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Durdy Banga, Independent and Struggling Hip Hop Artist

One of the main themes for this blog is sharing the struggle of others in this thing called life. Success means different things to different people. One of my newest friends will say he has succeeded when he is able to travel around the world performing his music. Like you, the struggle is real. This week I speak to an artist who is making music in the genre known as Hip Hop.

For those that don’t like so-called rap music, you may not understand that rap also known as Hip-hop is a type of music, an art form and culture that has influenced fashion, vehicle design, our vocabulary and American culture since the 1970’s. Like the Blues, and Jazz, Hip Hop originated in America. The cultural movement known as hip-hop emerged in the late 1970s in the predominantly African American South Bronx section of New York City. It was characterized with being predominately spoken-word instead of actually singing, also much of it rhymed. It went pop with the Sugar Hill Gangs’, “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. I shared that with you so that maybe you will appreciate the hard work and the conversation I have with the artist officially known as Durdy Banga.

This was our first interview. I learned a lot. I asked him about the origin of his name, and the reasons he does what he does. I got the normally shy guy to talk and had a good time hearing him explain his philosophy and dreams.

I am sharing a clean version of my favorite from his latest project The Water Vaporist , aptly called “Introvert.”

His email address for contact is thedurdybanga@gmail.com   The links mentioned in the Kenn Blanchard Show Podcast episode #71 coming this week  can be found here.



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Podcast Episode 70

Fresh as day old bread, back from Podfest.us and have a few thoughts to share about what I realized while I was among some great people.  Don’t quit.  We are put on this planet to help others.  Even when you don’t know what your mission, passion or purpose is help someone in the meantime.  A penny is still a penny even if it looks like the one i found.

Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams.  You may have to define your dreams and make sure it is attainable BUT don’t stop moving forward.

i decided to change the intro of the show a little and hopefully will be more frequent with it. That would be regularly and weekly.  Please subscribe to it

Decided to create a business supporting future and current podcasters that want to go pro by being their producer.  Going to build a network business model that promotes our clients as well as edits for best practices.



When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


If you want to be a part of the network, let me know.



Believe it or not, what you wear is important. It is important in making a first impression. It is important for professional bearing, i.e. security officers, police, medical personnel and even musicians. It can be life and death for a motorcyclist too. It may be a cult thing to just wear a leather jacket, t-shirt and fake helmet on a Harley Davidson but not intelligent. It’s cool but not smart. It is more than bad “assery” to be wearing matching riding outfits on a sport bike. I’ve been riding for over thirty years and I wear as much protective equipment as I can. I like me. I like my skin. I say this not to insult you but to get your attention. If you read my stuff, I like you and want THE BEST for you.

If you are a serious biker, you want to invest in some serious riding apparel. It has nothing to do with being a nerd, tough guy, Harley, BMW, newbie, sport biker etc but being responsible, mature and aware that in an instant, your ride could be interrupted by “Murphy’s Law.”

Custom riding gear guys from Aerostich are coming to the Washington, DC area in March. Check it out.

Aerostich Washington D.C. Pop-Up Event:
March 23rd – 26th, 9am to 7pm daily (9am-5pm Sunday).
Expert Fitting by Aerostich Factory Reps.
Try on Aerostich Gear – Including two ALL NEW models.
Graded sizes and available alterations for a better fit.
Meet factory reps and make some new friends.
GPS Coordinates 38.65106, -77.298399

Visit in Woodbridge, VA, March 23-26                


Aerostich is heading to our Nation’s Capital, bringing all of the latest riding gear and equipment! This special Four-Day Only Pop-Up Event will be located just south of Washington D.C., in Woodbridge, VA.

There you will meet Aerostich factory fitting experts and be able to see, try-on and feel all of the latest Aerostich gear, including the all-new Cousin Jeremy Waxed Cotton 2-piece suit and the lightweight, multi-purpose 1-piece Useful Suit. Check out the latest R-3 (Roadcrafter 3) one piece suit, the Roadcrafter City and Tactical Suits, Women’s sized Roadcrafters, Utility Riding Pants, Darien’s, Falstaff’s and more.

Experience the superior comfort and fit of Aerostich’s 60+ men’s and women’s graded suits, jackets and pants. Hundreds of models, sizes and colors are available for testing and fitting. Along with suits, jackets and pants a good selection of Aerostich Messenger Bags, Elkskin and Deerskin Gloves, Tank Panniers, Saddle Bags, Fleece Layers and Electric Liners will also be available.

