Raphael Munnings  "U-STAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS"

  1. Published on Dec 21, 2012
    JAMAICA ( Written-By) A. Resnick, Teddy Randazzo and Victoria Pike
    Arranged By [Horns]-- Teddy Randazzo
    Arranged By [Musical]-- Beginning Of The End* (tracks: A4, B3, B4), Teddy Randazzo
    Backing Vocals-- Clarence Collins, Iran Koster, Raphael Munnings*, Teddy Randazzo, Victoria Pike
    Bass-- Peter (Pete) Humes*
    Co-producer-- Beginning Of The End, The
    Congas [Congos]-- Rudolph (Rudy) Pinder*
    Drums-- Frank (Bud) Munnings*
    Executive Producer-- Monty D. Hundley
    Guitar-- Leroy (Roy) Munnings*
    Horns-- Danny Styles (2), Dominick Gravine, John Frock, Irvin Markowitz*
    Lead Vocals, Organ-- Raphael (Ray) Munnings*
    Percussion-- Frank (Bud) Munnings*, Rudolph (Rudy) Pinder*
    Piano, Synthesizer [Arp, Moog]-- Teddy Randazzo
    Producer-- Teddy Randazzo
    Tambourine-- Clarence Collins

    Beginning of the End 1975
    The Beginning of the End came out of the Bahamas and onto the funk scene in 1971 with their hit album "Funky Nassau". The band comprised three brothers, Raphael, Liroy, and Frank Munnings, and Fred Henfield. They were the backbone of the band on the congas, organ, drums, guitars, and vocals. They were accompanied by the Funky Nassau Horns: Neville Sampson, Vernon Mueller, Kenneth Lane, Ralph Munnings, and Freddie Munnings. These Munnings were relatives of the lead Munnings trio. As I stated, their "Funky Nassau" album was a smash. However, their follow up album, "Beginning of the End", never really got too much play. That's sad considering how good their second album was compared to the first. This band could really get down. Just listening to this band makes you want to be on a beach or an island having a drink. I know I wish I was with this 95 degree weather in September (I hate San Antonio). They have some of the most laid back funk tracks like "Bluestrain"(which has to be one of my all-time favorite songs), "Jamaica", and "When She Made Me Promise". More socially aware songs that many other funk bands/artists released at this time, like "I've Got the News" and "Trip To Nowhere". And of course the uptempo dance tracks such as "Funky Nassau Pts 1 & 2", "Monkey Tamarind", "Come Down" and "That's What I Get". And plenty of instrumentals. All songs with either prominent lyrics and/or stellar composition. You can even here a sample of "When She Made Me Promise" in the beginning of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's track "T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)". I hope that you can do your best to find these albums or CDs or mp3s online for purchase because these are some of the greats.
    Beginning of the End's "Funky Nassau" seemed to perfectly capture the sunshine-filled days of the summer of 1971. The Bahamas-born band was a family affair which included brothers singer/organist Raphael Munnings, drummer Frank Munnings, guitarist LeRoy Munnings, and tenor sax player Ralph Munnings, in addition to bassist Fred Henfield, trumpeter Nevill Sampson, and saxophonist Kenneth Lane. Trekking to Miami, they recorded for Alston Records, an imprint of Henry Stone's TK Productions. Something very usual happened -- their first single was a huge hit. Written by Raphael Munnings and Tyrone Fitzgerald and produced by the band, "Funky Nassau Part 1" went to number seven R&B and number 15 pop in the summer of 1971. Executive produced by Steve Alaimo, the Beginning of the End LP included part two of the cut which featured a popping, percussive break. Some DJs would try to combine both parts in an early effort of club mixing. Though "Funky Nassau" was Beginning of the End's only big hit, the band's junkanoo sound was the basis of another TK act, KC & the Sunshine Band, whose streak of hits would begin a few years later
    1971 beat junky favorite Funky Nassau by (literal) funky brothers The Beginning Of The End gets the Versions Galore workout today. Orgone adopt an even more afrofunky sounding than the original, stance. Sounds great with female vocals too. Speaking of the ladies we also have a cut by sax-pot Candy Dulfer. A great cut by founding Beginning... member Ray Munnings who reworks his in an almost cosmic disco fashion. SKC makes a surprisingly good drum & bass version and if they still made Quaaludes I'd recommend taking two before listening Herbie Mann's cover. Also continuing in the funky vein are The Juju Orchestra, Bad Devil Swing, A and R Reworks, as well as a hammond-tastic version from Frank Cardona.

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  2. Published on Jan 12, 2013
    Raphael Munnings II
    Riff Raff Animation Media
    rphlmunn@gmail.com
    aguardattire@gmail.com

    OBJECTIVE: To obtain a position as a Animator where I can utilize my skills and experiencein design.

