SOUL SISTERS STAND UP comes to life FRIDAY AUG 16

Over 45,000 plays and counting. Soul Sisters Stand Up is the quintessential mix dedicated to the felines of funk brought to you by Canadian producer/Djs SKRATCH BASTID and THE GAFF.

This Friday Aug 16th at Nola’s, they travel down to LA to bring the mix to life on 4 turntables for your dancing pleasure for a first time performance of their acclaimed set of *100% Female Funk, Soul, R&B and Breaks* brought to you buy wonderkid DJ EXPO and mainstay AZUL 213. Also in the mix is none other than DJ RHETTMATIC which you know he always sets the tone right for what should be a special night built for the shakers and diggers alike.

@NOLA’s 734 e 3rd st. /Dowtown LA
FRIDAY AUG 16th
$ 5 before 11 and $10 after | 21+
more info go to Fusicology event page
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SKRATCH BASTID
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it.

In 2013, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral. Seriously, youtube that shit.

Since he is increasingly recognized for his comfort and versatility in different styles- hip hop, funk, disco, rock, club and just about every other genre that will make you dance- more and more people are getting hip to his style. That’s what keeps this Bastid working so hard. Touring city-to-city with a relentless drive, he’s wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and all over Europe as he averages close to 150 shows a year.

For Skratch Bastid, all that energy is brought back to the studio and heard in his music. As a producer, he takes that experience from the stage and lays it down on hard-hitting original music with a wide range of sounds. The formula earned him a Juno Nomination as Producer of the Year for his work on Buck 65’s Situation album, which he lost to Joni Mitchell. You can hear his own music often elevate his live sets along with yesterday and today’s best.

In the past year, the young lad landed in Toronto- after five fruitful years as a Montreal resident- bringing new flavor to the city and making his first mark with a big bang. His new Skratch Bastid Presents quarterly event kicked off with a blockbuster collaboration including DJ Starting from Scratch and world-renowned beatboxer Scratch formerly from the Roots. The inspiring first party was a huge success as it breathed new life into Toronto’s night scene. The three noisemakers are hoping to take the show on the road for the world to see.

If the next decade is anything like the previous one, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Skratch Bastid. As he continues to find new fans worldwide, his catalog of sounds, styles and tricks will leave a lasting impression.

What’s next? Just like in his electric sets, that’s the exciting part! Get down with the sound.
“He’s probably the most well rounded DJ that I know… his play selection is incredible!” -DJ Jazzy Jeff

“He’s kinda one of these rare cats that encompasses every single last facet and dimension of DJing in a true sense!” -Cosmo Baker

THE GAFF
The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & class. Gaff is also a renowned Producer, using ableton live, vintage equipment and a substantial record collection of over 10 000 lp’s & 45’s. One foot in the future, and one foot in the past. The Gaff’s purpose is in elevating Hip Hop, Dance, Club and Electronic Sounds to a level easily combined with Funk, Soul & Jazz; resulting in amazing performances & instrumental production. The Gaff has rocked prestigious parties & clubs far & wide, NYC to LA: either by all vinyl 45 sets, or destroying it with tight scratching and turntable kung fu. Having just released the acclaimed & highly successful mix; “Soul Sisters Stand Up” with friend Skratch Bastid in 2012, the future holds a list of steady production releases as well as his long awaited debut album. The Gaff is often referred to as A DJ’s’ DJ, cited as a top favorite amongst some of the worldʼs best & titled by peers as one of Canada’s greatest.

“Gaff got so many ill records it’s fu$*ing Mind Boggling. I am in awe” -Cosmo Baker

“The First Time I met Gaff I quickly realized he possessed the most important part of being a DJ…….a knockin’ record collection. It’s good to see he’s harvesting the crops” -DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5)

AFRO-FUNKE 10 year Anniversary with OZOMATLI recap (pics)

Yes it was one of those crazy packed nights where you dealt with the heat for a front row position at Zanzibar for Afro-Funke’s 10 year anniversary with a rare small room performance by Ozomatli. Thanks to Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red, Rocky Dawuni, & Cary Sullivan for bringing some flava to the westside. Photo capture by Farah Sosa (see full album)

