Monthly Archives: June 2009

Afro-Punk, Estilo Hip Hop, Project Art Chicago

THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2009:

June 27, July 3 – 8 in Brooklyn, NY Afro-Punk, BAMcinematek and Mountian Dew present the 5th annual Afro-Punk Festival. The festival is the definitive destination for the global Afro-Punk community and audiences yearning to experience true AP culture! Featuring Film, Music, Art, Skateboarding and Independence – Detailed Schedule of the music program, film festival, and skate park events

New Documentary, Estilo Hip Hop, nationally premiers on PBS World this Sunday June 28th, 10p. Revealing the powerful role hip hop plays in bringing social change to Latin America. Directed by New York based filmmakers, Loira Limbal and Virgilio Bravo, the documentary chronicles the lives of three hip hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world. Official Website | PBS Link

55DSL x Dim Mak Records x Ferrino Survival Kit. In collaboration with LA-based record label Dim Mak, and renowned Italian tent manufacturer Ferrino and will consist of one ultra cool tent, a limited edition 55DSL t-shirt, and an exclusive Dim Mak compilation CD that will keep you rocking through this summer’s music festivals and beyond. One Fusicology Winner will win a Survival Kit AND two tickets to camp at the Festival Internacional in Spain more…

Hennessy Black Label presents Project Art kicked off grandly with over 900 folks through the door at Climax Lounge in Chicago. They transformed a nightclub into an Art Gallery. Colorful, vibrant, art, culture, music, dance and visuals meshed together in multi-live installations! more…

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SPECIAL EVENTS:

NYC June 27 – July 12: Afro-Punk Festival

Detroit July 1 – 5: Comerica Cityfest

New Orleans July 1 – 3: Essence Music Fest

Atlanta Sept 24 – 27: Int’l Soul Music Summit

Atlanta October 1 – 3: 2009 A3C Festival

NYC Oct 20 – 24: CMJ Music & Film Festival

Santa Clara, CA Nov 9 – 10 : Social Networking World Forum

NYC Nov 16 – 19: Web 2.0 Expo

TOURS:

Los Amigos Invisibles

Rock The Bells

The Great Hangover Tour

Femi Kuti

John Legend

Bacardi B-Live Experience

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DETROIT's 21st Annual COMERICA CITYFEST .:. SUPPORT DETROIT!

For 2 decades now the New Center Council and its sponsors have brought you 5 days of completely FREE live music, art and street performance every 4th of July week in the streets of downtown Detroit’s New Center neighborhood to celebrate diverse urban living and raise funds for neighborhood works via the food and beverage sales, while presenting a vast array of the city’s restaurants to sample from.  Originally dubbed Detroit’s TasteFest, the focus having been on the fantastic selection of the metro area’s restaurants, the festival over the years became more and more known for its amazing music and cultural presentations, both international and local, and a few years ago the festival directors decided it was time to re-name the festival to reflect the all-encompassing essence of what is now known as the Detroit Comerica Cityfest.

The addition of the 2nd Ave Street Market shortly after 2000′s festival created an outdoor retail boutique strip within the festival showcasing a few dozen of the city’s most eclectic independent shops, along with the addition of the Pure Detroit Stage and Park Stage which built staple platforms for Detroit’s rising talent to grace the eyes and ears of arguably one of the largest and most diverse crowds the city sees annually.  These amazing facets of Cityfest, coupled with hip activities like the mini Modern Skate Park, Kids Zone, Fisher Lobby Art Gallery and tours of the neighborhood’s historic buildings, truly represent Detroit and its unique cultural assets.  And even in the struggling ecomonic climate in the city and the nation at large, Cityfest still remains FREE of charge so that the gathering welcomes anyone to experience the festival that therefore creates a truly diverse audience.

