Entries tagged with: Afrika Bambaataa
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist / Afrika Bambaataa himself
[Everything] that went under the needle during Shadow and Chemist's propulsive 90-minute spree of old-school breakbeats and frenetic scratches, the disc came from Bambaataa's fabled 42,000-piece record collection. That house of wax is part of an even bigger archive that Bambaataa, now 57, donated in 2013 to the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University, where he is a visiting scholar. But every thump, riff and shout that boomed through the room tonight - including brazenly manipulated chunks of Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Bambaataa's own '83 jam "Renegades of Funk" - was pulled from the same LPs and 12-inch singles that Bambaataa broadcast across Bronx playgrounds and used to fill the floors at clubs all over New York in the late Seventies and early Eightes.DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist brought their tour DJing exclusively from the legendary Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection (check it out) to NYC for two shows last week, September 4 and 5 at Irving Plaza. Bambaataa was in attendance for both (as the review quoted above describes from the first night). Opening the shows was a set from Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke. Did you catch either of the shows? How were they?
...At the end of the night, Bambaataa - who watched the set from the balcony - came down to the stage and took a bow, a radiant smile belying the inscrutable effect of his giant Sun Ra-like shades. His life's work may now be a library, but it's still a revolution with wheels. [Rolling Stone]
Pictures of the second night are in this post and continue below...
As mentioned, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will soon be out on the "Renegades of Rhythm" tour where they'll be DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. (40k+ records!) There are still tickets for the September 4 date at Irving Plaza, but they've added a second show at the NYC venue the following night (9/5). Tickets for the just-added show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM with a Livenation presale beginning Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
DJ Shadow @ McCarren Pool, 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have announced the Renegades of Rhythm Tour, marking the latest in a series of several tours the two have done together. This time they'll be playing special tribute to hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa. The two crate-diggers will be playing vinyl-only shows, spinning records from Bambaataa's personal collection of over 40,000 records, which is permanently archived at Cornell University. Says Shadow:
His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa...it's obvious that this music was important to him, and it's reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That's when being a crate-digger comes in handy - you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them...The tour will stop in Irving Plaza in NYC on September 4. Tickets for that show, and for the rest of the tour, will go on sale this Friday, June 20 at 10 AM with a Citi Cardmember and Live Nation mobile app presale beginning Thursday (6/19) at 10 AM. The complete list of dates can be found below.
...This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They're HIS records, with his blessings. This isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS' records.
World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...
Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.
Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.
An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.
Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.
More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.
A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.
Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.
Greg Broussard, better known by his stage name Egyptian Lover, is an American musician, vocalist, producer and DJ, and was an important part of the L.A. dance music and rap scene in the early 1980s... The Egyptian Lover started out as a DJ in Los Angeles with Uncle Jam's Army DJing dances as large as the L.A. Sports Arena with 10,000 people. He began recording around Los Angeles in 1982 as a member of the Radio Crew, and also Uncle Jam's Army. In the early days of hip hop albums were rare, so most of The Egyptian Lover's successful recordings were 12" singles. He would eventually release some of the earliest rap LPs, which was especially unique for being west-coast based... -[Wiki]
As discussed, trailblazing hip hop artist Egyptian Lover will perform at Santos Party House on May 23 joining an impressive lineup as part of an event dubbed The United States of Bass, part of the Red Bull Music Academy. Tickets are on sale. The line-up also includes names like Afrika Bambaataa, J Assault, DJ Funk, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Scottie B, Salva, Drop The Lime, Branko and Krampfhaft.
Also on the bill is Big Freedia, who will be preparing for her upcoming tour.... with The Postal Service? Yes it's true, Big Freedia WILL be out with the band but unforunately won't be in the house for either of the Barclays Center shows.
All other tour dates are listed, along with a few Egyptian Lover streams, below.
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
Miguel, who just released a song with J. Cole and won a Grammy and performed at the ceremony, added a third NYC area to his upcoming tour supporting Alicia Keys. The new show happens on April 8 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets for that show go on AEG/Venue/Radio presale today at 10 AM, with a general on-sale starting Saturday (2/16) at noon (password might be "BRANDNEW").
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland will be performing STP's first two albums, Core and Purple, in their entirety at Irving Plaza on March 9 in NYC and State Theatre on March 12 in New Brunswick. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM.
Afrika Bambaataa is playing Cameo Gallery on April 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Amazing Brooklyn street fair Atlantic Antic is this Sunday (9/30). Entertainment along the way includes Brooklyn street fair regulars Les Sans Culottes at Last Exit at 1:30pm, and a DJ set by Afrika Bambaataa at Maimonide of Brooklyn (M.O.B.) at 2:00. The fair runs along Atlantic from Hicks to Fourth Ave, and runs from 12-6, rain or shine. Check out the full schedule.
