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Encyclopedia > Chris Barbosa

Chris Barbosa is a producer from New York who redefined electro funk as Latin freestyle in the early 1980s with Shannon's "Let the Music Play". This article is about the state. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More... Let the Music Play is a famous and critically acclaimed Latin Freestyle song recorded by Washington, DC area singer Shannon in 1983. ...

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Early career

In 1981 the Bronx-born Barbosa was a reporting DJ to New York's WKTU a process which involved the radio station calling up select club & mobile DJ's in their market on a weekly basis to get their top 20 playlist as a reflection of what music is being played in the streets. These reports would determine which records were added to the stations playlist. In 1982 his grandmother purchased a keyboard for him, Roland JX-3P. An executive from Emergency Records named Sergio Cossa signed Barbosa to do production work with the record label. Some of Barbosa's greatest musical influences were Arthur Baker and John Robie, the duo who invented Electro Funk with Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock. Later on in 1983 he teamed up with Mark Liggett to look for a singer to lay down the vocals to "Fire and Ice", which was the track to "Let the Music Play." A young African American R&B background vocalist named Brenda Shannon Greene recorded the song. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... 103. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... External Links Nearly complete Emergency Records discography Discography ... External Links Nearly complete Emergency Records discography Discography ... Arthur Baker was the creator of a distinctive and dramatic style of brush and pen calligraphy. ... This article is about a genre of dance music. ... Afrika Bambaataa is a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx, who was instrumental in the early development of hip hop throughout the 1970s. ... This article is about the UK radio station. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Let the Music Play is a famous and critically acclaimed Latin Freestyle song recorded by Washington, DC area singer Shannon in 1983. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More...


The "Fire and Ice" or "Let the Music Play" track invented by Barbosa was produced differently from the rest of the Electro Funk records. It had more Latin American based rhythms with a heavy syncopated drum sound than the records produced by Arthur and Robie. This style of Electro Funk was redefined as Freestyle because of the way it was produced and mixed. Barbosa is widely credited as the genre's founder. Baker and Robie eventually copied his sound three months later on Jenny Burton's "Remember What You Like" (released three months after "Let the Music Play") Tina B's "Honey to a Bee" (1984) and the Goon Squad's "Eight Arms to Hold You" (1985). This article is about a genre of dance music. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... Jenny Burton, born November 18, 1957 in New York, is a female R&B singer who had several hits on the dance chart. ... Goon Squad can refer to: A group, frequently but not always vigilante in nature, usually run by less than savory government or labor figures. ...


In September of 1983 the 12 inch single of the song was released . Greene was then dubbed as just "Shannon." After the initial success of the song and some contract negotiations, Shannon went on to record a full-length album of the same name. The single was heavily played on radio stations nationwide, including WBLS, WKTU and WRKS. Her album, released in February 1984 was also the first Freestyle album in Dance music history, and went gold (selling over 1 million copies at the time).Both the 12" & 7" singles where also certified Gold. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... (Redirected from 12 inch single) The 12-inch single gramophone record gained popularity with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More... WBLS is an Urban Adult Contemporary FM radio station that is licensed to New York City, operating on 107. ... 103. ... WRKS-FM (98. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about a genre of dance music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


During the course of 1984 Barbosa and Liggett sought out other session singers to lay down tracks on more Freestyle songs. These artists were Nolan Thomas (Jewish), Jay Novelle, Xena and Monet (who were African American). This article is about the year. ... Nolan Thomas (born Mark Kalfa) was an African American Freestyle music artist known for his 1984 single Yo Little Brother. ... Lisa Fischer is an American R&B singer best known for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1991 hit single How Can I Ease the Pain. Fischer was born in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


1986-Present

Emergency Records wasn't signing anymore artists in 1986, forcing Barbosa and Liggett to launch Ligosa Records. The duo immediately signed Monet & George Lamond to their label. In addition, Ligosa Entertainment was a subsidiary of the record company and produced songs for upcoming Freestyle music acts like Judy Torres (dubbed the "Queen of Freestyle'), SaFire, Mark Kalfa, etc among others. Barbosa also found chart success in 1990 with George Lamond's Bad Of the Heart hitting the Billboard Top 100, peaking at #25. External Links Nearly complete Emergency Records discography Discography ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926), French impressionist painter. ... Bad of the Heart album George Lamond (born George Garcia on February 25, 1967 in Washington, DC), is an American Freestyle music singer of Puerto Rican descent. ... This article is about a genre of dance music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nolan Thomas (born Mark Kalfa) was an African American Freestyle music artist known for his 1984 single Yo Little Brother. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Bad of the Heart album George Lamond (born George Garcia on February 25, 1967 in Washington, DC), is an American Freestyle music singer of Puerto Rican descent. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ...


In 1995 Barbosa and Liggett dismantled the production and record company and parted ways. Barbosa continued to contribute to the Freestyle genre he created, producing underground artists who rarely had their new material played on mainstream radio stations in the United States. A big surprise came to him in 1999 when Shannon invited him back to update her 1980s singles "Let the Music Play" and "Give Me Tonight". Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about a genre of dance music. ... This article is about the year. ... Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Barbosa has strong affiliations with the audio tape-editing scene. Tape editing is the art of manipulating the sequence of sounds on audiotape by cutting the tape and rearranging and splicing together the pieces. ...


Lists of artists produced by Chris Barbosa

Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bad of the Heart album George Lamond (born George Garcia on February 25, 1967 in Washington, DC), is an American Freestyle music singer of Puerto Rican descent. ... Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926), French impressionist painter. ... Lisa Fischer is an American R&B singer best known for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1991 hit single How Can I Ease the Pain. Fischer was born in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. ... For the political columnist, see William L. Safire. ... Nolan Thomas (born Mark Kalfa) was an African American Freestyle music artist known for his 1984 single Yo Little Brother. ... Fascination may refer to: In music: (Keep Feeling) Fascination, song from the album Fascination! Fascination (David Bowie song), song written by David Bowie and Luther Vandross from Bowies 1975 Young Americans album Fascination (song), 1957 song from the film Love in the Afternoon Fascination ~eternal love mix~, song from...

External links

  • Chris Barbosa Interview

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