All Day was created during a community workshop in ArtsXchange in Atlanta, led by Baltimore-based OneBeat Fellow Kariz Marcel. "This song is a reflection of the energy we encountered in Atlanta,” Kariz reflected. “Mixing indigenous African instruments with an MPC drum machine is heaven in my book. It was really cool to see adults follow the lead of the youth during the session. To me, the term ‘All Day’ means commitment, waking up and being yourself, going to bed still being yourself!” The track began as an improvisation led by several OneBeat fellows (Jax Ravel, Chakib Bouzidi, and Rodney Barreto), and “soon a 13-year-old mastermind percussionist named Ayanfe Kemit joined in playing a plastic bottle and an African percussion instrument called the Krin. I was totally amazed by his discipline and skills. He also assisted in programming the drum beat. I honestly feel like I channeled my ancestors during this experience. I learned about new instruments and the beautiful black culture in Atlanta. The soul of Cuba, Algeria and Madagascar resonated in the track. “All Day” was recorded and mixed by Kariz Marcel, with additional mixing and mastering by Jeremy Thal and Chris Botta. Along with Ayanfe’s contributions, “All Day” also features his younger sisters Akanke and Ayorinde Kemit.
from OneBeat Mixtape 2019,
released March 17, 2020
Produced and Arranged by Kariz Marcel
Featuring the incredible talent of Ayanfe Squarrel-Revell, his younger sisters Akanke and Ayorinde Kemit, and the community at the ArtsXchange Street Studio
A special thanks to Alice Lovelace, Santiago Paramo + The ArtsXchange in Atlanta, Georgia!
Mixed by Kariz Marcel + Christopher Botta + Jeremy Thal
Mastered by Christopher Botta