Also Sunday (and Friday and Saturday): the DUMBO Arts Festival.
today in NYC
Whiplash @ UCB
Cumbrigra @ Barbes
Brain Cloud @ Barbes
Butch Hancock @ Joe's Pub
Joy Kills Sorrow @ Joe's Pub
Brother Reverend @ The Manhattan Inn
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
The Wet Look, The Shitty Pixies@ Spike Hill
Matt Hartke, Sister Anne @ Mercury Lounge
Fishdoctor, Mountjoy, Allison Weiss @ Pianos
Bosco Delrey, The Babies, PO PO @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost@ Living Room
Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
Memorial Day Dance Party @ Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra @ The Stone
Sister Spit with Michelle Tea & Justin Bond @ Issue Project Room
Thunders, Youth Quake, Tight Spots, The Neighbors @ Cake Shop
Cruisin USA, Weird Womb, Space Lions, The Split @ Mercury Lounge
Talib Kweli, J. Pinder, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zoo Troop Gang, DeemY, Abstract, CMo @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Seasick Mama, Jefferson High, Tyburn Saints, Slothbear @ Glasslands
Travis Laplante, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Ryan Ferriera @ Zebulon
Ctrix, Sabrepulse, Doomcloud, Smiletron, Knife City, Men Of Mega, Roccow @ 285 Kent
Dru Cutler, Madam Madcadam, Education Reform, Fahey, Wilder Maker @ Cameo Gallery
Afrika Bambaataa, Pharaohe Monch, DJ Maseo of De La Soul, Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love, DJ Skribble, Todd Terry, DJ Rich Medina, DJ Hektek, Consequence @ Highline Ballroom
Tonight at Highline Ballroom they're celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" with live performances and a host of famous DJs. The "Planet Rock" video is below.
It's the annual free Memorial Day performance of the New York Philharmonic at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This year they will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
It's also the annual Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Have a great Memorial Day!
Neko Case @ All Points West in August (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Suzanne Fiol Day
* Holden @ Sycamore
* Talibam!, Chris Peck, Living Things @ Zebulon
* Metallica, Lamb of God @ Madison Square Garden
* Shrinebuilder, Rwake, Liturgy @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Neko Case, Joey & John of Calexico @ Wellmont Theatre
* Art Brut, Jeffrey Lewis, Murder Mystery @ Bowery Ballroom
* De Cylinders, Gentleman Jesse, Girls At Dawn @ Bruar Falls
* Awesome Color, Glass Rock, Scotty Karate, Bird Law @ Glasslands
* dubknowdub, Necking, Love or Perish, Noisy Pig @ Death By Audio
* Band Of Skulls, Surefire, Violent Soho @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Afrika Bambaataa 35th Anniversary show w/ Naughty By Nature & more @ SOB's
35th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop Culture/36th Anniversary Of The Universal Zulu NationThat's tonight at SOB's. Then on Monday the same venue is hosting a Roc Raida HipHop Tribute Benefit. More upcoming hip hop shows recently listed HERE.
SUNDAY NOV 15 DOORS 7PM SHOW 8PM
ADMISSION $25 in adv/$30 day of
$10.00 off with Zulu Nation or Moorish Nationality Card)
Naughty By: Nature -Headliner
Grand Master Melle Mel
Chill Rob G
DJ DP One/DJ Chuck Chillout
It's hard to believe that SHRINEBUILDER is finally here (tonight @ LPR). Listen to "Pyramid of the Moon" below...
Neko Case hits Wellmont Theater tonight. Monday she's at Beacon Theater. Amazon thinks she put out the best album of 2009. Video of her on Letterman, below...
Art Brut plays their second NYC show of the weekend tonight. It's at Bowery Ballroom. Friday night it was at Brooklyn Bowl.
We lost Jerry Fuchsa week ago last night.
Nardwuar talked to Gossip (including Beth Ditto). Video below...
Park Jams at Crotona Park in the Bronx run every Thursday through the end of July. Acts include GrandMaster Caz, Afrika Bambaataa and Biz Markie. Biz Markie who will be at the July 9th launch with Grandwizzard Theodore and more. That series will be followed up in August by Tuesday DJ series in Harlem's St. Nicholas Park. All shows are free. Full schedule and flyers below...
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It's the first dance post of '09 and regrettably, I have not been out dancing much since the Scion party with Fake Blood, Lifelike, and Franki Chan on December 16th, but next week there will be a review of a great New Years Eve spent with Sinden and Jokers of the Scene (among others) at the soon to be closed Studio B. In the meantime, here are a few great ways to dance straight into 2009....
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest at Rock The Bells, 8/3/08 (villageslum.com)
"Mos Def was joined by Talib Kweli for a series of Black Star songs including "Definition," "Respiration" and "Brown Skin Lady."......with Pharoahe Monch joining former label-mates on stage for a boisterous performance of "Simon Says."
....Slick Rick joined his Def Jam proteges [ED: Method Man & Redman] briefly for a partial performance of "La Di Da Di,"....... After Raekwon, who performed earlier with Ghostface returned to the stage, EPMD followed, performing "Strictly Business" and "So What Cha Saying." Washington DC's DJ Kool entered the set, performing "Let Me Clear My Throat,"...... Upon the set closing, Keith Murray completed the Def Squad triad with a performance, without Sermon at the time, of "Rapper's Delight."
.....the largest crowd reaction came from Nas speaking to the crowd about how he needs to "breathe." Repeating the word, DJ Green Lantern played the instrumental to "Success," prompting a Yankee-cap tucked low Jay-Z to rush on the stage.... and perform his first verse..... the two then performed "Black Republicans."
Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of Village Slum) and a video of that "Black Republicans" performance down below.....