Giant Step & DJ Spinna Present Journey: A Benefit For Kon, Sept. 10

This Thursday, Giant Step & DJ Spinna present Journey: A Benefit For Kon.

DJ, producer, record fiend and 1/2 of the widely acclaimed duo Kon & Amir, Kon has recently fallen ill.  While his condition is dire, we’re hopeful that in time he’ll make a full recovery.

This special edition of Journey has DJ’s Spinna, Rich Medina, Eli Escobar, Cosmo, Scratch and Amir all coming through to support Kon.

$10 suggested donation.  100% of the proceeds go to Kon.

Santos Party House
100 Lafayette St.
New York, NY

10 PM – 4 AM

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Knitting Factory Records Celebrates Fela Kuti with Deluxe Reissues

picture-21The forthcoming release of The Best of the Black President signifies the rebirth of Knitting Factory Records. Earlier this year, KFR licensed the 45-album Fela Kuti catalogue. Over the next 18 months, they will release remasters of all the Fela CDs in unique digi-packs with the original artwork, as well as certain releases on vinyl for the first time in North America.  KFR will also be giving the first official release to the entire Koola Lobitos catalogue- this was Fela’s highlife band which he fronted through the 60′s.

The Best of the Black President, to be released October 27th, compiles thirteen of the most popular Fela compositions, all fully remastered. It will be released in two forms, one as a deluxe version including a bonus DVD.

In addition to The Knitting Factory Records reissues, the first ever official Fela Kuti website has been launched (Fela.net), and a Broadway musical (Fela!) opens in November at Eugene O’Neil Theatre. Also keep your eyes peeled for Felabration events happening across the country and the world in mid-October, to celebrate the birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Photos From Q-Tip’s “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson”

On Saturday, August 29th – what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday – fans of the King of Pop gathered at New York City’s NOKIA Theatre Times Square for Q-Tip Presents: “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson.”

The crowd danced the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults. Joining Q-Tip onstage to DJ were special guests DJ Spinna and Mark Ronson. At one point, Quincy Jones called in to say a few words to the audience. Other celebrities in attendance included Solange Knowles, Marsha Ambrosius, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Premier and Anthony Anderson.

J. Period and K’NAAN – Part 1 of The Messengers

J.Period & K’NAAN are pleased to present the first installment of The Messengers, a tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan. Episode #1 pays tribute to Fela, Nigeria’s eminent musical activist and arguably the most influential artist to emerge from Africa this century. Fela grew to international fame with his revolutionary, political views and an innovative style of music called “Afrobeat,” a genre he invented, combining soul, funk and African rhythms. Join J.Period & Somali-born MC K’NAAN as they pay tribute to Fela by remixing and reinventing his classic work on part 1 of The Messengers.

Guest MC’s include: Zumbi (Zion I) & Bajah (Dry Eye Crew) from Sierra Leone.

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Michael Jackson Remix Suite 1

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Universal Motown Records has released Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite I, [Buy on iTunes] featuring exclusive remixes by Stargate, The Neptunes, Dallas Austin, Polow Da Don, and Salaam Remi. Suite I is only the first batch of music to be unveiled from the five-part digital suite of remixes paying homage to the legendary entertainer.

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