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Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara at Oakland's Starline Social Club, September 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

The MATATU performance series presents Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara on Saturday, Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou MoctarSeptember 9th at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! A director's talk follows with filmmaker Chris Kirkley, plus the La Pelanga dance party!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, which became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones.

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Positive Attitude + Successful GoFundMe Drive Propel MC Zumbi's Rebound from Armed Robbery During Recent Zion I Video Shoot

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2017 10:02pm | Post a Comment

"Thanks to the love and support of so many great people, our GoFundMe drive has reached its goal to replace the camera and [to] re-shoot the video,"  MC Zumbi of Zion I told the Amoeblog. The longtime Oakland based hip-hop artist born Steve Gaines was referencing the successful ongoing crowd-funding drive he hurriedly set up a couple of weeks ago. His GoFundMe was set up after he and his film crew were robbed at gunpoint of valuable camera gear, during a music video shoot at 11th and Willow streets. That West Oakland neighborhood, where Zumbi himself had previously lived for many years, is an example of another rapidly changing East Bay community in the throes of gentrification.  Made to accompany the song "Calm Down," off the new Zion I EP The Wake Up, the short-movie styled music video's theme, Zumbi explained, was a commentary on the lack of opportunity for longtime residents of communities like the West Oakland one he'd chosen for his location shoot.

"I'm not mad at the community and I'm not scared of the community. I love Oakland," stressed the ever resilient and positive artist by phone this week. A year ago, when the artist and his family were priced out of their longtime Oakland home with no rent control, he recorded the reactionary song and music video "Tech $" about the negative effects of the Bay Area tech boom: one that's resulted in the displacement of so many longtime residents over the past number of years.

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Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Fully Reppin' The Town in Video for "Build You Up" off Her Forthcoming Major Label Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2017 02:21pm | Post a Comment


Hardworking and hella talented Oakland rapper Kamaiyah, now signed to Interscope Records with her major label debut slated for later this year, demonstrated her unwavering love for "The Town" (Oakland) with the unveiling yesterday of the 100% Oakland-proud music video for "Build You Up" (see below). The positive-message lyrically laden, uptempo, throwback, early nineties sounding song (complete with that era's raggamuffin rap breakdown and video with her + dancers donning 90's styled T-shirt logos) is a teaser of the born-in-the-nineties rapper's forthcoming Interscope full-length Don’t Ever Get It Twisted. That anticipated late 2017 release follows her acclaimed 2016 indie release, the impressive mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto.

For the new Damien Sandoval directed, Interscope Records produced music video the dedicated Oakland artist insisted on keeping it local and in The Town with location shoots including MacArthur BART platform (pic above) as well as on the BART train, outside the Fox Theater in the Uptown district of Oakland, and by the Grand Lake Theatre over by Lake Merritt. On previous, pre-major label music videos by the artist, such as the Oakland shot "Fuck It Up (feat. YG)" and "I'm On" (featuring such Oakland locations as Uptown's The New Parish and East O's 99th Ave & MacArthur),  Kamaiyah's made a point of consistently and proudly featuring locations in her East Bay city. So major props to her for continuing this practice on her latest music video.

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Burger Boogaloo with John Waters, Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X & More, July 1st & 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 19, 2017 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo, hosted by the one and only Czar of Bizarre John Waters, returns to Oakland's Burger Boogaloo John WatersMosswood Park on July 1st and 2nd! For their fifth year, Burger Boogaloo makes history with an epic two-day line-up that includes Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X, Guitar Wolf, Redd Kross, and many more.

You just can't afford to miss this Dionysian celebration of rock, roll, food, booze, and shopping. Visit the Amoeba booth for great deals, hot vinyl, and fun prizes.

Get you tickets now HERE and check out the full line-up, plus info on all the kick-off and after parties HERE!

SATURDAY, JULY 1

IGGY POP
GUITAR WOLF
REDD KROSS
NOBUNNY
BABY SHAKES
PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS
BLOODSHOT BILL
WOUNDED LION
LOSIN' STREAKSBurger Boogaloo
VERTIGO
CAR CRASH
DJ SEAN SPITS
DJ'S SID S. PRESLEY & OMAR PEREZ

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DJ True Justice's New "Superb" Live Music Series, featuring Martin Luther and DAWNARI, Fills Vacuum in Bay Area Club Nightlife

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2017 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Saturday nights out on the town in Oakland or San Francisco present a dizzying choice of clubs/bars to head to with endless venues. The only thing is that most feature DJs spinning pre-recorded music, typically hip-hopr/rap or some strain of electronic dance, and generally geared for a younger demographic. But for "grown folk" who love music (especially live) and hitting the town on the weekend but are not fans of say mumble rap or the latest rapid BPM, thumping electronic dance music, when it comes to live music outside of overpriced concert halls and live music venues, the choices tend to be slim.

Hence tonight's premiere production of the progressive quality RnB/soul themed Superb music series at Oakland funky-but-fun NIght Light bar with performances from both San Francisco's neo-soul king Martin Luther and Oakland's on the rise stars: the hardworking jazzy tinged, R&b/soul fueled with a hip-hop sensibility instrumental & vocal ensemble DAWNARI.  Both live acts for only $10 tickets  (advance) is a welcome alternative to the Bay Area's often pricey weekend club nightlife scene.

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