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Aurra

Centered around leader Steve Washington and singers Starleana Young and Curtis Jones, Aurra was an outgrowth of the Ohio-based funk band Slave. They recorded a handful of albums during their late-'70s and early-'80s existence, with most of that output released on Salsoul. The group's membership shifted constantly, with most of the musicians having strong ties to Slave. Aurra helped take Salsoul into the '80s by recording dancefloor-friendly material with the help of synthesizers and programmed rhythms. While the bulk of Salsoul's early releases featured elaborate string sections, mostly live instrumentation, and thumping disco foundations, '80s projects such as Aurra took advantage of studio technology and appealed to club DJs and radio programmers alike by concentrating equally on traditional songcraft and dance rhythms.

Washington instigated Aurra as a family affair of sorts, using various friends and members of the Slave road crew to fill out the group's lineup; at various points, Aurra's personnel swelled to a dozen. In addition to the core of Washington, Young, and Jones, Aurra's membership included Mark Adams, Steve Arrington, Charles "Cedell" Carter, Philip Field, Buddy "Hanks" Henderson, Jennifer Ivory, Tom Lockett, William Young, and Mike Young. Washington helped Aurra score a contract with Salsoul, one of the premier disco labels.

Their self-titled 1980 debut was actually released on Dream, a subsidiary of Salsoul, but their next three albums -- 1981's Send Your Love, 1982's A Little Love, and 1983's Live and Let Live -- were released on Salsoul proper. Around the time Live and Let Live was conceived and released, financial matters began to cause turmoil within the group. Young and Jones grew increasingly distrustful of Washington, and the tension became so great that a frustrated Washington left and offered to sell Aurra's trademark to Young and Jones. Washington ended up keeping the name -- allegedly after Young and Jones failed to follow through on the offer -- and recorded an Aurra record for Quest with new membership, including former Bride of Funkenstein Sheila Horne and Chaka Khan sibling Mark Stephens. Thanks to the legal protestations of Young and Jones, the record never saw the light of day.

Young and Jones recorded a fifth Aurra album after leaving Salsoul. Apparently, Salsoul's improprieties were another source of strife within the group. Released on Next Plateau, 1985's Like I Like It gave Aurra their first chart hit in the U.K, in the form of the title track. That was the last anyone would hear from Aurra in name. Weary of further legal hassles, Young and Jones continued under the name Déjà and scored a number two R&B chart hit in 1987 with "You and Me Tonight." Young split from Jones in 1988 and went solo; she released an album in 1991 and also did background vocal work for her husband, Kool & the Gang's J.T. Taylor. Jones continued Déjà with Mysti Day and released a second album under that name. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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I like the beat.
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When I was a little girl, I used to win all of the dance contests at the birthday parties that my parents took me to.
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they don't make music like this anymore..... . i t will even cause the Rhythmless to get up and dance!!!!!!
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Pure Funk!!!!!!!
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I had the privilege of meeting drac in Springfield Illinois in 2001 at the black expo....he was a nice guy....and he said that mark Adams had some child support issues and could not perform with them....that would of been great to see them both together....
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Takes me back to my college days
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Yes this was some of the best FUNK music of the late 70's & early 80's but here is some info you may or may not know THE HANCELOR AKA MARK ADAMS that funky bass player has passed on (03/05/2011) as did MARK HICKS guitar player AKA(DRAC) if you anything about the group their signature sound will definitely be missed live but Damn proud to say I still have every album from back then OG for life vinyl wax for the younger generation Mark (bass) was only 16 when the band signed their first record d
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Dexter


Wow I was in Dexhiem Germany 19 years old kicking it

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"When I Come Home"Smoove- G r o o v e Slave-Soul-B a n d ~ Keepin'-It-F u n k i n '
~ H-Town~Groov i n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
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Thats what I bump "now" nothing but real music, till the wheels fall off!
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Was In The Army 1981 To 82 Camp Casey 1st Tank Raise Up
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Spring 1981 graduation old school jammm!!
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This music is irreplaceabl e 80 strong. The crap they play today has no chance. Spanky460 �� Philadelphia class 78. The Brook. Muh Yaa.! Peace
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Is there any MUZIC today that sound like this ???!!!! HELL 2 DA NOOO
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Carl Schurz 1983 still a jam!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Make it funky.....
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It's been so. Long since I heard. This one
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I would die for my old school
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Very great song brings back touching moments... huh
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Love these songs
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mgaffaney
REAL BASS! Nothing like it
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smittybfree
Guitar riffs and Bass line...Aweso m e Funk!
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Bass line so cold.
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wHEN iT WAS HAPPENING AND OLDE WASN'T IN THE sCHOOL .. jUST fUNK......
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I will always love old school music!
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Yes Aurra was comprised of Starlena Young and Steve Arrington. A precursor to Cherelle and Alexander Oneal.
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nothing like old school....
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Good workout music!!!!
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this kind of music will get you up and have you dancing
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Aurra is a spin off Slave of course. But I think a great group. I think they are very underrated only people who really like old school r&b, soul/funk have heard of them.
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Oh yesss!!!
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earlwiggs10
YEAH TJ THEY ARE: THE OHIO PLAYERS AND A GROUP NAME DAYTON TO NAME A FEW......ATL YALL SEE YA!!!
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earlwiggs10
SLAVE IS THE BAND HERE FOLKS MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT....DO THE RESEARCH.... . T H O ' B A C K GROUPS...... . S E E YA!!!
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this is the first time i've heard of this group and i do appreciate some other listeners posting information about them, considering pandora had no group info like they usually do. very interesting. so aurra was like a side project by some of the members of slave OR was it the group that the remaining members of slave made once slave broke up?
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zapp, roger, lakeside, isley bros. can't think of 1 more. i love this. good, no, great music & memories.
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Later Aurra changed their name to Deja - great stuff - new female vocalist named Mysti Day from Texas. Curt and Starlena hail from New Jersey.
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Members from Slave formed Aurra with Curt Jones singing lead and playing lead guitar - also did just about all of the writing for the group. Go to Facebook, or CDbaby.com or My Space/CurtJo n e s music for his new cd "Curt Jones 360 Degrees". Great cd!! Starlena Young is the female vocalist -- go to Youtube and see videos of Aurra performing.
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One of the best grops that's from dayton ohio. Can you name the other five.
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beeticheez
sounds like SLAVE...LUV IT!
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Monica Montez dancing and teasing us at a Pius X High School dance to "Are you single" back in 1982...like it was yesterday!
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was not aware of the 'slave' association. didn't think slave had a female vocalist. aurra's singer kind of sounds like sos'. any association there?
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Skinman Says
Smooth Funk Style
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Starleana and Curt were members of Slave and left the group with Steve Washington and eventually became - Aurra. Hear the Slave riffs. Changed name of team and became Deja. How the funk evolves.
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one of the best old school funky base lines. Are they associated with Slave? They also have a big hit the single "are you single"
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Block party!
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That's what I was looking for, Slave! However I do remember Aurra. Like you said, still funky!!!!!!! ! ! !
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tobatwin66
slave spin off, still funky!

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