SLF presents Afro-Dub Sessions
Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010, 10 p.m.–4 a.m.
(and every last Saturday of the month)
Rose Live Music, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY
Sound Liberation Front (SLF), an arts and music organization based in Brooklyn, presents Afro-Dub Sessions: a monthly party at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg that combines live music and DJs to celebrate the best in Dub and African-influenced sounds.
This month’s party will feature DJ DRM, co-founder and label manager of one of New York’s longest-running boutique record labels, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings. His Dubwise Sessions parties at Studio BPM were renowned for bringing live old-school reggae acts such as Cedric IM Brooks, Milton Henry and Sister Nancy together with top-notch DJs to a uniquely underground, bunker-like setting near the Brooklyn waterfront. On the decks, DJ DRM is known for his eclectic sets culled from the tide pools of Dub, Reggae, Hip-Hop, B-Boy Breaks, Latin, Disco, House, Afrobeat and more.
As it does every month, Afro-Dub Sessions also will feature a pair of live performances by resident band Super Hi-Fi, which has been packing the house with their creative melding of Afrobeat, Dub, live remixing and special guest appearances. The five-piece collective features members of Aphrodesia, Slavic Soul Party, The Superpowers, and the Blue Man Group.
Acclaimed Ska and Dub musician/producer Victor Rice (Moon Records/Strikkly Vikkly DubSystem) will also be on hand adding live dub effects to Super Hi-Fi’s sets. SLF’s resident DJs Linh, Q-Mastah and Lil Tiger will bring their diverse musical selections to the turntables to round out the night.
Afro-Dub Sessions is dedicated to the idea that dub, born in Jamaica, and African musical styles like Afrobeat, Afropop and Afrofunk are natural partners in the origins of global dance music. Each month SLF aims to explore these connections by hosting a different guest DJ specializing in Dub or African-influenced styles. The April 24 party will feature Awesome Tapes from Africa’s Brian Shimkovitz.
SOUND LIBERATION FRONT is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization devoted to the power of music as a socially liberating and unifying cultural force. Last summer, the group organized the Sound Liberation Festival in Brooklyn. The event featured hip-hop legends Brand Nubian; electro-Afrobeat pioneers Chico Mann; Ticklah; DJs Kenny Parker, Cosmo Baker, and Ian Friday; and, workshops by Afro Mosaic Soul and DubSpot. SLF also hosts SoundLib Wednesdays at Moe’s Bar in Fort Greene.