Monthly Archives: May 2007

DEMF Detroit Review

MOVEMENT ’07 : On the Funkier Side of Things…

Detroit saw both record high temperatures and thousands of out-of-town guests this past holiday weekend for the 8th time for a little thing called the Detroit Electronic Music Festival aka MOVEMENT. As Fusicology’s founders have been there since its inception in 2000 to witness its evolution, we are here once again to fill you in on what you may have missed if you didn’t make it to the D this year…

2007 found us having a true Motown experience this year more so than previous years, due to more time spent at off-site events that we simply could not resist. Visiting weeklies full of Detroit’s best musicians in big band jam sessions, everyday venues with pulsing beats of classic ’80s House music, throw-back Hip Hop tributes, and legendary underground galleries playing sweatbox to a slew of delirious dancers just about sums-up our long weekend – oh, and this crazy skating party with some kinda super-star DJ at a community roller rink in the neighborhood?

Kenny Dixon Jr. definitely saved the day this year and really laid it out, both on-site and off-site; while soldiers Rick Wilhite and Mike Clark, crews in tow, keep House alive; ‘Shoes, Dez, and Tony Tone taught us a lesson in Detroit Hip Hop; and the freestyle versatility kings of the next generation, John Arnold & Jeremy Ellis, move things in the funky forward direction… thank God.

Stay tuned later this week for our photo wrap-up!

Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

Detroit DEMF Weekend

Detroit opens the summer season at their riverfront park, Hart Plaza, this holiday weekend with the 8th Annual MOVEMENT Detroit Electronic Music Festival featuring headlining acts such as Moodymann aka Kenny Dixon Jr. – live with Pitch BlackCity, Juan Atkins & Model 500, Jeff Mills aka “The Wizard”, and more. The Motor City will be set ablaze with after-party action and an impressive number of chances to hear some legendary DJs and musicians for a very ecomonical price… and we got the goods on the where-you-need-to-be this long weekend. So, if you’re thinkin’ ’bout makin’ the move to the D, Click Here to get Fusicology’s DEMF Weekend Guide! Stay tuned for our coverage of the festival weekend…

Hip Hop Odyssey Int’l Film Festival

Celebrating five years of Hip-Hop Cinema, Education, Art and Culture, the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival (H2OIFF) showcases a kaleidoscope of Hip-Hop filmmakers and communities from around the world.

Taking place from May 28 – June 15 at the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City and culminating with the hallmark Odyssey Awards hosted by Ed Lover and Paul Mooney at BB Kings Club and Grill on Saturday, June 16th. Over the course of three weeks, H2OIFF will screen over 80 films from over 10 countries; produce 9 panel discussions on topics ranging from social justice issues to spirituality to the future of media distribution.

The festival is set to begin with a special pre-launch screening of Rock the Bells and an after-party hosted by Bobbito Garcia at the APT. Hip-Hop aficionados will enjoy movie screenings, and in addition there will be numerous opportunities to engage in discussions with industry experts, artists, activists, educators, entrepreneurs, and filmmakers. There will also be full days devoted to the youth, women, social justice, Hip-Hop history, and the craft of filmmaking, and self-distribution.

For more info on the 5th Annual H2O International Film Festival, including information films, events and tickets sales, please visit

Five Q’s with Detroit’s Phat Kat

FUSICOLOGY: Tell me about the early 90′s when you were a member of FIRST DOWN when you first paired with J Dilla.

PHAT KAT: It was the Golden Era and First Down was the first single signed to Pay Jay (Dilla’s imprint)

FUS: You got signed to Payday in the mid 90′s & released the single “Front Street” but then it got shelved..

P.K.: The single was released and then the label, under Universal, folded.

FUS: You are also known as Ronnie Cash, where does that come from?

P.K.: It’s the guy you deal with in business, my real name is Ron (smiles)

FUS: Tell us about this new album on Look Records, how did you connect with this San Francisco imprint?

P.K.: Keith, the label head, got my number from Percee P (Stones Throw) around a year and a half ago when he was staying with Keith in the Bay. He originally wanted a Dilla record, and Dilla said “hook up Phat Kat and we’ll see” and thus the record is out now. For the record, the last 4 tracks Dilla ever produced were these on my album.

FUS: How is your tour with Slum Village & Illa J going thus far?

P.K.: So far so good, it’s a 3 week adventure and we love being on the road!

