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TBW Movies For Lovers of Movement & Sound – “VENGO” (Spain)

Vengo is simply one of the dopest movies ever!  Tony Gatlif brilliantly directed a perfect movie.

Imagine Romeo & Juliet mixed with Scarface, but instead of Montagues and Capulets you have a family of rivaling Gangster Gypsies in Spain.  Not only that, their crew has dancers, singers, and the dopest musicians ever.

After seeing this movie in 2004, Flamenco music and dance became an energy that has stayed with me till this day.

Off the jump, the movie begins with my favorite song in the movie.

Every song is my favorite and have is own special flavor. You not only feel the culture in every scene, but become immersed in a time and place that is no longer your own in less than 5 minutes.

The contrasting backdrops and long shots, the colors, the sound again.

Just watch it.

Oh and there are no sub-titles, but fear not.  You feel like you speak the language and understand everything within the first 5 minutes.

Time to watch, quite surprised the whole movie is on youtube… amazing.

Enjoy!

That was pretty dope right?

Check how the energy of the music inspired this mix, circa 07′.

TBW Test To See If You Have Rhythm – Malinke/Mandinka Edition

Your goal is to keep the beat without being distracted and adjusting to it.  These are the sounds of the Malinke Tribe.

  1. Play the above video and follow for till the end.
  2. A nod of the head, a tap of the foot, a clap of the hand either is suffice.  
  3. Now try to create your own rhythm in between the rhythm of the people.  Bonus points if you create a vocal sound in between the rhythm. 
  4. Continue on till the end with an open mind.  

Complete, think about your ability to maintain a constant tempo and try again another day.

Dancers can add sound and movement to the rhythm of the video.  The result over time will be an evolved sense and connection to rhythm.

The more styles of music you embrace, the more you are able to interact with deeper levels of sonics and it’s energy.

A valuable tool for dancers, artist, musicians and really any creative.

Sidenote:  Last night, I hit my father up and asked about the word.  He said Foli in Mandingo is to gossip.  The poster of the video mentions a story about rhythm.  I’ll have to send him the video to translate for me.  It’s something about finding out for myself and not just trusting the stories of others.

However, the energy of the video speaks for itself, no translation needed.  The company did a dope job with the visuals and sound.

The connection is close as my father is full blood Mandinka.

Wiki Defines Mandinka people as an African ethnic group with an estimated global population of 11 million. The Mandinka are the descendants of the Mali Empire, which rose to power in the 13th century under the rule of the Malinké/Maninka King Sundiata Keita.

…and that’s #thebrooklynword.

 

This Man Has The Bronx Covered in Clean or Dirty Music C.O.D

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Cover (Head of C.O.D) to the Bronx to check out Clean or Dirty Music’s C.O.D studio.  It was the end of the night after Ski Beatz’s live listening session of Switched On Bap and all were showing nothing but love.

 

It’s been a minute since I been to the Boogie Down and I forgot how much of a journey it was.  The trip was well worth it as the artist met, were all unique with varied talents.  The generation gap of sound spanned 90’s to the current trap vibes.

Here Cover tells us about his journey which began with an eventful meeting of Ski, and then developed it’s own life, which pushed the Bronx culture in not only music, but art and film.

Some pretty dope shit.  The brother Cover has stories for days, all valuable lessons for navigating the music industry.

I mean, meeting Ski, Camp Lo, Dame, Jay Z and the early Rocafella crew off the jump is one dope ass thing.  What’s even more amazing, is that each energy present that day would shift the their surrounding culture in different ways.

That’s priceless, salute to all involved.

Cover touched on art only a bit.  At another time, I really want to hear more about C.O.D and its graffiti movement.

That strikes a chord because my older brother was the original SKAM of the KWK crew in Brooklyn.   So that stuff has always been dope visually.

Hopefully we can make that happen and share that with you in the future.

Another thing that isn’t really seen in the videos, is the respect that he gets from his team and artist.  They were like a family unit moving as one creatively.  The younger artist gave nothing but praise and admiration for the label head’s assistance in developing their sound and brand.

That was dope and definitely a Bronx/Uptown thing.

Every city has their quirks and all, but NYC is a funny city when it comes to working together and pushing their own.