    TECHNICAL/SOFTWARE SKILLS
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro
    Flash, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools,
    After Affects, Maya, 3d Studio Max,
    Soft Image, Acid Sound Forge

    PROFICIENCIES
    Scripting / Maya Scripting, Painting, Animation
    Story Boarding, Logos, Texturing,Sculpting
    Fine Art Drawing, Posters, Modeling and Rigging

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    U- Star - Video production assistant Nassau Bahamas
    1993-2005
    Camera work, Audio
    Lighting Editing
    Cable Bahamas- Videographer Nassau Bahamas
    2002-2004
    Editor Assistant, Key Grip,
    JVC 500 cameras Canon XL/1 Animated logo design
    CEO Network
    Animated logo design 2006
    The Councellors Ltd.
    Animated tv commercial 2006

    EDUCATION
    The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation 2005,

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  3. Published on Jan 12, 2013
    Raphael Munnings II
    Riff Raff Animation Media
    rphlmunn@gmail.com
    aguardattire@gmail.com

    OBJECTIVE: To obtain a position as a Animator where I can utilize my skills and experiencein design.

    TECHNICAL/SOFTWARE SKILLS
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro
    Flash, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools,
    After Affects, Maya, 3d Studio Max,
    Soft Image, Acid Sound Forge

    PROFICIENCIES
    Scripting / Maya Scripting, Painting, Animation
    Story Boarding, Logos, Texturing,Sculpting
    Fine Art Drawing, Posters, Modeling and Rigging

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    U- Star - Video production assistant Nassau Bahamas
    1993-2005
    Camera work, Audio
    Lighting Editing
    Cable Bahamas- Videographer Nassau Bahamas
    2002-2004
    Editor Assistant, Key Grip,
    JVC 500 cameras Canon XL/1 Animated logo design
    CEO Network
    Animated logo design 2006
    The Councellors Ltd.
    Animated tv commercial 2006

    EDUCATION
    The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation 2005,

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  4. YoYo "Pitbull" Bahamas. This is just the appetizer.....

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  5. As the story in the article states Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the Bahamas many times I remember in 1962 my father Freddie Munnings Sr. OBE on a Saturday invited me along with my mother Winifred Munnings to accompany him to the Sheraton British Colonial Hotel where he was to meet a friend from the USA. On arriving at the hotel we were met by a distinguished black gentleman and his wife, when introduced it turned out to be Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta King his wife, it was then I learnt we were going on a fishing trip. Once we were in the open waters two hours passed I saw no fishing lines or bait I became concerned, went to my father and asked,"Daddy what time are we going to start fishing?" With a laugh in his voice his reply was "No Ray we are not here to fish, I brought you and your mother to meet Martin a great Black man from the United States who is fighting for the equal rights of the Black People in America. He will be a Great and famous man some day." I was then formally introduced to Dr. King and he asked me if I wanted to be a musician like my father, my response was "Yes Sir" he then looked at me and said "Ray remember this anything that you do in life you must give it 100% and you must be better than your father, because he made it better for you." Those words stuck with me and when I heard of his assassination in 1968 I was deeply saddened knowing I had personally met this Giant of a man. This inspired me to write the lyrics "Sleep On Dream On" along with my cousin Tyrone "Dr Offfff" Fitzgerald after hearing Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. The song was recorded by The Beginning of the End in 1971, consisting of Raphael (Ray) Munnings , Leroy (Roy) Munnings, Frank (Bud) Munnings and Fred Henfield this was the group that recorded the first million selling record "Funky Nassau" that came out of the Bahamas. There is one more thing that comes to mind that my father said was that any time Dr. King was coming to visit him in the Bahamas he would send a telegram saying "Violets are Blue" this was a secret code which meant to expect Dr. King in one week because he did not want too many people to track his whereabouts.
    FUNKY NASSAU debuted on the Billboard 100 chart #94, Peaked #15, and stayed on for 14 Weeks The Beginning of the End released an album entitled Funky Nassau in 1971 on Alston Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records), and the track "Funky Nassau - Part I" became a hit single in the U.S., peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #7 on the Billboard Black Singles chart. The same track reached #31 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1974.
    The Beginning of the End was a group from The Bahamas that consisted of three brothers, Raphael, Leroy & Frank Munnings and a fourth member on bass Fred Henfield. Their only hit "Funky Nassau" on Billboard's Hot 100 was a lyrical ode to their home city. From its Junkanoo beat to its island brass parts mixed with American funk, its description of "mini-skirts, maxi-skirts and Afro hairdos,"the song extolled the virtues of the group's Bahamian base.
    A surprise hit, it reached the top 15 on both the pop and R&B charts. It was a success for Henry Stone during his days at Atlantic Records, and the money he earned helped him start up TK Records in Miami which introduced KC & The Sunshine Band shortly thereafter.
    Funky Nassau 40th. Anniversary Celebrated in Nassau Bahamas October 2011 at a concert for the victims of hurricane Irene hosted by GEMS FM. Raphael Munnings Lead Singer of the musical group" Beginning of the End" introduces Raphael Munnings II first time on stage together a Historic Event. Much thanks to group Visage for their help and support. A U-Star Video Production. Videographer: Wendy Munnings Editor: Raphael Munnings Contact us (email) funkynassau87@hotmail.com

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