I’m throwing another Biggie Smalls Rap N’ Roll event (surprise, surprise). This time around my shape shifting co-conspirators who mostly work in the shadows help showcase one of our most envelope ripping line-ups yet, littered with Congolese electronic alternative sounds, dancehall and dub, future soul, hip hop and afrobeats:
Abakos (Polaris Prize nominated Pierre Kwenders + Ngabo Kiroko / Dear Denizen)
D’bi Young & The 333 (dancehall dub diva womxnist warrior)
Adria Kain (Fader Magazine, Now Magazine pick)
DJ Ace Dillinger (Afro-diasporic champion sounds)
Hosts (Moonshine’s Herve + Supafrik’s Chinedu)
Date: June 9 / 2016
Venue: Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W)
Damage: $15 advance tix at: bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/243
More $$$ at the door
#afropunk #afrofuturism #nextlevelisonlylevel
We’re presenting some Afro-diasporic Musical Genius from France. Ghana. London. Bjork endorsed. Nina Simone reincarnated? Benjamin Clementine. This. Come.
Toronto (Canada). October 18th. Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St W). Come hang with us…
Rap N’ Roll: Pop Culture, Darkly Stated
New book. Older (bigger) ideas. Forward thinking, always.
Release date: TBA 2015
My baby, Rap N’ Roll: Afro Alternative Music Series is growing up. 2015 winter edition. It’s my brain on fire (and on drums & bass)
Rap N’ Roll: Afro Alternative Music Series + Showcase (presented by Dalton Higgins) returns for its winter 2015 edition. This “urban alternative” live concert experience features the genre-bending electronic, punk, reggae, soul and nouveau-rap contributions of NYC’s Young Paris, Bonjay, Bakers Club, Junia T & Juice Money Collective, Phoenix Pagliacci, DJ 8AM811 and some very Special Guests – musical mavericks who are reshaping the urban music landscape.
Tired of predictable BET (or commercial “urban” radio) Top 20 playlists that take pleasure in trafficking low musicianship and hip hop and R&B caricatures?
Interested in Blu, Jimi Hendrix, Killer Mike (of Run The Jewels) music and politics, Janelle Monae, Roc Marciano, Bad Brains, Flying Lotus, Grace Jones, Shabazz Palaces, Frank Ocean, Chronixx, Rapsody, Mos Def, Lil B The Based God, Cody Chestnutt, Jay Electronica, Kabaka Pyramid or Pro Era (including the late Capital Steeze)?
Then this carefully calculated & curated music showcase is for you!
Where: The Rivoli (334 Queen St West – Toronto, Canada)
When: Friday February 27, 2015
NICE (Nifty Interventions for Cultural Enhancement) aka Toronto’s Multi-Genre Music Mashup. Come indulge my curatorial cravings.
What’s Next, Toronto? With a new Mayor elected and a different leadership style to be deployed… now what? We can’t predict what will happen at City Hall, but we can say that NICE II on Nov. 28th at The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. West) will be THE place to be, to see our multi-band, multi-genre, cunningly curated “live” concert experience featuring an emcee picked by major US tastemakers to blow up in 2015, Jazz Cartier (Get Home Safe Crew) + slack-rockers Wish (Hand Drawn Dracula Records) + Montreal chamber-pop crew Plumes (album release tour). Plus more NICE-ness to be announced!! Tickets only $8 in advance at Ticketfly http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/718233