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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kamasi Washington

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Kamasi Washington at Amoeba Hollywood

Kamasi Washington is a Los Angeles-born jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he played music with faculty members such as Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, and Gerald Wilson. Washington’s skill as a tenor soloist in the Miles Davis/Ornette Coleman tradition has landed him on albums like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and he’s played alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, and Raphael Saadiq.

Kamasi Washington The EpicIn 2015, Washington released his debut full-length, a 3-disc album aptly entitled The Epic, on Flying Lotus's label Brainfeeder. What is even more surprising is how accessible and listenable it is across its three discs without once aiming for a cheap crossover or diminishing Washington’s talents or sound. The Epic has been named one of the best of 2015 by The New York Times and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

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Give a Beat Launches With Electronic Music Event 'A Positive Spin: Remixed'

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment

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give a beatNonprofit organization Give a Beat is launching with a free event featuring live music, a DJ workshop and more.

A Positive Spin: Remixed takes place Saturday, Oct. 24 at Impact HUB LA in Downtown Los Angeles. It begins with an electronic music production/DJ workshop for youth, featuring gear and instruction from Scratch DJ Academy, from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the workshop is free.

Immediately following from 6-9 p.m. will be a live performance from Pleasuremaker (aka Joey McGuire) of Afrolicious along with Sandra Izsadore, who was Fela Kuti’s muse and mentor, and Gabriel ‘Gato’ Ferrer on percussion. There will also be presentations from Alex Simpson, associate director of The Innocence Project, and exonerated football player Brian Banks.

The event will conclude with an afterparty at Pattern Bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring 2:00am, featuring DJ Garth, Wiseacre, Tamara, Sascha Lahti and others.

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Fela Kuti and New Order Vinyl Reissues Out This Week

Posted by Amoebite, October 16, 2015 05:00pm | Post a Comment

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This week's vinyl reissues include six albums by Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti, each pressed on a different color vinyl, and New Order's release of three albums on heavyweight 180gm vinyl, to complete their reissue discography. Here are the reissue highlights for October 16, 2015.

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Alagbon CloseBeasts Of No Nation, Everything Scatter, Fear Not For Man, Na Poi and Roforofo Fight.
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New Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set Announced, Curated by Brian Eno

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

fela kuti box set vol. 3Knitting Factory will release their third set of vinyl reissues by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti Sept. 29, assembled by Brian Eno.

This set will include the albums London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976) and I.T.T. (1980). It will also include a 12-page booklet with an intro by Eno, song lyrics and contributions by Afrobeat historian Chris May, Pitchfork reports.

Vol. 1 of the Kuti sets was curated by The Roots?uestlove while Vol. 2 was curated by Ginger Baker.

Eno and Talking Heads famously used Afrobeat and Kuti as an inspiration for the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which Eno produced. Watch Eno talk about his longtime enthusiasm for Kuti’s music in the video below:

Free Grand Performances Shows in Downtown L.A. Will Feature Tribute to Fela Kuti

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 12:25pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor a free, upcoming Grand Performances show at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel at both shows, so come down to spin ‘n’ win. The show starts at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free live music under the stars!

On July 18, we’ll be at Chop and Quench, featuring The Fela! Band Broadway cast, including Tony-nominee Sahr Ngaujah. The show is a live performance of legendary African musician Fela Kuti’s ’69 Los Angeles Sessions album in its entirety. The album was recorded in 1969 while Kuti was living in Hollywood, performing six nights a week at Citidel de Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. The performers have worked on the Fela! musical, a show based on the life of Kuti that features his music and lyrics.

Grand Performances Chop and Quench

See a performance from the Fela! musical below:

Check out more shows happening at Grand Performances on their site all summer long.

 

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