Consisting of Brian Hardgroove- Moral Combat (bass guitar), Khari- Edged Weapons (guitar), Mike- Demolitions (drums ). DJ Lord- Sniper (turntables), and Johnny Juice- Unconventional Warfare (turntables percussion), The BaNNed has acted as resident backing band for Public Enemy's live shows. Hardgroove, Khari, Mike and DJ Lord received an enormous amount of accolades for helping take PE's show to a higher level. After brainstorming post show in Boston, Hardgroove suggested to the other musicians that they consider recording material to sell it along with other PE merchandise at the shows. _The idea was well received, and slow brewed over a two year period. DJ Johnny Juice would join the group as well during this period, as the original studio DJ for Public Enemy, well know for his contributions to the early classic albums.
Hardgroove brought a background of work with Chuck D on projects outside of PE and understood PE's music and message. His idea and skills teamed with Khari. who had been recruited into the PE fold by Professor Griff around the same time Hardgroove joined. He had been playing the Memphis music circuit for a while before getting the call. Kharis wide musical palette allows the group to take departures rarely attempted by contemporary bands.
Genres hard rock, blues-rock, blues, jazz, jazz fusion
Instruments Electric Guitar
Years active 2000â€“present
Associated acts Public Enemy, Solstice, Energy Disciples
Electric Guitar, Electric Bass
Khari James Wynn (born November 23, 1981) is an American guitarist and recording artist from Memphis, Tennessee.
He is best known for his work the jazz-rock genre as well as with American hip hop group, Public Enemy. Early life
Khari Wynn was born in Boston, Massachusetts, son of acclaimed music critic/writer Ron Wynn. He was considered a musical prodigy and possessed and exhibited innate natural musical ability. As a child, Wynn lived directly across the street from Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios. At the age of fourteen he began to play electric guitar in the Memphis area for Dominion and Crashpattern in the metal genre, and for St. Andrews AME Church in the gospel genre. Wynn entered the 1999 National Jimi Hendrix Competition at B.B. Kings in Memphis, TN and placed second with the song "Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland". Career
At the age of eighteen, Khari Wynn was employed by Carnival Cruise Lines as a staff musician.
In 2001 Wynn began recording and rehearsing with 7th Octave, a group assembled by Professor Griff of Public Enemy. The following year, Wynn wrote and recorded electric guitar tracks for Public Enemy's Revolverlution. After four years of touring, Wynn wrote and recorded again on Public Enemy's album New World Odor and in 2007 on the album How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?.
Khari Wynn established the jazz fusion band Solstice and released the debut album Exploration = Discovery independently in Memphis in 2004 with subsequent releases in 2005 and 2007.
In 2004, Wynn toured alongside Stax recording artist, Shirley Brown.
After James Brown's passing in late 2006, Wynn was approached to play guitar on the James Brown Tribute Tour in 2007 which featured him alongside music legends Bootsy Collins and Clyde Stubblefield. He toured with the tribute band for much of 2007 and early 2008.
In 2007 Wynn began regularly performing as a bass player with saxophonist Hope Clayburn, a musician who has been featured with such acts as Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Gov't Mule, Maceo Parker, Soulive, DJ Logic and North Mississippi AllStars.
Starting in 2008, Khari Wynn was the working bass player with singer/songwriter Valerie June during the time she was featured on MTV's $5 Cover, a reality show created and produced by director Craig Brewer.
Wynn has also served since 2008 as a bass player for the Bluff City Backsliders, led by Jason Freeman, an artist with various credits including work performed on soundtrack of the film Black Snake Moan.
In 2011, after a decade with the group, Wynn became the Music Director for Public Enemy.
2007 How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?
2004 The 7th Degree
The Peeps of Soulfunk:
2007 Tribb to JB
2007 Banned 4 Life
2004 Solstice - Exploration = Discovery
2005 Solstice - Live: Beyond the Galaxy
2007 Solstice - Hyperspace Wavelength Travel
2010 Urban Jazz
The brilliant conglomerate is topped with DJ Lord (also a Professor Griff recruit), who was at the head of a short list to replace the legendary Terminator X upon his retirement. Lord has been a consistent winner of international DJ contests. His sheer athleticism on the turntables has brought the house down many times during PE concerts. Rounding out The BaNNed, Mike was able to pass the stringent requirements of filling the drum seat for Public Enemy, with an ability to play with sequences and drum machines as musical tools for with sound dexterity. All bring a fiery element of audio power as the force collectively called The BaNNed.
This lineup will complete the Its Back To Million Of Us To Hold A Nation album then T Bone Motta and the legendary Davy DMX will step in as drums and bass respectively to figure in possibly new recordings by this 'rhythm section.