As we all learn to adjust, pivot or bust through the rubble of the arts and culture industry left by the coronavirus, I jumped at the invitation to be part of this new series virtual gatherings, which also entails reuniting with my old deejay partner, Reyes Rodriguez. We’re teaming up on the decks once again, though from our own rigs at home, to revive SALA.
SALA, a Spanish term signifying ‘home’ or a communal space, hopes to tap back into the energy of cultural gatherings, of communing with friends, family and neighbors in person, as we currently struggle for connection from afar during this pandemic. As throughout time, we look to stories, poetry, art, and music to bind us to one another.
Back in 2008, Reyes came up with the event series SALA Lounge, where he invited guest deejays, including me, to spin records with him in the beautiful back courtyard of his art gallery, Trópico de Nopal in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. The events were marked by the easy, home-like atmosphere at Trópico, and the good vibes of the music and guests in attendance.
Here, in 2020, the format for SALA’s new incarnation will be based on a Zoom birthday event that both Reyes and I deejayed for a few months ago. Beyond the dance party for which we were tasked with sparking, it included a schedule of short readings by both new and established poets, storytellers, and performance artists. The event was so well received that the birthday girl, a mutual friend of ours, has spearheaded a reprisal. So, SALA is back. Here’s Saturday night’s lineup:
• 9:00pm – Muralist Jamuna Priti; Writers Aida Salazar, Peter Harris, Briza Covarrubias & performances by The Digital Sandbox Playuz and Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal) • 10:00pm – Resident DJs Glenn Red and Reyes Rodriguez • 11:30pm – After party
These hot days remind us that summer is here! And we can still come together in new ways to connect while doing good.
That is why we have partnered with La Junta Sound System to ‘Move the Movement’! A benefit party benefiting immigrant rights. Get your people and log on to Facebook on July 25 from 4-6pm for a virtual dance party featuring your favorite Cumbias, Salsa, Afro-Latin, and Global Rhythms. All proceeds from this event will benefit CHIRLA.
We know the richness our cultures bring to this country. Yet sadly, millions of immigrants who are deemed essential, work and risk their lives daily to care for this nation without being equally included or protected. La Junta wants to help us change that. And you can too!
The dance party is free so invite your whole tribe – all funds raised that day will
benefit our direct services and advocacy work. Here’s how to Move the Movement:
RSVP at OnSameSide and receive a CHIRLA toolkit with resources
Share with your friends on social media!
Tune in to CHIRLA’s Facebook on July 25th
So get your moves together, figure out what you are wearing, and tell all your friends
to join you at this can’t-miss summer jam!
Sincere gratitude to everyone who tuned in on Wednesday night for my featured deejay set on the @artworxla Instagram live stream! Leading up to the moment that I dropped the needle on the first tune, I was apprehensive about doing it at all. I hadn’t worked out on my turntables since the COVID-19 lockdown in LA began at 12am on March 16. I had just finished up my Marina Soul Club set at the Bamboo Club in Long Beach when was I learned that the official lockdown/stay home order had been given by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Up until about a week or so, before the live stream invitations began rolling in, my mixer and turntables were still packed up and I was feeling rusty both physically, and because I had spent zero time listening to the Afro-Latin music for which most people know me. Uncertainty over the robustness of my Wi-Fi bandwidth and if it could convey a quality streaming experience was also a major concern.
However, after spending a few hours with my hands on the records, I felt like I could do it well enough. I was most definitely uplifted by everyone’s positive comments on the chat and the fact that it was beautiful to have friends in the ‘room’ listening! So for those that have asked, here are the tracks from my set. Thanks again and happy hunting!
01. BETTY WRIGHT – “Clean Up Woman” [Jim Sharp Edit]
02. SUSSO – “Bani” [Dandara Edit]
03. EMMANUEL JAL – “Baai” [Sibu & Joe Nagall Edit]
04. PULO NDJ ft. MATIBEYE DJE NON PAH – “Les Feuilles Trembient” (Interlude)
05. BARBATUQUES – “Na Mata” [Marcelo Vig Remix]
06. RENATA ROSA – “Brilhantina” [Sibu & Joe Nagall Edit]
07. ERASMO CARLOS – “Coqueiro Verde”
08. JACKSON 5 x ERASMO CARLOS – “I Want You Back” [Billy Hoyle Samba Rock Remix]
09. DJ TOTY STYLE – “No Pendejas”
10. CAM’RON – “Oh Boy!” [Kayjay Edit]
11. ROCKY DAWUNI ft. SARKODIE – “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu”
12. TIMAYA – “Sanko”
13. TURNER, MACHEL MONTANO & FLAVOUR – “She Bad”
14. LAKOU MIZIK ft. 79RS GANG – “Iko Kreyól” [79rs Gang version]
15. TI CÉLESTE – “Popilation Basse-Terrienne Au Abois”
16. GHETTO KUMBÉ – “Vamo A Dale Duro”
17. YAABA FUNK – “Oman Foa” [Danvers Edit]
Tonight at 7pm PDT, I’ll be doing a feature live stream deejay set from my @glennzenn Instagram account in support of an amazing community organization called Artworx LA, currently hosting an online art auction as part of their 2020 fundraising campaign.
To help infuse some music into the online experience for donors and bidders, the folks at Artworx have invited one of our fantastic Los Angeles deejays to offer a live set on social media.
I’m among some talented company with the likes of Ale Cohen of Dublab, Novena Carmel of KCRW, and DJ degruvme of my own La Junta crew bringing their unique repertoires in support of the cause!
Tune in from Instagram this evening, either from @glennzenn10 or @artworxla. Below is a bit more about Artworx LA’s important mission. Be sure to check out the online auction as well!
* * * * * ARTWORX LA combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis by engaging students in a long-term, sequential arts program offering a pursuable life path that inspires them to stay in school, evolve as unique individuals and flourish as creative adults.