Make plans to visit the Aerostich Washington D.C. pop-up location. Open from 9am to 7pm Thursday – Saturday, 9am to 5pm Sunday. March 23rd-26th, at 14069 Shoppers Best Way, Woodbridge, VA 22192 in the Smoketown Station shopping center (GPS Coordinates 38.65106, -77.298399). Swap riding stories with us and other area riders and pick up some FREE Aerostich swag too. More info at www.aerostich.com/DC17

Advance scheduled fitting appointments all days or just come anytime. To arrange an appointment, please contact Lynn at lwisneski@aerostich.com or call (218)341-0416.

The Aerostich Washington DC area Pop-Up is located about 26 miles from downtown DC (35 min), 74 miles from Baltimore, MD (1hr 16 min), 85 miles from Richmond, VA (1 hr 17min), 170 miles from Philadelphia, PA (2 hrs 40 min) and 255 miles from Raleigh, NC (3hrs 35min).

Visit www.aerostich.comDC17 for more details.



To receive a catalog, call 800 222 1994 or email <catalog@aerostich.com>.

For further information, call 800 222 1994, FAX: 218 720 3610

Web: www.aerostich.com, press@aerostich.com

There are no guarantees that the music you make is appreciated. There is no guarantee that the person you love will love you like you love them.  Even though we subconsciously know this, we try again anyway.  Musicians similarly create, compose, sing, arrange and master music in hopes that others listen, like and share their work.

Sex is easy. Pleasing your partner is not. We come with different filters, moods and baggage that can amplify or shut down our activity.  Genres of music are no different.  Why even try?

For me, I am a creative. If I don’t make something, every now and then I feel as if I will explode.  The passion to create is shared by two guys I know that have just released work they hope will find a home.

One is a talented but struggling Hip Hop artist. If you ask any frustrated parent, the last thing you want to hear your son say is that he aspires to be a “rapper.”  The struggle for a Hip Hop artist today is the same for anyone selling anything online today.  You have to find, and grow your fan base.  Using the street name, “DurdyBanga,” my friend’s newest project is like classic Hip Hop of the ‘90’s.  My favorite track is biographical where he says that he is an introvert.  I like the lyrical play and the outside elements that are mixed together for a message.

Like good sex, sometimes you just hit it right but most of the time it takes work. Good music has a message.  If you can pull it out from what you hear it is good.  It’s good like, “good money,” and a “good government job.”

The challenge goes beyond creating the pieces, producing the songs, mastering it for distribution, finding someone to do the artwork or photography and putting it all together to be appealing. Sometimes you have to motivate yourself.  Fear of failure is huge here.  More often than not, there is no team of people cheering you to succeed.  Usually there are more naysayers than you need.  Finances are limited.  Time is limited.  There are a lot of entities trying to take advantage of your enthusiasm, entrepreneurism and effort.   Usually it’s not the ones you want to hear from.

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ. – John Steinbeck

How to grow a community.

If you want to grow a community also known as a fan base. The first step is to find your audience.  You’ll find them from your present network of friends and family.  You’ll also have to look outside of the box.  I discovered that my Filipino friends still appreciate good Hip Hop.  The next step is to create methods for people to contact you.  You have to have a website, landing page, welcome page and contact information.  You can’t do it from someone else’s real estate.  Your creations will get lost on Facebook, Soundcloud, iTunes, MySpace, etc.  You need your own internet property (domain name/website) that is searchable by Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.  You have to be engaged in the process.  You will need to have someone answer and field calls, emails if you cannot.  Someone needs to let others know how great your stuff is and why they should sample it beyond your mama (who loves all your stuff).  This post is going to help a little but you need more like it.  There are a few more items but those are the strongest elements.

If Hip Hop isn’t your thing; how about rhythm and blues? I have another new friend who has done a lot in his life, is returning to his roots of making music.  He just released a soulful single on iTunes called “Gone.”  The most memorable and longest lasting songs in your head often speak to what we lost in love.  This one hits it right on the head.  I am looking for good things to come from the rest of his compilation.  I liked it and I hope you do too.


Love is the bread of life, but you have to make it every day if you want it fresh.


You can order DurdyBanga’s music here.


You can get Gone from D.Ward on iTunes here.


If you want your project reviewed, written about or shared, send it to me. Happy to help spread the love.  Stay tuned as I will be interviewing these guys on the Kenn Blanchard Show podcast soon.



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