Afro FunkÃ© Hosts Presents DJ Pelau (Trinidad) + Balkan Beat Box Release Party
Thursday, May 28
Zanzibar, Santa Monica CA
Balkan Beat Box is set to release their first remix album, Nu Made (Remixes), a dynamic take on BBB's wildly successful catalogue. Continuing their quest for a boundary-smashing party, Balkan Beat Box shakes up their intoxicating mix of Gypsy, Jewish, Arabic, and Mediterranean rhythms with a remix album for the dancefloor. Nu Made takes BBB's "syncopated pulse, intoxicating melodies and Semitic harmonies...lifted from ancient traditions" (Washington Post) and fearlessly rearranges them into irresistibly danceable cuts. Nu Made (Remixes) includes remixes of BBB favorites like "Hermetico," "Habibi Min Zaman" and "Digital Monkey." The album features remixes by Turntables on the Hudson founder Nickodemus, Dub Gabriel, JDub labelmates Soulico, the iMeem/Ableton Live BBB remix contest winners and Balkan Beat Box themselves.
The weekly club Afro Funké is the brainchild of African Afro Roots Reggae star, Rocky Dawuni, who realized LA's need for a night dedicated to African music, culture and art and it's far reaching legacy around the world. Dawuni, who's based in LA and his native Ghana, together with producer and photographer Cary Sullivan created Afro Funké, bringing on board resident DJ and partner Jeremy Sole's Musaics. Each week Afro Funké presents guest DJs, live performances, dancers, record release parties, fundraisers, art installations, crafts and more while Sole spins his unique Musaics, or sound collage-blends of hip hop, jazz/funk, dub reggae, afro beat, and remixed world beats; pieced together with tribal breaks, and uplifted by dubbed-out turntable manipulation and live instrumentation.