Baaba Maal Remix Contest

baaba maal coverLegend of the world music scene Baaba Maal released his new album Television this summer. To celebrate the release, Palm and Giant Step are launching a competition to find a new, fresh remix of the album’s high-energy track “International”.

Baaba sees language as an instrument and he searches for different ways to diversify his music- this newest album Television is a collaboration with New York’s Brazilian Girls, who helped him blend West African musical traditions with electronic dance music – the challenge is to keep the spirit of experimentation and fusion alive to create an innovative remix.

So if you’ve got creativity flowing through your veins, and a love of moulding music to make your own, this is the competition for you!

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ENTER TO WIN – BAABA MAAL “INTERNATIONAL” REMIX COMPETITION

Stefon Harris Remix Contest

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Urbanus, the new release by vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris, signifies his 7th album as a band leader and his Concord Records debut. The new album picks up where 2004’s Evolution left off in that it features Blackout, his scintillating ensemble that’s as versed in modern jazz as it is with rhythms, melodies and soundscapes associated with R&B, pop, hip-hop and funk.

For this video, “Gone”, they’ve organized a video remix contest: Contestants can download artwork, music and video to remix, then upload it to Stefon’s YouTube group. Stefon Harris and Stacey Robinson, the original designer, will choose the winner.

Video Remix Contest Site

More Info, Tour Dates & Streaming Tracks from Urbanus

Alex Cuba To Release Augua Del Pozo

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Alex Cuba‘s new album Augua Del Pozo will be released September 22nd, featuring two additional unreleased tracks. For a guy who moved from smalltown Cuba to smalltown Canada, Alex Cuba thinks big. Cuban soul rocker Alex Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. He is a Juno-Award winner in Canada, recently topped the iTunes U.S. Latino charts has been touring the US for the last three years building a fan base and generating media recognition, one city at a time. With a heart as big as his retro ‘fro, Cuba takes it in stride and focuses on what he does best: crafting songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers like a machete through sugarcane.

Check out alexcuba.com for more, including a streaming audio preview of the new album.

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Last Night’s Journey Party Benefits Kon

gse_multipart557361Last night, Giant Step’s weekly party with DJ Spinna at Santos, Journey, was more than just a fantastic party with special guest DJs Rich Medina, Eli Escobar, Cosmo, Scratch and Amir on the decks.  It was a benefit for the great NY DJ and record digger, Kon, whose health has recently been bombarded with blood clots, on top of myriad more serious maladies requiring surgery.

A big thank you to everyone who came through to help Kon out.  Together, we raised $3,500 for him.  If you would like to make a separate donation, please paypal money to DJMSTHANG@GMAIL.COM.

From all of us at Giant Step: keep fighting Kon!

Finally, here are a few of Kon’s mixes for you to enjoy:

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KON’SDISCOBOOGIEMIX
KON&AMIR*THE*DO*OVER

Giant Step Presents SVEDKA Sessions #3: An Evening With Diane Birch

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Giant Step presents the third installment of SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: an evening with singer/songwriter Diane Birch and special guest DJ Anané Vega for a not-to-be-missed showcase at Hudson Bar at Hudson.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions, a concert series brought to you by Giant Step and SVEDKA, brings you the very best bands and emerging artists. The series has already featured Wale with DJ Mark Ronson at Private Park at Hudson Hotel in New York, as well as Peter Bjorn And John and DJ Jason Bentley at Skybar at Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

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