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Aesthetics Spotlight

Introducing: Musician Noni Rene'

If you're looking for quality music and honest lyrics, you're sure to enjoy the sounds Noni Rene is producing! Noni has loved music all her life and always had ideas for songs, but didn't start writing songs until her preteen years. However, it was at the age of six that Noni started learning music, playing violin. Throughout the years she has learned other instruments (mainly guitar and piano) being formally and self-taught. It took a while for Noni to be confident in admitting she wanted to pursue a music career, writing, producing and performing, but she realized life is too precious to waste not pursuing her passion and honing her talents, so now she is opening up to the world, sharing her art.

See our Q & A with Noni Rene in Aesthetics 6250 A.U. - Veritas


Introducing: Poet Eric Partridge, In his own words...

"Words are fickle and feckless.They are arbitrary symbols that have always caused me great consternation, confusion. Words are assembled like molecules, with each atom a letter. They affect one another in alchemical wrestling matches, sometimes sonorous, sometimes sounding like Charlie Brown's coiled, about to strike. But the ‘C’ is a chameleon ready to switch from impenetrable castle to silky chemise to citrus, full of sweetness and tang.

My goal has always been to learn these tricks, and demonstrate the fluidity and capricious nature of language. I want to be Saint Francis, but instead of fauna, I want to befriend their names, only."


how could he care
so little
about everything...

when once
she loitered

in her flannel,
her youth
and his memory’s merciful foil,

yet he’d sent her far

couched in distanced habit
how warm is
her far-flung smile

her teeth as
white as
the snow.

See more of Eric's work in Aesthetics 6250 A.U. - Veritas

Introducing: The Dubber, Musician

The word Dub means to redo or rework; it is something one does when it is necessary to make alterations. This is what Breath a.k.a THE Dubber has been doing since the age of thirteen.


For over two decades the Washington, DC native has played guitar and encompasses the sounds of funk, rock, reggae, go-go and hip-hop to create a unique musical stew, all his own. Breath’s innovative musical spirit was enlivened through his travels and experiences, particularly in Los Angeles, CA. From 1988 to 1997 he wrote for and performed and recorded with some of the top musicians and bands in LA’s rock music scene. Some of his ventures had interested major labels such as MCA, A.M and Geffen Records. Said to transcend time and be far too experimental, he and the projects with which he was involved never received due recognition. Feeling frustrated and rejected, Breath did what came naturally. He dubbed.

In 1994 he began reflecting on his life, his music and his relationship with the Most High. He spent five years recapturing the essence of his enriched roots and uncovering the True. From the years he spent being hardened by aggressive, hardcore rock and being immersed in the culture of hip-hop, he longed for the soothing sounds of funk and the spiritual healing of roots reggae. As a result, he retreated to those humble beginnings and began to fuse his diverse musical influences. It was then that he rediscovered, Breath, and then that his musical style was forged.

Although he continued to maintain a positive attitude and an elevated level of consciousness, Breath still felt something was missing. He knew that like his music, it was important for his soul to be renewed. So he prayed to the Most high and He answered. He, as the Ancient of Days, Allah, Jah, Yahweh, reflected his answers through Rasta, Moorish Priests, LA gangsters, Water Witches, the homeless, Africans in America, Mom and Dad, Martin Luther King Jr., Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Thelonious Monk, Chris Rock and Breath’s guitar. The answer was revolution.

The Revolution continued through Breath who by 1994 had become a member of The Dubbers of King Selassie I. The group in which Breath was elected, leader, included: two poets, Brother Rack and Lord King David, a vocalist, Brother Regis Bell and a rhythm section with Ras Gooch on drums, Prince Pepe on bass and Brother Breath on guitar. The musical movement had a powerful sound and a divine message with Rastafarian themes. However, it needed work.

The Dubbers spent a year playing at LA clubs and festivals. By 1995 the group had a regular gig called The Fine Arts Workshop at The First Church of Rasta in South Central, Los Angeles. The event was held every Friday night and gave members a chance to hone their skills. At the Workshop the band spent more than a year playing with some of the most talented reggae musicians in LA.

In 1997 The Dubbers of King Selassie I was hopeful and embraced the opportunity to move to the east coast. The band members packed up and headed to Washington, DC. From September 1997 to February 1998 The Dubbers played twenty out of twenty-one scheduled shows. Unfortunately, as time drew on optimism and money began to run low, and the group was forced to disband. It recorded one album, The Sufferer’s Party, but it was never released.

Finally, Breath found himself home alone, and without a group. He heeded the compliments of those who had heard The Dubbers in its divine pageantry and those who said, “The band is dope and ahead of its time.” He knew that he had nothing to lose so with nothing more than his story and his guitar, he went solo. And now the world is being introduced to: THE Dubber.

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