MYRON & E – Record Release party @FUNKY SOLE

Resurrecting the spirit of the dynamic soul duo akin to Sam & Dave, MYRON & E are ready to release their debut record “BROADWAY” on Stones Throw recordings. They already have an excited fan base making rounds with their series of single releases with Europe’s foremost raw-soul outfits, The Soul Investigators.
Here is their full bio on Stones Throw

This Saturday, July 6, at the deep funk party in Echo Park,  FUNKY SOLE, Myron & E will perform live to celebrate their new release. Perfect compliment to their brand of soul. Deejays Miles of the Breakestra and Root Down roots alongside Clifton will be providing the selections for this funky get down event.

@THE ECHO
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
$5 all night | doors@10pm
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AFRO-FUNKE 10 year Anniversary with OZOMATLI Thursday June 27

Longevity in the club scene is hard to come by these days, especially a night that is progressive, eclectic and about the music verses selling bottles. The Afro-Funke family has been putting in love and sweat for 10 years and well deserved. The westside is not a haven for an artful going-out-and-get-your dance-on experience but Afro-Funke figured out the formula that worked. To top it all, they landed one of LA’s finest, OZOMATLI, to perform at their 10 year celebration. Much congratulations.

Special guest: DJ CENTER (push the fader- NYC)

Resident Djs:
JEREMY SOLE & GLENN RED

bookings/photos: Cary Sulllivan
host: Rocky Dawuni

@Zanzibar 1301 5th St. Santa Monica Ca | 9-2am
$12 presale tix avail: stubmatic.com/afrofunke
$15@door | 21+
afrofunke.com

Forward from Afro-Funke…..

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IT IS WITH THE UTMOST GRATITUDE THAT WE LOOK
BACK ON THE JOURNEY, OR RATHER, THE MISSION,
WE COMMITTED TO SO LONG AGO. A MISSION,
TO REUNITE THE GLOBAL FAMILY THROUGH
COMMON RHYTHMS AND MELODIES. THROUGH
DUSTRY RECORDS AND HOWLING INSTRUMENTS.
THROUGH MUSIC AND LOVE.
EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT FOR A DECADE, WE HAVE
COME TOGETHER. WEEKLY LOYALISTS, HELP KEEP
THE ROOM WARM AND WELCOMING FOR FIRST TIMERS
– AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES. WE MEET TO LET GO
AND HOLD ON. TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
AND TO COME HOME.
WE WOULD HONORED IF YOU WOULD JOIN US
IN CELEBRATING THIS MOMENTUS NIGHT….
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KCRW 89.9FM Presents
Thursday, June 27 2013
Afro Funke’ 10 Year Anniversary
featuring
OZOMATLI
In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers
Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department
Cultural Ambassadors.
Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and
they are citizens of the world.
Their music – a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall
and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LAR&B and New Orleans
second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga – has long followed a key mantra: it will take
you around the world by taking you around L.A.
Originally formed to play at a Los Angeles labor protest, Ozomatli spent their early days
participating in everything from earthquake prep “hip hop ghetto plays” at inner-city
elementary schools to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers. Since then,
they have been synonymous with their city: their music has been taken up by MLB’s
Los Angeles Dodgers and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the travelogue
“City of Angels” as a new urban anthem, and they were featured as part of the prominent
L.A. figures imaging campaign “We Are 4 L.A.” on NBC-TV. Ozomatli also have the
distinction of headlining the Hollywood Bowl three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In
recognition of their efforts, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared every April 23rd
in perpetuity as “Ozomatli Day”.
On the national stage, the band were recognized for their service not just to Los Angeles
but as global activists, receiving the National Council of LA Raza’s Humanitarian Award,
and performing twice for President Barack Obama.
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DJ Center
(Push the Fader / NYC)
Whether at the turntables, or in studio behind the boards, DJ Center soul-travels, navigating
audiences with a crate of musical goods from around the globe, while echoing aNew York
state of mind. Having rocked cities as far and wide as Los Angeles toBarcelona, Center’ssignature
style remains- soulful, feel-good music.
Always aiming to break new tunes and celebrate forgotten gems, a Center set is synonymous
with the finest of selections, whether he is doing Music Supervision for Gucci, recording
radio sessions forGiant Step, or keeping parties on their feet until the wee hours.
Live, Center has brought together artists like Talib Kweli, Rob Swift,?uestlove,
John Legend, Pete Rock, Grandmaster Flash, J.Rawlsand Eric Roberson,
taking crowds higher at his classic sessions.
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Visuals by Astronaut Disco
Food (to purchase) from The Green Truck
Surprise Guests & MUCH more!
Resident Djs Jeremy Sole & Glenn Red
Hosted by Rocky Dawuni
Produced, booked & photographed
by Cary Sullivan
Afro Funke’ Thursdays
Zanzibar
1301 5th Street Santa Monica
CA 90401
310.451.2221
9pm – 2am / 21+ w/ ID
Limited $12 Pre-Sale Tickets:
http://www.stubmatic.com/afrofunke
$15 @ door
Please RSVP on Facebook!
http://www.Afrofunke.com/
http://www.twitter.com/afrofunke
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http://www.fusicology.com/

