Ghetto Brothers Reissue ‘Power Fuerza’ on November 20

 

With the demise of the 1960s gang scene in NYC came an unlikely fruit. A few South Bronx gang members (Benjy, Robert and Victor) rooted in the Melendez family unit grew to form a musical group known as the Ghetto Brothers. While the crew had been immersed in the violent and criminal parts of gang life, Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez social consciousness and focus towards Puerto Rican nationalism in time moved his people more and more towards positive community building. Journalist Jeff “Chairman” Mao elaborates:

“By mid-1971, Benjy’s social conscience and interest in Puerto Rican nationalism dovetailed with the rise of young urban activist groups like the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Catching the revolutionary spirit in the air, the Ghetto Brothers eradicated junkies and pushers from their neighborhood, cleaned parks and garbage-strewn empty lots, and participated in clothing drives and breakfast programs.”

We tickle your fancy a bit? Well, as it turns out, the Ghetto Brothers will be reissuing their rare and truly unique 1972 Latin Rock album Power Fuerza as a deluxe edition, including “remastered audio and extensive 80-page liner notes booklet, with rarely-seen photos and visual artifacts from gang members, plus interviews with group and cultural historians.” You know that liner booklet is going to have some gems.

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Contest: Win Tickets to October Red Bull Music Academy Events in NYC (with Grace Jones, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Four Tet, Taylor McFerrin, The Gaslamp Killer, & more)

 

We have the privilege of giving away tickets to four amazing Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) events coming up in NYC this October.

Starting next week, the first event on October 10 will celebrate The Gaslamp Killer’s debut album Breakthrough, and will feature a slew of other Brainfeeder artists and friends, including Dorian Concept, Martyn, Jeremiah Jae, and Taylor McFerrin.

On October 11, electronic producer extraordinaire SBTRKT will be holding it down with staple vocalist Sampha. This bill will also feature Kilo Kish, Dr. Nick Hook, and Koreless as supporting acts.

October 26 is going to be another smashing night with Four Tet, B2B, Jamie XX, and Floating Points holding it down. Definitely going to be a nice little collision of sounds.

And finally, on October 27, the glamourous miss Grace Jones herself will be blessing the city with a sure to be inspirational show.

Details for the other shows can be found after the jump.

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