VINYL-ONLY TOUR HONORING AFRIKA BAMBAATAA’S INFLUENCE ON HIP HOP’S BEGINNINGS
I would consider Bambaataa to be one of the three biggest musical influences in my life, along with Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Mantronik. He was a DJ with a vision and a sense of purpose, with a desire for social change.
His ability to embrace and incorporate all different types of music and art, and contextualize them with a hip-hop mentality, is what the entire culture is based on.
-DJ Shadow on Afrika Bambaataa in Rolling Stone
Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when turntablist masterminds DJ Shadowand Cut Chemist hit the road with a truck full of records form the personal collection of Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa.
This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.
– DJ Shadow
The Renegades of Rhythm tour will unfold before the naked eye using only vinyl pulled from Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University.
DJ Shadow states on his website, “[Bambaataa’s] collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa…it’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music.
“For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That’s when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them.”
Continuing on his website,
Johan Kugelberg, who in 2007 established the Cornell Hip Hop Archive, and a member of Zulu Nation, brought the idea of this tour to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, and introduced the two to Afrika Bambaataa.
“Hip Hop ultimately is multi-generational and communicative, and an ongoing grassroots network” he says. “This tour will bring together hip hop fans over generations.”
Sorting through the collection with this holistic aim in mind was daunting. “The first sort was to make sure we didn’t leave anything important behind. We definitely over-pulled,” adds Cut Chemist. To help them narrow their selections, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist focused on the appearance of the records themselves, “It was pretty clear what he played a lot and what he didn’t. The sure-shots were covered with tape and the jackets were beautifully tattered; that made it easier after a while to pull records.”
“The program will be multifaceted,” DJ Shadow explains. “Bambaataa as artist, exploring the influence of his classics like ‘Planet Rock;’ Bambaataa as collector, and the genre-defining breaks he discovered; and Bambaataa as peacemaker and force for social change. He influenced an entire generation worldwide, so we feel a great obligation to get it right.”
Naturally, it was paramount to the two DJ’s that the tour have the full blessing and support of Afrika Bambaataa himself. “I call on all who love Hip-Hop to come out, see them, hear them,” says the Godfather. “My story is our history in DJing.”
The Renegades of Rhythm tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi andBacklash Management.
The tour may be rooted in a historic vinyl collection, but both DJs are quick to point out that people should not come to this expecting strictly an ‘old-school’ set. As DJ Shadow sums it up, “DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist + Bambaataa’s records + his blessings: it’s going to be epic. That’s all you really need to know.” Or, as Afrika Bambaataa puts it, “DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are going to blow your funky mind.”
Renegades of Rhythm Tour with DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist
Monday September 22, 9 pm
611 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Want to win tickets?
As you read above, Bambaataa’s work has been the inspiration for so many different styles of music. In the spirit of the tour, leave a comment discussing a song that has inspired you in some way.
The randomly-selected winner will be announced by Wednesday September 10th and will receive two tickets to DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Present Renegades Of Rhythm Tour at The Mercury Ballroom.
On the banks of the Ohio River resides Forecastle Music Festival, one of the Midwest’s most anticipated musical extravaganzas. It will occupy scenic Waterfront Park, the festival’s home since its inception in 2002, and purvey its sonic glory across its 85 acre expanse. This musical melee will also be found under Interstate overpasses, and aboard wooden ships. During its 3 day run, this festival brings in industry favorites for both the newest batch of music lovers and those with more seasoned palettes.
Now, the term forecastle isn’t just any old name. It has meaning and relevance to the port city of Louisville, Kentucky. The forecastle is the front part of a ship where its crew worked hard during the day, and would party during the evening. With this in mind, anyone interested in attending should heed that this is a masterfully planned event. From world renowned headliners to a Bourbon Lounge, Forecastle Festival is bringing a smattering of art, music and, culture.
Headliners Jack White, Outkast, and Beck are a few of contemporary music’s most respected names. For some people in the Midwest, this will be their first chance to catch Outkast live since they started listening to them as teens. For most others, it will be a chance to help this legendary hip-hop duo, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, celebrate their 20th year creating music. For everyone, it will be the only time this summer to catch all three of these acts in the same city for such an affordable price.
For those who can make it to this urban festie early on Friday, electronic act Mimosa and rapidly rising blues star Gary Clark Jr., are two of the younger acts to add to your schedule. Missing out on Indie groups Local Natives or Spoon would be nearly sinful. Electronic legend Nightmares on Wax kicks off his rare, live set at 6:30- one that would be difficult to pass up without deep regret.
On Saturday, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are bringing their sound to Waterfront Park. Their retro-soul sound has quickly gained popularity for a live act that is wildly entertaining. Also on Saturday afternoon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks is slotted to play a live set. This group consists of the main vocalist for Animal Collective, a gal from the Dirty Projectors, and Ponytail’s old drummer. This electric triad should have an intriguing – if not creepy – performance. Indie rock heroes, Band of Horses, will be one of the last performances before Jack White hits the stage, so be sure to catch these sentimental fellas, too.
The banks of the Ohio River will be flooded with hippies, hipsters, and music fanatics between the dates of July 18 to July 20. Kentucky has invited the world into its bourbon-soaked metropolis for music, culture, and a weekend of entertainment. May all attendees have safe travels, and the festival of a lifetime!
With the addition of a second monthly mix in G-9 Collective’s Collective Sessions series, we were able to reach outside of the Collective and bring in house music producer and DJ, Corduroy Mavericks! Please enjoy and share!
1. Vlada Asanin, Yas Cepeda, Juan Rey – Jazz Machine
2. Steve Bug – No Adjustments ft. Foremost Poets
3. Southland Dj’s – WTF
4. Davy Kidd – Get Down Tonight
5. Stefano Ritteri – Nothing Stays the Same
6. Justin Martin & Ardalan – Wheelgunner (dub)
7. Paolo Rocco – Move Body, Move Forward
8. Roundtable Knights & Ogris Debris – Say What?! (Paolo Rocco remix)
9. Oliver $ & Sqim – Hoes
10. Justin Martin – Ruff Stuff (Pimp Squad Edit)
11. Acidkids – Greek Geek (Joyce Muniz & Shanti Roots remix)
12. Chicken Lips – He Not In (Eats Everything Chicken Tits remix)
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals: