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There are six groups called The Planets,

1. Hip-Hop duo (UK)
2. Sixties Italian beat band (ITA)
3. Contemporary classical group (UK)
4. New wave band (UK)
5. Noise-metal bass/drums duo (USA)
6. Sixties revival/rockabilly/punk band (GER)


1. Hip-Hop Duo (UK)

The Planets are Ayman Raze aka Forever Bin Rhymin & Nomadic Poet aka Rapastani.

In this vast ocean of MCs and artists you may ask the obvious question: “What separates The Planets from the competition?”

Firstly, well over a decade ago Nomadic Poet and Ayman Raze birthed a style which was to become a blueprint for many. Both being born orthodox Muslims, The Planets were able to successfully fuse their unique rhyming abilities with their spirituality, in a way that had seldom been seen before.

By focusing on making good music and edutaining (educational entertainment), they were able to break through religious and racial barriers, gaining wide mainstream acceptance in the process. Don’t get it confused as the group say themselves, “We create art, we don’t make religious rap. We merely incorporate our experiences and beliefs and put it in rhyme form”.

Whereas most religious rappers often come off as preachy or focus on the message without paying attention to the music, The Planets create masterpieces that can be appreciated by all. The dynamic duo are products of their environment, both growing up in inner city London and witnessing the usual drama of what goes on there first hand. This coupled with their unique background, Nomadic of Pakistani descent and Ayman of Sudanese descent makes for a unusual but very interesting and potent mixture.

The mission has not changed but multiplied many times over, as they say in their own words: “We are a lot more experienced and are as hungry as ever to deliver our message to the masses”. Expect to hear thought provoking lyrical content, and off the wall wordplay done in a unimitable style that is unique to The Planets.

The pair have appeared on more than 20 officially released projects as their journey so far has seen them fuse with various musical legends as can be witnessed on their previous works such as 2003’s Epic Ep. Here, they joined forces with international reggae superstar Junior One Blood Reid, Prince Po (Organized Konfusion) and early Common collaborater Dug Infinite. In the past they have also worked with industry legends such as Evidence (Dialated Peoples) , DJ Spinna, Atmosphere, Planet Asia, Zion I and One Be Lo to name but a few.

Having gained the respect of Hip Hop heads worldwide, they have had their music spun on the legendary Sway and Tech Wake Up Show, the Big Ted and Shortee Blitz Kiss 100 show, DJ MKs Kiss 100 show, Tim Westwood Radio 1, 1Xtra as well as others.


2. Italian Beat band

Silvano Chimenti: guitar
Nello Lentinello: rhytm guitar
Tonino Cirelli: bass
Alberto Maggi: drums
Marco Cippitelli: vocal

Un gruppo attivo a Roma nella seconda metà degli anni '60, i cui componenti erano però di origine pugliese. Hanno lasciato un significativo risultato discografico con l'LP omonimo, del 1967, contenente molte canzoni originali e alcune cover, in parte inedite e in parte già note in altre versioni. Formatosi a Taranto nel 1965, il complesso partecipò al "Festival degli sconosciuti" di Ariccia organizzato da Teddy Reno, si trasferì a Roma dove concluse un contratto con la RCA, partecipò al "Cantasarda" a ad altre manifestazioni, tenne concerti al Titan Club di Roma, al Piper di Firenze, e partecipò alla trasmissione RAI "Questi nostri figli". Parteciparono anche ad alcuni film dell'epoca, come "Rita la zanzara" (di Lina Wetmuller, con Rita Pavone), "Colpo segreto ai danni di Sua Maestà Britannica" ed altri.

I brani dell'LP "The Planets" edito con la RCA erano 1) Ci piace star cosí (Bumble bee dei Searchers); 2) Sono una roccia (I Am a Rock di Simon & Garfunkel); 3) Puoi farmi piangere (I Put a Spell on You); 4) Beatniks; 5) Sono stanco; 6) Ma perché 7) No, non temere; 8) Requiem per un ricordo; 9) Perché te ne vai (Just Like Me di Paul Revere); 10) Più di un Re; 11) La pagherai; 12) Non c'é amor. I brani 5,6,7 e 12 erano scritti dagli stessi Planets (Chimenti e Cirelli). Il testo italiano di "Puoi farmi piangere" era di Gianni Boncompagni. Chimenti dopo il periodo Planets è diventato un musicista professionista ed uno specialista della chitarra acustica e ha realizzato, tra le altre cose, l'arpeggio di chitarra che caratterizzava la celebre canzone di Gianni Morandi "Un mondo d'amore", sigla della versione TV di 'Per voi giovani'.


3. Contemporary Classical Group

The Planets is made up of 8 students of international background, brought together by Mike Batt of Wombles fame. They include:
* Ruth Miller
* Beverley Jones
* Lac-Hong Phi ,
* Anne-Kathrin Schirmer
* Ben Pugsley
* Jonathan Hill
* Michael Kruk
* Salima Williams

They released their first, and possibly only, album Classical Graffiti in 2002. More information on the band can be found on their website:

The British new wave band The Planets was the brain child of singer/bassist Steve Lindsay. The Planets released two albums, Goonhilly Down (1979) and Spot (1980).

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