Fusicology, now an annual media partner, is proud to have been a part of Detroit’s Cityfest for over 5 years, from bringing some of the best rising talent to the festival to curating street performances and of course letting YOU, the Fusicologist, stay in the know about the festival.  Our staff looks forward each summer to thoroughly enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Motown right in the middle of the legendary neighborhood where most of the Motown Sound was created – you can almost feel that energy while there!  In tribute to one of Fusicology’s favorite cities in the whole wide world… trust us when  we say it’s worth the trip to the D for Cityfest!  Hot fun in the summertime!

Comerica Cityfest 2009 features yet another fantastic music line-up
: Fusicology brings you opening day with the Platinum Pied Pipers opening for De La Soul on the Main Stage to kick off July 1st real right, along with performances starting at 5pm from JazzHead, The MacPodz, The Hentchmen, and Mike Posner.  Days 2, 3 and 4 will see sets from Uncle Paulie’s Block Party featuring Supa Jay Spliff & Prince Whippa Whip and co, Lola Morales & Sean Blackman, the rising Will Sessions Band, The Motor City Horns with The Brothers Groove & Johnnie Bassett, Bettye LaVette, Dennis Coffey Quartet and more.  Closing day we will be dancin’ in the streets on 2nd Ave with the Tribute to Detroit’s Electrifyin’ Mojo featuring classic DJ sets from Rick Wilhite, Marc Duncan, Kenny Dixon Jr, and Carl Craig.  All that, and more, for FREE!

SUPPORT DETROIT!

Did you know? The proceeds from the food & beverage sales at Cityfest fund public works in New Center such as street cleaning, parks, gardens and tree-planting, community forums, neighborhood branding, economic development and more.  So support New Center by enjoying tasty local grub 4th of July week!  After all, the music is already FREE.
(Not to mention shopping in the 2nd Ave Street Market means supporting local independent businesses!)

Complete Festival InfoAbout The New Center Council & AreaOfficial Cityfest Afterparties @ Northern Lights Lounge

+ Fusicology’s photos from Cityfest 07 here

— Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

FUSICOLOGY SPONSORS 2009 OFFICIAL ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL AFTERPARTIES – WIN TIX!

Fusicology is a proud sponsor of the 2009 Official Essence Music Festival Afterparties popping off 4th of July weekend in New Orleans! Club Metro will be jumping two nights in a row right after the Superdome concerts with performances from MC Lyte, Rich Girl, Monie Love, Kid n Play’s DJ Wiz, K’Jon, Common’s DJ Dummy, NoLa’s own DJ Raj Smoov, and more, hosted by Idris Elba with tons of celebrity guests TBA.  See you there!Pre-Sale Tickets

*Once again, Fusicology brings you a fresh ticket give-away contest with a chance to win [2] tickets to the Official Essence Music Festival Afterparties and party with best if you will be in New Orleans for Essence Music Festival weekend.  Simply follow the steps below no later than Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00pm EST to enter to win.  Winners will be notified via Email by Wednesday, July 1st with ticket claim instructions.

1. Confirm your subscription to one of our Fusicology cities.

2. Email your answer to the following question + your full government name & phone number to submit@fusicology.com.

Q: In what comedic TV series that aired in British and US versions did Idris Elba guest star in?  And in which version (US or British) did he appear?

GOOD LUCK!

Friday, 07.03.09 – Sunday, 07.05.09
15th Annual Essence Music Festival Line-Up + Tickets

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COMING SOON:

Dillanthology 2: Dilla’s Remixes for Various Artists out June 23rd, Rapster Records more…

SPECIAL EVENTS:

NYC June 18 – 20: Fifth Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Atlanta Sept 24 – 27: Int’l Soul Music Summit

Atlanta October 1 – 3: 2009 A3C Festival

NYC Oct 20 – 24: CMJ Music & Film Festival

Santa Clara, CA Nov 9 – 10 : Social Networking World Forum

NYC Nov 16 – 19: Web 2.0 Expo

TOURS:

Zap Mama

Los Amigos Invisibles

Rock The Bells

The Great Hangover Tour

Leela James | New Album

Anthony Hamilton & Musiq Soulchild

Femi Kuti

John Legend

Bacardi B-Live Experience

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E3, Roots Picnic, Bravo Bravo & New Releases

While other trade shows might be feeling the effects of the recession, the turnout at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was packed with press, industry insiders, and gamers of all sorts. Some groundbreaking announcements were made alongside unveilings of hot new products and devices more…

Detroit Fusicologists had a blast at Midsummer Nights in Midtown and Bravo Bravo downtown last weekend! Check out some of the photos from Leon Ware at the CHW Museum of African-American History & Bravo Bravo at the Detroit Opera House courtesy Oh!Beatrice Photography, along with exclusive video of the weekend’s hot events courtesy 6 Minutes TV Detroit.

Roots Picnic 2009 was, as it always is, a great experience, read our Review & Photos

NOW AVAILABLE:

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Mos Def: The Ecstatic

Los Amigos Invisibles: Commercial

Leela James: Let’s Do It Again

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COMING SOON:

Dillanthology 2: Dilla’s Remixes for Various Artists out June 23rd, Rapster Records more…

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Rashaan Ahmad presents Soul Power (Not an album, not a mixtape, not an E.P.) Free track of the week: Lambada

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SPECIAL EVENTS

NYC June 18 – 20: Fifth Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Atlanta Sept 24 – 27: Int’l Soul Music Summit

Atlanta October 1 – 3: 2009 A3C Festival

NYC Oct 20 – 24: CMJ Music & Film Festival

NYC Nov 16 – 19: Web 2.0 Expo

TOURS:

Los Amigos Invisibles
Rock The Bells
Amadou & Mariam
Leela James
| New Album
Anthony Hamilton & Musiq Soulchild
Santigold
Femi Kuti
Bacardi B-Live Experience

TECH / SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS:

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06.11.09

Detroit Fusicologists had a blast at Midsummer Nights in Midtown and Bravo Bravo downtown last weekend!  Check out some of the photos from Leon Ware at the CHW Museum of African-American History & Bravo Bravo at the Detroit Opera House courtesy Oh!Beatrice Photography, along with exclusive video of the weekend’s hot events courtesy 6 Minutes TV Detroit.

Fusicology Exclusive Interview .:. DERRICK MAY .:. Movement Festival 2009

Detroit .:. Memorial Day Weekend:

Being the uber busy world-traveler and action fiend that he is, Derrick May is possibly one of the hardest people to hold down for a solid interview, but you know how the ladies of Fusicology are… making it happen, always. So we seized the opportunity to pin down our old friend Derrick at the Detroit Movement Festival 2009 right around his closing night set for a few, and then again later during a visit to the still-standing Transmat Records HQ on Gratiot Ave aka “Techno Boulevard.”

A full decade has passed since he and his colleague Carl Craig, along with festival producer Carol Marvin, took the reigns and made the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival happen, continuing for the 5 years after the inception of the now legendary Detroit music festival to push it through, regardless of the difficulties they faced.  It seems that, finally, a symbiotic partnership is now taking shape between the Techno forefathers and foremothers, and the current festival production powerhouse and seasoned rave promoters, Paxahau.

We thought now would be a great time to get a glimpse of how Derrick sees the festival and the city of Detroit changing – or changing the face of its environment – during this monumental time in contemporary culture, and the dance music industry in general… (*exclusive video with Derrick May below*)

F:  What is your perspective on Detroit’s role in the music industry as a whole right now?

DM: It’s not in a good a place at the moment… we don’t have the young artists stable like they need to be…  the creative youth need to know they can approach their forefathers and foremothers… and be given the inspiration… Like, I don’t have a single demo from a young Detroit kid right now. I mean, I know that Juan (Atkins’) nephew has been working on some stuff and wants to start making music now, but that’s about all I’m aware of…


F:  We know that the music industry is changing in a major way very rapidly right now… in your opinion, what do current artists need to focus on and/or invest in as a priority if they are looking for longevity in their career?