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ZO and CHOKLATE perform FRIDAY JUNE 21

Strictly Social is back with another special live event, this time with ZO and CHOKLATE on the sweet stage. For the love of soul keeps this night going, always bringing you the next flava in the ongoing soul movement. Big ups to Nu-Soul Mag & Soul Union for keeping it movin.

ZO, producer/keyboardist of The Foreign Exchange celebrates his sophomore release Manmade which includes appearances from Phonte, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, Carmen Rodgers, Anthony David, Choklate and more. http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/zo/

CHOKLATE, the soul songstress has released some classic underground soul records and has appeared on tracks with legendary artists like Blacksheep, Abstract Rude, Butta Verses, De La Soul, Gift of Gab and Chali 2na’s solo albums.

If you love soul then this night is not to be missed.
For Full blog and more info

DJ DESTROYER and SEANO on the one’s and two’s.
@Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles CA
$15 @ Door | $12 pre-sale avail.

STONES THROW: OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON | Event and Documentary LA Film Fest

Finally it’s here, what has been getting filmed for the last couple of years has manifested itself as the premiere music documentary to be viewed at this years LA FILM FEST…

STONES THROW : OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON
tickets are available for its premiere on June 21&22 at
lafilmfest.com

On Thursday June 20th is the premiere party with many of the Stones Throw catalog come to life.

MADLIB
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF,
DAM FUNK
J ROCC
EGYPTIAN LOVER
THE LIONS
JON WAYNE
MYRON & E
VEX RUFFIN
DIVA
DOOBIE SISTERS
plus special guests

doors 9pm | 21+
@Exchange LA
618 S. Spring St. LA CA 90014 (DTLA)
 tickets starting at $25 @
flavorus.com/stonesthrow

WHAT THE FUNK – FELA vs JAMES BROWN | DJ SPINNA & RICH MEDINA Friday June 14

Footlong Development is at it again this time bringing you the new music tribute to the
God Father Of Soul JAMES BROWN & to the Afro Beat Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI!!! 
with DJ SPINNA and RICH MEDINA at the helms. 

Spinning Funky JAMES BROWN Exclusives, Covers, JB Samples & Funky-Soulful Hits Of JBs` God Children & The Afro Funk Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI`s Entire Music Catalog, Afro House, Afro Soul and more!

opening set by DJ JEDI

FRIDAY JUNE 14th, @THE ECHO 1822 Sunset Blvd LA CA 90026
$10 advance tix at wantickets.com/wtf
$15@door | 21+ | 9-2am
Some jams you might here…

Dj PREMIER + J.ROCC at Flava pics

There is going to be a time when it will be a hard occasion to be able to catch classic artists in person. Some will transition on leaving us to just speculate what it would have been like to see these artists on stage in their prime. The original hip-hop creators who had something to say and changed the music industry forever is now reaching new generations. Dj PREMIER plus J.ROCC and the quintessential radio dj duo Baka Boyz event at Icon Flava proved that the new generation is thirsty and that these artists still have relevance 20 years removed from when their records dominated the airwaves.
(To see FULL ALBUM PICS)
Here are a few top captures of this special night provided by Maricel Sison