The Artist/MC, Jahan Nostra has fused his musical talents with the Southwind Social Club, an R&B, Soul, Reggae & Jazz band. Jahan Nostra & Southwind Social Club are now touring and performing live together at venues throughout New York, Connecticut and the East Coast. The group has recently headlined shows at several major venues, including The Gramercy Theatre, Ashford & Simpson's Sugarbar NYC, Cafe 9, The State House and Old Greenwich Social Club.
Jahan Nostra is a talented MC from Stamford, CT and Mount Vernon, NY. In his early childhood, Jahan lived in Mount Vernon, NY – hometown to Pete Rock, Heavy D and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Jahan’s musically talented neighbors inspired him to begin rhyming at 9 years old. After moving to the inner-city of Stamford, CT, Jahan continued to develop his lyrical talent and at age 13, he was signed to the label, BMX Entertainment in Brooklyn.
In high school, Jahan showcased his talent on the independent music scene, recording freestyles on mixtapes. He and his partner Kyro also recorded tracks with Producer Raydar Ellis (who went on to work under Dr. Dre at Aftermath). After high school, Jahan moved to North Carolina to study Journalism. During college, Jahan worked at Duke University Radio with 9th Wonder who introduced him to Big Pooh and Phonte. During these years - the early stages of Little Brother - Jahan even had to face-off in a battle with Phonte at thefamed Cat’s Cradle. After returning to CT, Jahan recorded and released the Bedtime Street Album (2012) and Sleepwalking (2013) - produced by Poppa Pill. He spent 2014 touring with the Vans Warped Tour and the Full Blast Summer Tour. In 2016, Jahan released his latest album, ESP - remastered by Daddy Kev - with features from Smif-N-Wessun and Tone Trump. In 2017, Jahan freestyled with RZA at the City Winery in NY, he performed at Spotify’s US HQ in NY and he traveled throughout the US and Canada for interviews to promote ESP. In 2018, Jahan released an exclusive freestyle on Hot 97 with Drewski, he performed at Tavern Lounge (Queens, NY), TuneCore (Brooklyn, NY), and at the East Coast Music Conference (Norfolk, VA). Jahan has also won several awards, including the Best Music Video Award at The Nassau Film Festival (2018) for his role as the Director of his music video, "Embrace The Rain."
With respect to his creative influences, Jahan credits Tupac Shakur as an inspiration for “his ability to paint pictures with great emotion and put poetry in motion while still being true to himself.” Taking his craft seriously, Jahan has an artist statement that he lives by: “To uplift for the future, reflect reality and prove that I’m the illest.”
The Southwind Social Club-an R&B, Soul, Reggae, Jazz & Funk band-was founded by lead guitarist, George Caceres of Norwalk, CT. The group describes themselves as "an eclectic collective of musicians that combine traditional genres of music with contemporary rhythms and melodies to ignite social awareness and change. A fusion band with a wide range of fused views."
The band members include:
Lead Guitarist: George Caceres (Norwalk, CT)
Keyboard & Singer/Vocals: Finn Wiggins-Henry (Norwalk, CT) (University of Connecticut: School of Music)
Drums & MC/Vocals: Dulani Drummond (Stamford, CT)
Drums: Steve Jean-Baptiste (Stamford, CT)
Bongo Drums & MC/Vocals: Mario Pena (Norwalk, CT)
Tambourine: Jamarr Jabari (Bridgeport, CT)
Saxophonist: Kris Brewer (Milford, CT & Bridgeport, CT)
Bass Player: Bet Angelo Calix (Miami, FL & Fairfield County, CT)
MC & Vocals: Jahan Nostra (Stamford, CT & Mount Vernon, NY)
Singer/Vocals: Symphony Swingg (Fairfield, CT & Bridgeport, CT)
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