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Oba Frank LordsOBA Frank Lords - Born Francisco Martin 5/24/64 in Havana, Cuba came to the U.S.A. at age 5. Since the age of 10 he was introduced to percussion by an old Santero that lived in his neighborhood in little Havana that people called "El Congo" due to the fact he could barely speak Spanish and English, (he spoke in African dialect). "El Congo" was very old and full of knowledge about religion and African rhythms. Since his parents were slaves brought from Africa. OBA as a little boy would be mesmerized by his collection of drums and would come over daily to visit him. One day the man gave him his first taste of the percussion drum (which was basically a piece of wood), since then OBA has not stopped playing drums. OBA believes "El Congo's" spirit lives within him and performs through him when he plays. At the age of 10 OBA met his lifetime idol Desi Arnaz (Ricky Ricardo) at a theater in Little Havana (Miami, Fl), at a tribute to Cuba's greatest singers. Being introduced to Desi was one of the highlights of the day, his godfather who knew the choreographer of the show told Desi that the young OBA imitated him singing his trademark song "Babalu" so Desi asked him to join him on stage, since then OBA has had a great passion for performing in front of an audience.OBA played with many garage bands throughout his adolescent years and worked as a stock boy at Miami's T.K. Records for Henry Stone; there he witnessed what a recording studio was all about being around the sessions of such greats as K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Jimmy BoHorne, Celi Bee, Betty Wright and many more, this fueled OBA'S desire to record and produce his early work. One day due to an accident a session percussionist suffered an injury. The producer at the studio as a joke asked OBA if he would play percussion on a track they were recording. OBA said yes and the performance was kept, the song was a #1 Disco hit called "Miami Heat Wave".In 1980 OBA was initiated into the African religion ofSanteria (Lucumi Religion) and as he grew in the religion he was inducted as a drummer (Batalero) and later as a singer (Akpwon), of the African Yoruba dialect, this further enhanced OBA's musical knowledge as he was now learning and using techniques that were as old as time itself, handed down from generation to generation.In the mid 80's OBA had his first commercial success with his group "Secret Society". Some of their hits were "Why Did U Runaway", "Find Yourself”., But it was the #1 hit "We Belong Together" that brought OBA's name to the forefront of Dance Music where he was hailed as one of the creators of the "Miami Freestyle Scene". Since then, he worked with many artists as a Producer, Re-mixer, Composer, and Percussionist.In 1996 after Secret Society disbanded, OBA was part of the group "Dogma and the Afro-Cuban Rhythms" spanning the Billboard Dance Hits "Mas Suave" and "Ritmo Cubano, Sabor Africano" and then formed LatinXpress. This was his lifelong dream, being able to blend Afro-Cuban traditional music with Dance music.Their first single "Descarga" which he co-wrote and co- produced with his close friend Producer/Re-mixer Giuseppe D, hit the top of the Billboard Dance Chart, and launched LatinXpress into the scene. He then got to meet Albert “Adam” Camara, a Producer/Re-mixer and formed the team “ObAdam”. Together they wrote and produced LatinXpress biggest hit "Chango", featuring the legendary Gina Martin on vocals. This track became an "Anthem" and a "Club Classic". “Chango” caused an imprint. This sound was unlike any other style of Dance music throughout the world. ObAdam produced, performed and re-mixed for great names of the industry like India, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Paulina Rubio, Juanes, Ricky Martin and a plethora of underground and pop artists. Ranking them as a leading name to be called upon when a label needed spicy Latin rhythms and fierce dance sounds to rock the club floors all over the world.Afterwards, OBA joined forces with renowned DJ/Producer/Re-mixers "MURK"(Oscar G and Ralph Falcon) to create a revolutionary track called "Dark Beat" (Addicted to Drums). This took the music world by storm. This track reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Club Play Chart, and received airplay in stations like Party 93 WKTU-New York, Power 96 (Miami) as well as many more. Dark Beat also received award nominations on prestigious events such as Dance Star (which they also performed) and Winter Music Conference, as well as multiple tours around the states and abroad. The second single “Alright” also went to the #1 spot on the Billboard Club Play Chart, and a track from the “Murk” album Afro-Cuba was discovered by many DJ’s from that album. OBA also teamed up with Producer Mike “DA Mooch” Mucci for Evolved Featuring OBA Frank Lords for a track entitled “I am The Drum” which was released with much acclaim in the UK on the Sondos label and got major club play all over the world. His release “Personal Jesus” which was a re-make got the OBA treatment by Producer Giuseppe D, which added another mark in club history.A huge following of devoted fans in clubs all over chant the lyrics during performances making what would have been a typical track show at a club turn into a concert frenzy like environment at all the shows performed by OBA. The shows unique image set Dark Beat on a pedestal of their own, with visuals like fire breathing, Native American costuming and war paint with live percussion that makes this act a must see experience.In 2002 OBA felt the need to take a hiatus from the music scene for some much needed spiritual time. He disconnected completely and opened up a religious temple/store where he treated people with spiritual needs and problems. This hiatus went on for 9 years but the fire for music burned inside of him. It burned so much that in for music burned inside of him. It burned so much that in2010 OBA came back with “Rumble”, a Dark Beat esque type of song which reached Billboards top 20. Now, OBA along with partners Saul Alvarez, Oscar D. Arias, and Carlos Torre have formed a Record Label/Production Studio called 4T UNE Entertainment. New productions are being created that will 4SURE make history. OBA’s newest monster is a remake of the legendary Dark Beat which he’s setting up a promotional campaign called “OBA Frank Lords Celebrates a Decade of Drum Addiction”. This is a must hear for all dance enthusiasts with multiple mixes of the anthem involving everything from Tribal to Rock and even Gospel. OBA is back and here to stay. Look out world, here comes some more killer dance music.OBA says: “when I come to your town don't miss it, you will be in for a wild ride”. His message to you always and forever is Peace and Love Be onto You.OBA plans to let you hear more of his work in the near future and wishes everyone much joy and health always, or as it is said in the Yoruba (LUCUMI) language ASHE.
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