LiLa debuts, “Group Therapy”


From the band’s press release…

Durham born and bred Hip-Hop group LiLa is proud to announce the debut of their latest video “Group Therapy” off their album “II”.

Big things are afoot for this independent, community representing, organic, straight outta Durham crew! A viral, bottom-up phenomenon, they were playing basements and on the steps of the post office only a year ago. Now MC Eli “Li” McDuffie and lead vocalist and keyboarder extraordinaire Jonathan “J-La” LeSueur, along with Mikey Peterson on trombone, Griffin Wade hitting the drums, Kyle Cox strumming guitar, and Rosean Alexander probing the deepest of baselines, are exploding!!! If you check ’em out now, you can say you heard ’em when…

LiLa is opening this week for nationally renowned act Girl Talk at Wolfstock, North Carolina State’s annual student kick-off party held at the 5,500 seat Raleigh Amphitheater. This is just the first of many appearances required to satiate the demands of the screaming hordes of their college fans. Devils and Heels are clamoring for what the Wolfpackers are getting this week: LiLa energy. As the Secret Carrboro Ninja Patrol put it “[they are] brightly lit that LiLa is not on the radar, the radar is on LiLa.”

LiLa has been blowing the doors off the ever expanding Durham music scene, packing fans into the newest, hottest Durham venues, MotorCo and Casbah. If you have ever stood there, witnessed, and felt the walls shake and reverberate as their fans chanted, “One more song! One more song!”, eyes gleaming with joy, oblivious to the sweat dripping off of their brows, you’d know the feeling. It verges on the religious, brushes up against the spiritual…

Their sounds have been heard on WXDU, WXYC and WKNC, as well as numerous other stations.

The video of LiLa’s new single, “Group Therapy” was produced by a cutting edge Chicago group headed by Sam Hensen and Eva Grace.

“Group Therapy’s” message embodies the LiLa’s ethic: togetherness, unity, and strength in numbers. We are all in it together. The band’s refreshing sound spreads hip-hop energy across every genre. It focuses on the therapeutic, the relaxing, and the uplifting that is collectively achieved when rhythms align.

Check out the band’s new website filled with music, video footage, backstage photos, behind the scene highlights, biographical insights, and Faygo links. No fakeouts. Stay tuned for more news at the LiLa website and on the bands Twitter feed.

Their new Album drops December 2011. Pre-ordering starts November 1st.

Check out LiLa’s website here.

Check out LiLa’s Facebook page here.

Follow LiLa’s Twitter feed here.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.


  • Reply August 24, 2011


    Great post! Durham needs more LiLa in their life. Get em out there!

  • Reply August 24, 2011


    Great post! Durham needs more LiLa in their life. Get em out there!

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