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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Last month's Pangaea Lounge podcast


more files will be added shortly..
feel the intercontinental vibes!

Last week's show - Podcast

Heres the Podcast link.
This show featured the usual diverse selections, including more from the classic days of Jamaican reggae, and also some Hindi dance music...
++ the last 20 minutes of the show i played a 4 track recording (which i recorded in their living room!) of local punk band "Faci@l Hair"
hope you enjoy the tunes

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - This Thursday!!!

Chill out to the Intercontinental Sounds of the Pangaea Lounge---This Thursday from 9--11:30 at Cafe Gutenberg! (17th and Main Street Shockoe Bottom)

Dj Carlito will arrive with a suitcase full of vibes from all over the world for your listening enjoyment. Yes, he's on a mission folks-- to bring the most inspiring music of the world TO YOU this Thursday night!

Kick back in style on the second floor of Cafe Gutenberg (17th and Main Street Shockoe Bottom.) Order a meal, grab a drink, relax, and speak your native language with all your friends in an atmosphere that will take your imagination to beautiful, far off, distant places.

Pangaea Lounge- every second Thursday of the month! (this month: Sep 14th)
-- please feel free to bring a friend (or fwd this flyer if you're sure you cant make it!)

See you there!

Hip Hop/Dance dj set at Mom's Siam This Saturday

Yes, Im busy this week--
Saturday night, I'll ready and willing to help you get your grooove on at Mom's Siam where I'll be spinnin' the bumpin' beats to spice up your night.
Starts around 10:30 pm (a few hours after you visit the Que Pasa festival!)
see you at Mom's Siam on Saturday !
Mom's Siam Restaurant - (804) 359-7606 - 2929 W Cary St, Richmond, VA

Chai Yo!!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia Sept. 16, 2006

press release:
"State Farm Insurance® in partnership with VA Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce proudly present ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia Sept. 16,
2006. Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA. 12 pm – 8 pm.

Celebrating Hispanic Culture through music, food, arts and crafts.
Indulge in a day-long entertainment line up of Latin sounds to include
local favorite Bio Ritmo. Hispanic arts and crafts, childrens
activities, and folkloric dancing are all included. All you need to
bring is a big appetite, a pair of dancing shoes, and the family to
enjoy the myriad of events featured at the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of

Wunmi performs in NY at SOB's on the 21st

Sunday, September 10, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Sunday Sept 10 2006

- during this show you'll hear a mini Bhangra set, and then lots of Jamaican Reggae from legendary studios like Studio One, Channel One, Joe Gibbs, Black Ark, Rockers, and Treasure Island/Treasure Isle (Duke Reid)
You'll also hear a brief segment of clips I recorded the day of Sept 11 2001 from a handheld recorder. I was working in Manhattan on that day, and this cassette is so powerful that I cant really stand to listen to too much of it-- but since the 5th anniversary was on Monday, I thought it might be appropriate to share a clip of this audio collage which was made by recording street noises as i evacuated Manhattan with the rest of the people of the city, switching over to the radio every once in a while - this tape is so full of emotion and memories that it is difficult to listen to but provides some sort of audio catharsis as well. Its hard to belive it was 5 years ago- seems like only yesterday. I am going to archive the complete cassette tape at some point-- but maybe not for another 5 years.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Buju Banton headlining One Love Festival in MD on Sunday Sep 10

at the Crossroads in Bladensburg MD

Buju Banton's performance was definitely the highlight of the night...He brought so much energy and got the crowd moving from the minute he ran onto the stage in a whirlwind of jumpkicks and swinging dreadlocks. A few songs later, he took it down-- all the way down, to a more meditative vibe for some of his more spiritual contemplative songs("Give I strength" and "Destiny" were two of my personal favorites.) Then out of nowhere, he brought it back twice as rough an instant later ( a wicked version of "Champion".) This is the dynamic ability of a musician who has really mastered his art—to bring so many emotions out and keep it flowing throughout the show.
Buju is determined that his people hear the positive message in his music. To break them out of complacency, he gets them dancing.. but also at the same time gets them thinking in a different direction.
Buju’s performance was so good that Im pretty sure many people would have been content to see that performance alone.. and it took some work on the djs part to get the crowd back after Buju left...
The Shiloh band was one of the better reggae bands i've heard backing an artist--- The creative samples used by the keyboardists brought a fresh new element to the dancehall sound. Some really tweaked out distorted electronic sounds at points ... and other sounds were mellow and fluid. The keyboardist’s guitar sound was impressive too (surprisingly, for a keyboard) In fact, these musicians each had a sound of their own.. not your average reggae band... they definitely have some new tricks up their sleeve.
The three female vocalists on stage with Buju were also really important to this powerful sound -- Every harmony they sang was perfect-- and they balanced out Buju's fierce, rugged vocals with their own graceful style.
All of this combined -- brought a sound that was awe inspiring. You could hear Buju's voice ringing out, echoing in the night in such a way that i wouldnt be surprised if people on the other side of the planet heard this glorious sound. If they didnt, im sure they will soon-- Buju's tour dates are taking him all over the place this fall in support of his new CD "Too Bad" . Check his myspace site for samples:

The ONE LOVE festival, in my opinion, is a great opportunity to see how big a genre “reggae music” really is. First, because of the diversity of styles that were represented at this show.. and also, because each artist, has DEVELOPED their unique style to perfection. Gregory Isaacs, Buju Banton, Capelton, Elan, Assasin... These artists could each stand on their own as a headlining act. Its pretty hard to believe that all these incredible reggae artists were in the same place on the same evening. Thats a ONE LOVE festival for ya I guess!!

( extra big thanks to Buju Banton, Gargamel music, and Crossroads Entertainment Complex)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Sep 3 2006

Here's this past weekend's podcast link!

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