One of Chicago’s most innovative and diverse talents best describe Monna.
As a DJ, Producer, 3° global co-founder and former EsNtion Records Dance division manager, Monna is working towards his next career move, Globalization.
In his words, “I want the world to listen!”
Who is Monna? Monna is a Dj/Producer and co-founder of 3° Global which is known for its “Some Call It House”, We Call It Home” North American Tour and its weekly members-only gatherings. Monna has also worked as the A&R, Sales/Promotion Manager for EsNtion Records (Chicago’s “House of Music” label which has proven to be a legitimate “star making” company by launching chart-topping artist under its labels EsNtion Silver, EsNtion Latino and Forever Soul).
A first generation Liberian, born and raised in Chicago, Monna grew up with house music. He watched it evolve from the disco scene and soon began adding his own creations and interpretations through his musical talents. Monna began his career mentoring top Musicians such as Miles Davis and Kraftwork.
Monna’s DJ sets and production work both reflect his progressive thought and his intoxicating sound scapes grounded by rugged melodies that grab your heart. He has worked with many acclaimed percussionists, musicians and vocalists including: Leddie Garcia and Frank Orral of Poi Dog Pondering and has a keen sense that lead to his discovery of rising vocalist, Ava Fain.
An emerging production talent with an amazing ear for sound, Monna has already hit the charts with his work “Forever” on Forever Soul, part of the Lake
Street Project. It was a Hot Pick on the DDK Dance charts alongside Faith Evans and Gwen Stefani, it was also picked up by Itunes.Debuted in ’05 on WKTU in New York and distributed by Ryko, the record pre-sold over 1000 copies and is now available in every major record store worldwide.
As a 3° Global co-founder, Monna’s steady strength and passion for life and music has helped create a grass roots industry alliance based on the six degrees of separation. With a membership of 5000+ music connoisseurs a large part of 3° Global’s success is the ability to bridge many communities through the common love of music. Striving to showcase the industries established and up and coming talent the company launched a North American Tour in 2002. The tour kicks off at WMC in Miami, continues to ‘DEMF’ in Detroit and ventures onto Chicago, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Guest artists and famous Music Legends have included Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, New York’s E-Man and Tortured Soul. High profile attendees have included: Frankie Knuckles, Carl Cox and P. Diddy. In 2004, 3° Global opened up for Lil Louis at Crobar’s New Year’s Eve party in Chicago. In 2005, Monna, along with 3° Global partners “FLX” and “the Mad Thinker” put out their latest “Some Call it House, We Call It Home” CD. The CD has been viewed as an ‘Essential Album’ on London’s faizemusic.com and rated 3 stars by URB Magazine, look out!
As the Sales and Promotions Manager for EsNtion Records Dance music division, Monna is able to use his A&R talent and business savvy to help propel the success of the prestigious Chicago label. Soon to Come: MonnaTone Digital Music
Production credits include:
Dreams – Orginal Mix
Analog Pussy “Trance ‘N’ Roll” Remix on EsNtion Silver
Robert G. Ft. Kate Lesing Remix on EsNtion Silver
Lake Street Project “Forever” on Forever Soul
“Speechless” on Big Popsical Records
“bette on love” Waacko and Abicha Records ;
Latest Mix CD’s include:
The Wizard of Ahh’s
MONNATONE ADE MP3 MIX
The Drive! Worldwide Club Atmosphere Only! Pt.1 & 2
FM *Forever Monna*’s tracks