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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is performing at Nisville!

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is performing at Nisville!

Double winners of the “Grammy” award on August 16th in Nis!

Multi-platinum band, two-time winners of the prestigious “Grammy” award, famous American hip hop/crossover group Arrested Development will perform at this year’s Nisville Jazz Festival on Friday, 16th of August at the Nis Fortress. Arrested Development was founded in 1988 in Atlanta (Georgia) and they released 15 albums till today. After defining a recognizable sound and line-up by founder Todd Thomas aka Speech and Timothy Barnwell, more famous as a “Headliner”, this band has been recording gold editions for several singles in 1992, and at the end of the same year they released their debut album called “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… ”, which pushes them to the very top of the charts of  the world hip hop scene and reaches platinum circulation of over 4 million copies sold!

Already in 1993, Arrested Development became the first hip-hop band ever to receive the “Grammy” award in the “Best New Artist” category for the best new artist, and in addition, the group also received a “Grammy” award for best rap single, for a prayer-like hit song called “Tennessee”. This one a little later, the track was declared one of the 500 best in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and it was also included in the top 100 songs of the 90s by popular music TV channel VH1.

And that’s not all within the scope of significant prizes! Video clips for tracks “Tennessee” and “People everyday” won the famous “MTV Music” award in 1992 and 1993 Awards” in the category for the best rap video (“Best Rap Video”), and at the award “Soul Train Music Awards” wins first place in the category for the best rap album. Years of constant recording activities and major world tours with countless performances. Among others, the tour in Australia in 2007 was a great success along with Simple Minds and INXS. In 2008, Arrested Development joined together with The Black Eyed Peas and performed at the “Concert for Peace in Jerusalem” in Israel, in order to promote peace between Palestinians and Israelis. One of of the most significant performances in his career took place on January 8, 2011 with Emmylou Harriss on “Sydney Festival” in Australia, in front of 50,000 people!

Arrested Development are also known for their humanitarian work. Through socially engaged lyrics they present a clear attitude on the struggle for human rights, they speak openly about problems in society, about racial differences and oppression of African Americans.Their popularity and commercial success did not direct money for precious stones and big cars. Instead, they become the first hip hop artists who donated money to Nelson Mandela and UNICEF. They still use theirs voice and status for the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.

In September 2019, the band received the “Black Music Honors” award that gives a recognition of artists who have made significant contributions to African American music. In December 2023, the group released the song “Hip Hop Saves Lives” in which participates Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz. Arrested Development are today a big concert attraction and for their performances around the world an extra ticket is always requested. This specific multi-member band spills from the stage an incredible amount of positive energy, and their crossover hip hop expression is based on a wide range of African rhythms and is colored with a lot of soul elements, funk, blues, rock and jazz music.

Photo: Arrested Development promo press




“Mr Wendal”




“People Everyday”



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