DM: Well, first of all, you actually have to be making quality music, to start.  Yeah, good marketing is important, but if your music is whack, that’s only going to get you so far.


F: You chose to name the Detroit Electronic Music Festival “Movement” several years ago the year the you became director… do you feel that the festival today still represents what you meant the name “Movement” to mean when you dubbed it that?  Do you see it to mean something else now, the same, or something more?

DM: When I had to re-name the festival, I chose “Movement” because it was this idea of having all these thinkers coming together and doing what it took to make it happen… and that was the whole idea.  But, originally, I didn’t want to do it at a place like (Hart Plaza), originally I wanted to do a festival like this in teh warehouse district and take each building and turn it into a different venue and invite not only Detroit artists, but artists from all over the world to play.


F:  Tell us a bit about what it takes to get your “idea factory” and your “product” OUT THERE… meaning, what are maybe 3 core things someone, especially a Detroiter,  must be sure to do (or not do) to get to the next level (i.e. CONCEPT —> FRUITION), yet retain creative control?

DM: I mean, it’s pretty simple – the basics haven’t changed – you make a record or Cd, master it, invest in some process of promotion… it takes money.  But there’s not real math or science to it… its fairly cut and dry… the formula is still pretty much the same.  It’s the influencers, or the way the music reaches the people that has changed alot.  The DJ used to have alot more influence – they were stronger, their job was righteous.  Radio used to be reliable. Not anymore.

One problem is, alot of people listen only to their own music too much, you have to pull away from it… I don’t listen to other people’s music for direct influence… but I do have to pull away from my own head sometimes in order to get another perspective.


F:  Was there anyone or anything behind you or working in conjunction with you during your earliest phases that you would not have been able to achieve what you have achieved without?  Say 2-3 people or things over the course of your first 5 years or so?

DM: For me, Mojo and Ken & Greg Collier were huge influences on me… them and Jeff Mills and a slew of others… they gave me the guts to really stand up and do it.


F: Why do you still call Detroit home, when you could live anywhere in the world?

I believe in myself and the people around me… and I feel compelled to represent something…

I know that the people give it the potential to be the powerhouse it once was in the 1980s and early 1990s.  Many don’t realize or remember that Detroit was at one time a testing ground for radio – early 80s – (Mojo for example) – there was a much larger population first of all, there were still over a million people here, there were a number of nightclubs playing quality music, varied music… it hasn’t been like that in some time now… but we need the youth to be inspired and motivated to make something like that happen again…

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*Exclusive video courtesy 6 Minutes TV Detroit*

— Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com

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Jay $tay Paid – New Album from the Late, Great J Dilla. Possibly the best posthumous rap record since the final releases of 2Pac and Biggie.” – Rolling Stone Magazine. Executively produced by Dilla’s mother, Ms. Yancey AKA “Ma Dukes” more…

Scratch’s long awaited Loss 4 Wordz album from the groundbreaking beatbox artist and member of the world famous Roots crew, featured on the album along with Kanye West, MOP, Musiq Soulchild, Peedi Crakk, Talib Kweli, Damon Albarn and more: Video Interview

COMING SOON:

Dillanthology 2: Dilla’s Remixes for Various Artists out June 23rd, Rapster Records more…

RELEASE DELAYED: For those gearing up for Mos Def’s big come back album The Ecstatic, which was supposed to be released this upcoming Tuesday, you’ll have to wait a few months longer. Def recently announced that his fourth full length album, featuring Madlib, has been pushed back and will not hit stores until August 24th. Pre-Order

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“Change My Style” ft. Truth Universal + Produced by Natural Born, Originally from the unreleased album “Decolonization” which appears on “Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 2.” with an added verse by Paris.more…

