Throwback Thursday: ‘Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool’ Documentary on AIDS & Communities of Color (1994)

 

The Red Hot organization has been a long time pioneer in “fighting AIDs through popular culture” as they put it. They’ve brought together artists from far and wide underneath the same banner and it’s overwhelmingly beautiful every time.

1994′s Red Hot + Cool, which explored the intersection between classic jazz and contemporary hip-hop, was no exception as it earned Time Magazine‘s Album of the Year honor. Take a trip back with us and watch Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, their documentary film which brought light to the impact of AIDS on communities of color. The doc also includes a cameo of Guru and Donald Byrd performing at a Giant Step produced event in collaboration with Red Hot at Supper Club – what a night! It originally aired on PBS along with the album release.

View the flyer for the historic Giant Step party slash Red Hot taping after the jump!

Throwback Thursday: Digable Planets @ Supper Club – Nov 10, 1993

 

For Throwback Thursday this week, Maurice recounts our first Digable Planets show! Get the scoop below.

I first found out about Digable Planets around 1992. I received a call from Dennis Wheeler, President of Pendulum Records, which was an imprint on Elektra. He knew what we were doing at Giant Step and told me he wanted to send over some demos of a new band they’d signed to hear our response. So, they sent me the demos and I thought it was very Tribe-esque [see: A Tribe Called Quest]. I ended up meeting with the band and the label to explore how Giant Step could help Digable Planets, and this actually became a very early marketing project for us without really realizing it.

Digable Planets finished “Cool Like That” and brought the test press of the track to the Giant Step club, which was then in the basement at Metropolis Café. We tested the song out on the Giant Step crowd – first time that record was ever played in public – and it went down brilliantly; people went crazy. Inspired by the response from the crowd that night, the guys went home and they made The Crashing Giant Step Mix, which was on the original 12” of “Cool Like That.”

Read more after the jump

New Track: Fela Kuti – “Lady” (Remade by Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru) + Behind the Scenes Video

 

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This might be the longest post title ever, but well worth it. Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru came together for a powerful collaboration on a remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady.” The result = yikes! In the best way possible. You must listen to the stream below.

Above, view a behind the scenes on the making of the track as well as interviews with the artists involved. This song is more than just any other woman loving song – it’s about the power of a woman in any form, of any creed and background.

The track will be part of a new Fela Kuti compilation by by the Red Hot and (RED) organizations called Red Hot + Fela.

Purchase “Lady” on iTunes

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