Afrika Bambaataa (DJ SET) w/ Cosmo Baker at LPR
Saturday, January 4
(Le) Poisson Rouge, New York NY
We're kicking off 2014 in style with a very special show at Le Poisson Rouge. We are proud to present none other than, Afrika Bambaataa, the godfather of Electro Funk. Also, joining the show is long time Giant Step friend and DJ, Cosmo Baker. Once these two masters of funk, disco and hip-hop get together there's no telling what deep cuts you're going to hear. This show is going to be one for the memory banks, so mark the date on your calendar as we keep the party rolling right into the new year!
Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three main originators of break-beat deejaying, and is respectfully known as the “Grandfather” and “Godfather” of Hip Hop Culture. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and hip-hop culture throughout the world. He has consistently made records nationally and internationally, every one to two years, spanning the 1980?s into the next Millennium 2000.
Due to his early use of drum machines and computer sounds, Bam (as he is affectionately known) was instrumental in changing the way R&B and other forms of Black music were recorded. His creation of Electro Funk, beginning with his piece “Planet Rock,” helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, Miami Bass,Electronica, House, Hip House, and early Techno.
Quite simply, Cosmo Baker is New York’s best and most exciting party-rocking DJ. he is a master of hip-hop, a king of disco & funk, a don of electronic dance music, and his unique style and skill is able to bring it all together to rock crowds of thousands around the globe.
A Philadelphia native, from a city with one of the richest DJ histories, Cosmo cut his chops alongside contemporaries such as ?uestlove and Rich Medina, and when he relocated to Brooklyn in the early ’00s he helped found the internationally known DJ / remix collective The Rub. During the past 10 years Cosmo has played the four corners of the globe and has released countless mix tapes, remixes, and records.
Now as a solo performer Cosmo is bringing his show to larger audiences around the globe. His knowledge of music is only matched with his uncanny ability to move the crowd. Cosmo is a rare breed of DJ that bridges the gap between the legendary DJs of yesterday and the superstar DJs of today. Cosmo is the missing link between DJ Jazzy Jeff and Diplo. Cosmo is the DJ you want to see, and experience, even if you didn’t know it. Cosmo truly is The DJ of DJs.