Zion Antoni is a Freelance Journalist and Grassroots independent Recording artist/Record producer from the Bronx NY. He is the Founder/Chair of The Urban Cry LLC, a limited liability company with two main branches: Freelance Journalism, and an independent record company. The Urban Cry has administered to hundreds in American inner cities, and has also extended reaches in overseas in international diplomacy. Zion serves as a columnist for the non-profit Negusworld Enterprises/Movement, and is the Author of the award winning internet blog “No Prisons”, published in 2009. He is also in involved think tank industries, founding The Sekou think tank, a grassroots social policy network functioning in research and advocacy, addressing issues in Urban America.
WELAB: Zion, it seems you’ve had your hand on a lot of fields other than music. How did you get started? How did you get here?
Zion: I started growing up in NYC, in my youth, I grew up around everything reggae to hip hop, so the music influence was always around me. Becoming more serious in my adult years I ran a production label that included everything from activism to publishing. I broke international 2007 worked with different producers and in record pools, till 2009 when I ‘made changes to my company, and everything from radio to releasing records independently.
WELAB: Who or What are some of your influences?
Zion: Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Tupac…..countless others, the ancestors, the struggle.
WELAB: Being an independent artist, what are some of the most notable works you and your LLC has accomplished the last few years?
Zion: I would say, The “No Prisons” series (2009) 2 successful EPs, A national radio show, and successful singles.
WELAB: What are some of the artists you have worked with?
Zion: Snook, (DP) KY Kareem, and few others.
WELAB: What should we expect in the future?
Zion: Anything progressive, and subsequent.