Absolutely OUTRAGEOUS Afro Funke’ last Thursday with legendary DJ CUT CHEMIST
celebrating the release of this new album “Sound of the Police!!”
Shout outs to the entire crew including Carlos Nino, Hit&Run massive, Mike Styles,
Rocky Dawuni, Glenn Red, Jeremy Sole, Zanzibar staff and to the 400+
amazing humans who sweated it up nice and right!!
Please check out some of the amazing photos of CUT CHEMIST live at Afro Funke’!
Farah Sosa’s images are on fire!!
THURSDAY, February 24, 2011
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco,
African Salsa, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats, Makossa,
Balkan, Funk, Blues, Highlife, Broken-Afro-Beat, Salsa,
& Other deep-rooted soul music from around the world
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
celebrating the release of:
“SOUND OF THE POLICE
CUT CHEMIST has been on hiatus working on new music since the release of his first full-length solo album, 2006’s The Audience’s Listening (Warner Brothers Records) and teaming up with DJ Shadow for their 2007 seminal live Hollywood Bowl show and corresponding tour for The Hard Sell. Before the pioneering turntablist and producer releases his next full length LP he has put together a live mix CD to reintroduce himself entitled SOUND OF THE POLICE. Due out March 2011, it uses music from and inspired by Africa and South America and as it’s title references, Cut’s hip-hop roots tips his hat to the classic BDP song but more importantly referencing Ethiopia’s military bands which was his primary influence to make this mix.
Different than the traditional mix CD using two turntables, this exclusive offering was created live using only one turntable, a mixer, a loop pedal and all original vinyl pressings. Cut thought when performing this mix live it would challenge the contemporary DJ as well as himself. The music chosen for this mix goes quite a bit deeper into the crate than his other contributions. Driven by his passion for Ethiopian, Colombian, Sudanese and Afro-Brazilian sounds respectively, this mix also features a few classic tunes you might recognize. Sound Of The Police puts it all in the context to help the listener remember that hip hop culture is indeed rooted in Africa.
Originally Sound Of The Police was only intended to be a one time performance for Mochilla’s Timeless concert series opening up for Ethiopia’s own Mulatu Astatke in 2009. He recorded the practice session and after the success of that performance he thought it deserved to be heard and seen by as many people as possible. The live performance attempts to be a reenactment of the CD but with cameras on the turntable and loop pedal so the audience understands exactly how the records are being manipulated. “You don’t have to be into DJs to enjoy this show. It’s like walking a sonic tight rope and the audience gets to see me fall if something goes wrong,” Cut says. “The interesting parts are when I mess up and fix it. The audience goes crazy and appreciates what a difficult balancing act this actually is.”
Sound Of The Police proves Cut Chemist is still pushing the envelope when it comes to live DJing. It combines entertainment with music and cultural education. Cuts always used these elements when it comes to his music and he won’t stop. “It’s important to widen people’s musical vocabulary and I feel its my job as a DJ to do so.” While Cut is finishing his sophomore solo LP, Sound Of The Police will tide fans over with unique DJ skills and an eclectic blend of music from around the world.
As a founding member of seminal Los Angeles groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Cut Chemist has been producing and releasing music for almost 20 years. He has also released a series of highly acclaimed mix CD’s with DJ Shadow including influential albums Brianfreeze and Product Placement. Upon his exit from Jurassic 5 he released The Audiences Listening which showed that he could produce a widerange of musical styles. He has toured extensively for the last few years with a stunning audio visual performance that brought a whole new dimension to his sound and he has made cameo appearances in the films “Juno” and “Up In The Air.”
JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/theLIFT/Musaics)
Ticklah, the Budos Band and the Dap-Kings:
**New Album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” available at:
AFRO FUNKE’: Thursdays @ Zanzibar
1301 5th St Santa Monica, CA 90401
9pm | 21+ (EVERYONE Must Have ID!)
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Afro Funke’ supports:
Africa LIVE! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate the Ghanaian music scene, creating public and industry awareness for its rich history and value, and commercial opportunities for artists and the community. Ghanaian international music star, Rocky Dawuni recognized the need to safeguard Ghana’s incredible music legacy. Through Africa LIVE! Dawuni plans to promote music education and appreciation in schools, provide schools and artists with access to instruments, venues and professional production assistance, and foster musical collaboration between the U.S. and Ghana.
We will have an Africa LIVE! donation box available at Afro Funke’ each week. Or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding events and donations.
With a little help from our friends:
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better;
the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”