Carte Blanche is available now on Look Records | Listen & Learn Here!

Crescent City Jazz Festival

Packed out would be an understatement in describing last week’s New Orleans International Jazz & Heritage Festival at the city’s fairgrounds racetrack. As over one million music and culture lovers gathered during 1 stormy and 5 balmy days in The Big Easy for the 36th year of one of the most respected annual music events, Fusicology was there to soak up the history-in-the-making. Because the true festival doesn’t stop at the racetrack gates, and extends deep into the night and the farthest corners of the Birthplace of Jazz, we were in for a long and wild ride…

Let’s just say that the pre-festival parties a week ago started for us with a WaxPoetics-endorsed little soiree off Frenchman St. where a dozen vintage vinyl junkies compared choice finds live on the decks a la disc jockey style, and subsequently produced a crate-diggers’ paradise of pre-Ponderosa stompers and original R&B-soul-funk goodness. Next, the oh-so-appropriate birthday of the late great James Brown when we got wind of a late-night set by the JB’s own Fred Wesley and guests at the quaint little Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown. With that blessing, people embarked on the coming week’s all-out heritage celebration, armed with their funky hats and flagpole crests.

Perhaps the most talked-about concert of the week though would be the appearance of the funk legend, the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers Friday night at HOB. Chuck certainly wound us up with his new twist on his funky brand of go-go featuring quite the witty lady MC, which ran hard game on George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s classic comeback show the following night at Republic. Late-night shows from Ozomatli, NOMO, and Michael Franti & Spearhead rep’d the world music camp as well. Mucho shouts to DJ Soul Sister for keepin’ us all in line!

While record-breaking numbers enjoyed the first Jazz Fest weekend as headliners Rod Stewart, Ludacris, and Norah Jones set it off, it was the final Saturday and Sunday that really had us movin’ and shakin’ with a chuck-full line-up including Stephen Marley & Jr. Gong, John Mayer, John Legend, The Allman Brothers, Roy Hargrove, Joss Stone, Steely Dan (one of our favorite sets), Harry Connick Jr and a New Edition reunion set.

And because we just could not rest until the weekend was officially over, the International Ghetto Youths Tour with Stephen Marley & Jr. Gong at the House of Blues was a destination spot for sure. K’Naan warmed up a shoulder-to-shoulder house only to relinquish the stage to possibly the best reggae-hop show I have ever experienced. Solid new material interlaced with some of Dad’s classics proved that Damian’s MC skills and Stephen’s eerie Bob-like vocal resonation together produce a near-perfect blend that is the next direction in reggae and hip hop. Wow. A perfect ending to a great week.

New Orleans is most definitely alive, and its music has even more stories to tell…

Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

Dallas: I Got Soul Festival Write-Up

Written by Fiona Bloom of The Bloom Effect

The First ‘I GOT SOUL’ Music Conference put on by Neo Soul Café brought out about 200 or so soul enthusiasts, artists, producers, dj’s, publicists and entrepreneurs around the Country from as far as Canada, Seattle, LA, NY, Miami and Atlanta.

It’s living proof that this soul movement is alive and well and VIABLE. Neo Soul Café’s Frances Jaye is the creative and visionary force behind this innovation. She was able to get Ms. Erykah Badu’s blessing and support by coming out to host the conference. With name artists like Erykah, the movement will continue to flourish, bloom and prosper. The more the mainstream media and fans embrace it, the quicker this industry will awaken and allow Indie Soul to thrive and reap all its benefits.

Artists on hand who came out to support and share in insight and networking resources were:

Anthony David, Chokolate, Yahzarah, Melissa Young, Donnie, Rahbi, Carmen Rogers, Tre Hardson, Brooklyn Red, Nuwamba, Keit and others.

Players in the movement and the Tour De Force behind the scenes were Jason Orr from Funk Jazz Kafé, Will Strickland of Urban Music Association of Canada, Bavu Blakes of ME TV, Rahdu from Hot 107.7 in Birmingham, Jodine from Jodine’s Corner, Asya & Brandon from Fusicology, Terry Bello of the International Soul Music Summit, Hasan from Puzzle Media and Marketing, Darryl from MOODS Music, Kimani Anku of SolSource, and Dj’s such as DJ Nimbus, Applejac, Needles, Salah, DJ Urban Mello and others.

Read the full story on See the crew in Atlanta in July for The International Soul Summit!