SPECIAL EVENTS

Philly June 6: The Roots Picnic

NYC June 18 – 20: Fifth Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Atlanta Sept 24 – 27: Int’l Soul Music Summit

Atlanta October 1 – 3: 2009 A3C Festival

NYC Oct 20 – 24: CMJ Music & Film Festival

NYC Nov 16 – 19: Web 2.0 Expo

TOURS:

Rock The Bells
Foreign Exchange
Amadou & Mariam
Leela James
| New Album
Anthony Hamilton & Musiq Soulchild
Santigold
Femi Kuti

Bacardi B-Live Experience

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Fusicology Exclusive Interview with AFRIKA BAMBAATAA @ Detroit Movement Festival 2009

Fusicology Senior Editor, Jocelyne Ninneman, sat down with Hip-Hop-Future-Soul-Music legend and Zulu Soul Sonic Force Nation leader, Afrika Bambaataa, and his MC Kamaaz just hours before their feature performance at this year’s Detroit Movement Festival (now being dubbed by insiders as the “Detroit Future Music Festival”) to chat about popular music then and now, sovereign states, and Virgin Air.  Oh, and some voodoo.  (video footage below)

F: If you could describe in 1 sentence what the reaction of the people felt like when performing during the birth of the New York Hip Hop scene, how would you describe it?

AB: It felt like they were receiving the frequency of the vibrations to liberate themselves and be free… the bringing back of the Ma’at – the balance.

F: When do you remember the term “Hip Hop” starting to really get used?  Who / Where / What did that term come from?

AB: Well, the term Hip Hop was a cliche my good friend Lovebug Starski started to use in his rap, and we used to say “Hippin to the Beat, Hoppin to the Funk, that makes you move your feet.”

F: Was there name you and your peers were using to identify your earliest music and culture before really using the term Hip Hop?

AB: We used to just say we were gonna “go off” or “jitterbug,” and of course “wild stylin.”

F: What was it for you that opened the door for you step out and really start expressing who you were or the concepts you felt compelled to project?

AB: Simple. I was raised up on the music that inspired me… Motown, Stax, P-Funk, James Brown, EWF, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, you know.

F: So what major differences do you see, if any, between the youth music culture of today versus when you were coming up?

AB: It’s dumbed-down, definitely.  Most of the music reaching kids today is limited flavor, and not really connecting each genre back to the roots, like it should.

F: That being the case in popular music of late, what do you predict is going to happen in the next year in the global music media industry?

AB: Well first of all, it’s not just the world or the Earth anymore… it’s an industry of the universe.  These are terms being used in the new legal contracts for record deals and bookings.  It’s real.  You’ve seen or heard about the new Virgin Air space planes?  200-seaters for consumer trips to space… soon we’ll be having concerts on other planets.

F: So you also see this movement into, or back to, the live experience being at the focal point of the music industry?

AB: Of course, this is why I always design my sets to be audience participation shows.  Everyone in the room is a part of the show.  That’s the way it should be, not just me or my group projecting out at everyone else.

F: You’ve been to Detroit before, yeah?  AB: Oh yeah, many times.  F: What does Detroit mean to you?  What has stayed with you?

AB: Well of course Motown and motor cars.  And the Rave scene and early Hip Hop scene.  Being at gigs where it’s great to see like 50 people at a party that are all different and from diverse backgrounds…yet, they hate on each other…like they’re fighting because they’re so hungry…

F: WOW. *nods head*  Now I know you have some very distinct views on world politics right now [wink, wink]… can you tell us a bit about any players we should be watching, or any powerful things you have observed?

AB: Well, of course the current US President… he’s interesting to follow, but we have to watch everybody right now.  I think we are going to start seeing alot more sovereign states, a power shift.  You know, we can’t get caught up on these supposed “privileges” that the government gives you… like the “right to travel” for example.  You have to decide; are you a US citizen?  Or are you a natural being – a citizen of the Earth?

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*Interview Footage courtesy 6 Minutes TV Detroit*

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