The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 pm featuring soul and jazz singer Ashanti Munir. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).
From her roots in Roxbury and just singing for the sheer delight, Ashanti Munir presents soulful lyrics and music of the seventies and eighties, and original songs, with a smooth and sultry voice that has helped her attain two top 10 UK Soul CDs and spreading popularity throughout the United States.
Ashanti Munir debut CD titled “Balance.” exploded onto the London, UK music scene on the strength of its leadoff single titled “I’m Staying Home Tonight.” After joining forces with Di Lee and her UK promotion team at Soulchoonz, “Balance” received airplay in Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil and the United States. Ashanti has performed in NYC, Las Vegas, England (London, Warrington & Manchester), and throughout New England. Ms. Munir released her sophomore CD titled “Soul of a Woman” in August of 2010. It was instantly picked up by radio stations in London and remained in the Top 30 at Solar Radio through December of 2010. “Soul of a Woman” was voted the #27 Soul CD of 2010 by Solar Radio. (London) and voted the #46 Soul CD of 2010 by Starpoint Radio’s UK Soul Chart. Ashanti was nominated a 2010 Viewer’s Choice Award for the category of “Best New Artist.” She also starred in her first music videos for her songs “So Smooth” and “Until U.” Ashanti has been blessed to have met and/or shared the bill with many great soul and jazz artists. The list of artist includes Johnny Kemp, Allyson Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spaulding, Marc Staggers, Donald Sheffey, Walter Beasley, Bobby Brown, Michael Buble, Naturally 7, Carmen Lundy, Andre Ward, Myanna, Iamdanielmoore, Elan Trotman and Ledisi.
The Live on the Lawn Series continues throughout the summer. All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.