After I stayed for a few more awesome deejay sets (big up MIKE STYLES and ARTI!) at Saturday’s ARTISM event, I headed out to THE BLUE WHALE jazz club in Little Tokyo for an event that I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to attend. I’m so glad that I did. Titled “Celebrating African Heritage”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, given that the impact of African culture throughout the world has been vast and glorious. Fronted by Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo, however, I quickly learned that the music would focus on music from Brazil, Martinique, the USA, and Africa, of course. Upon arrival, I noticed that 1) the performance area was set up in a circular ‘roda’ fashion, with the musicians facing the center of the circle and the audience seated all around them 360 degrees, and 2) that there seemed to be a particular preponderance of percussion instruments. As the musicians gathered in the circle, the roster boasted a handful of LA’s heaviest percussion firepower: Leo Costa, Gibi dos Santos, Alberto Lopez, Andre de Santanna and Kahlil Cummings. The video below is :25 clip of the beginning of the show. My apologies for not capturing Brazililan vocalist Thalma de Freitas, who was positioned directly across from Marcel Camargo and hidden from my vantage point as I panned across. It was an amazing night and I’m hopeful that Marcel and Dexter Story (musical director) will get the group together again soon!
Big thanks to Mike Styles and Porchlite of the Inland Empire-based Beats of All-Nations crew for the invite to turn some vinyl this past Saturday. The ARTISM group art show held at NuWave Studio in the City of Upland brought together a fantastic roster of visual artists, whose various pieces I found myself admiring at length during the three hours I stayed. All evening long, I kept saying how I thought that while it was a relatively small show, all the pieces were remarkable. I was really grateful to be included among the roundup of tasteful deejays that blessed the turntables on that evening, each adding more depth to the visual experience the art lovers expected. I enjoyed meeting some new folks as well as seeing some familiar faces like Stryke Uno and Gabe Real. I look forward to attending the next show!