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February 1, 2012

Calliste Jr.’s classic Electro Hip Hop song Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) Surpasses 1 million YouTube Native Instrument Views

native_instruments_logoColumbus, Ohio – Jerry Calliste Jr. the co-producer and solo writer of the seminal Electro Hip Hop classic “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” (circa 1983) officially surpassed 1 million YouTube hits, 1,004,957, in 10 to 11 months in the German Native Instruments DJ QBert Breakfast of Champions, Traktor Scratch Pro 2 commercial. See commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxgKCmGVnG0.

Last week Calliste Jr. and DJ Qbert talked via mobile and agreed to collaborate on two new tracks written and produced by Calliste Jr. “That’s my favorite electro hip hop track of all time” said QBert to Calliste Jr. during their conversation.

In the DJ QBert Breakfast of Champions Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro 2 commercial. Three DMC World Champion DJ’s DJ QBert, DJ Rafik and DJ Shiftee triple team Calliste Jr.’s Classic electro Hip Hop song demonstrating how easy it is to manipulate a song, live in a mix.

The song “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” was licensed to Native Instruments back in January 2011 by Cutting Records Music (ASCAP) and first appeared on YouTube March 7, 2011.

In 1981 Calliste Jr., 16, taught himself how to play synthesizer and keyboard and wrote and co-produced the now seminal Electro Hip Hop classic “AL-Naafiysh (The Soul)” that sold an estimated 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Calliste Jr.’s music is still played by the worlds top DJ’s in U.K., U.S.A., France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain (Ibiza), and Japan to name a few. He is a songwriter and music publisher member at ASCAP, since 1983 and 1985 respectively. His music most notably “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” appears on: 100+ music comps with artists Missy Elliott, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Gwen Steffani, David Bowie, Herbie Hancock, Timbaland, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Common, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Eminem, 50 Cent and others.

In addition to the Native Instruments, “Traktor Scratch Pro 2” (2011) deal, Calliste Jr.’s music appears on video games: ActiVisionBlizzard’s “DJ Hero: Renegade Edition” (2009), S.C.E.A.’s “NBA Shootout 2004” (2004), Rockstar Games “G.T.A.: Vice City” (2003), the TV commercial and Sony/Epic soundtrack.
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