duo CPHR DVN (pronounced Cypher Divine) while stationed together in the military in Hawaii.
The group wants to introduce their next album "RNBW MZK" (rainbow music) to the world and is seeking backers to help them mix, master and print the CD in addition to some t-shirts and other promotional items. They are using Kickstarter.com to raise funds, where people can pledge a certain amount. Donors will only be charged if the group raises the full $2,000 they hope for. They have received pledges for over $200 so far and have 9 days to go.
According to their fundraising page, "CPHR DVN's members, Wize and Sultra explore and push the boundaries of several different genre's in placing them all on the same album, thus presenting a Rainbow of musical possibilities. RNBW MZK shows that music IS the rainbow and the genres are simply its colors. Wize and Sultra also believe this analogy can be used to explain the human race. Humanity is the rainbow and its different races, beliefs, cultures, ethnicity and religions are simply colors of the same rainbow."
Anyone who makes a pledge to their fundraising campaign is promised perks in exchange for their donation. The perks begin for donors of just $5 with a digital download of the first single off of the album. Donors giving $10 will receive a download of the entire album in addition to a download of their previous album "IX KUTZ, Return of the Ninja". The perks increase in value all the way up to digital downloads, autographed posters, album credits and a live show in your honor if you can swing $500.
Their page goes on to say, "Their metaphysical hip-hop is influenced by sounds of Cape Verde (whence Sultra's family hail), Portuguese Ballads, reggae, Trip-Hop , Jamaican Toasting from the late 60s/early 70s, Classical Music, Sounds of Nature, modern rock & hip-hop, avant-garde singers like Bjork, etc.; and funkily interspersed with socio-political, positive, thought-provoking lyrics of a multidimensional nature designed to express love and healing -- with a danceable beat.
To summarize in their own words, they ‘are Hip-Hop alchemists, lyrical metaphysicists, and quantum dancers.’"
You can get a sampling of their sounds from the following show promo they have on Youtube.