Out of all the boroughs, most would agree Brooklyn is the worse at supporting it’s own entertainers compared to other boroughs like Strong Island, the Boogie Down, Uptown and Downtown.

Queens comes after Brooklyn.  It’s all love, but they shady like us, Bk that is.

Strength comes in numbers, and the day we all realize that, is the day we conquer.

Good shit, C.O.D

C.O.D Artist

Broc was the cool no nonsense brother that was about his business.  Sounds like Harlem right, yup.

We had a lengthy discussion that ate up most of my memory card, but worth it.  He shared his early times with Bad Boy and how important it is to be aware of contracts with labels.

His journey was deep, followed by the coolest flow stacked with entendres.

This is my type of flow.

Insightful thought out bars that’s straight street.  I wanted to hear more without the beat in the back tho.

Outside the lyrics, his energy had it’s own story that made him even more interesting.

Will add that later, when time to edit…

 

Next is Provalone P.  He reminds me of Rocky from Bugs Bunny.

Dead ass!

In place of Rocky’s big white fedora is a fitted and in place of a cigar is blunt.  Then you add the voice and boom…

His words come off mad slick, the grime of it is so New York.  Plus he’s a story teller that brings you in.

Peep the quick off the top freestyles that dropped effortlessly throughout our conversation.

I like to catch heads off guard to see how they react and I watch.

Though short, he went off the top easy.  Which means he’s a product of the old New York.  Makes sense that he’d work with Torch and Gunplay (MMG).

P also talked a bit about the happenings in todays music and his latest project Black Whodini dropping in July.

Here is a lil something to get you through till then…

This is what New York sounds like.  No mumbling…

 

Next up is the millennial Dot Dollaz.

This young Brother is developing around a solid team that will guide him through the art of being an emcee.  He was eager and cool, with a quicker pace flow.

In time, I see it developing into a slightly slower, controlled dagger.  Right now he is still sharpening that dagger.  But I could tell there was more so I vetted him out and found these joints which give a listener a better idea of where he is lyrically…

This is what I’m talking about.  This slightly slower pace gives the lyrics more and personality of his flow a brighter shine.  Nothing wrong with the faster pace, it’s just that you have to control that pace with 100% energy or else it could come off different than intended.

This is the energy and control I wanted in the interview Dollaz, damn fam.  You hit multiple levels here.  Took it past monotone, raised the voice pitch and other lyrical personalities started coming out.

That every time.  Every time meaning the commitment to the words and power of the song.  Keep an eye out for Dollaz, he got heat.

 

Next was Aharri.

They represented the sound of today and all the mannerisms of it.  I gotta laugh because they had the most energy and personality.  They were the first I interviewed (coming later when time to edit) and the only duo there that night.

The chemistry between them makes sense when their together.  Chevy Le Flair is confident with his lyrical flow and understand it’s character.  Rowdy is the Busta Rhymes of the pair, with mad energy.   When he comes out it like ‘Oh Shit’, it’s time to turn up.

Crazy that I said turn up, my 90’s frame of mind slipped, normally I would have said wilding out smh.  I guess that’s some old 90’s head shit, aight, whatever.

Check em out here…

Totally off topic, that mic shadow is killing me lol.  Damn overhead light… aight back on topic.

See what I’m sayin, they work perfectly together.  We talked music, influences and the music game.  Was good to hear their foundation was rooted in oldschool hip hop.

Lets check out some other sounds that they had going on, oh and visuals…

Ok, some smooth shit by Le Flare.

This is a dope video for an indie artist to do for dolo.  It’s telling a story, it’s clear and has texture to it with the coney island backdrop.  I’m looking at this from the perspective of seeing an artist that can execute an idea without relying on some expensive team.

Dope job with the video..  Whats next.

Damn I feel a ways about liking this video and track but it’s too late.  Their infectious when it’s playing over and over while I write this.

Hey, I’m an parent now and certain messages don’t work well for my personal ear.  But I’m not basing my review on that, it’s off the artist as a growing artist and with that I salute them.

That’s not the only thing, I wanted to show that they have a their own fan base that supports them and the love of the track looks legit from the people.

These dudes are making the right moves and with cover watching their backs, they’re bound to be a name that represents the Bronx streets.

and thats #theBrooklynWord.

 

BROOKLYN LET’S MOVE – free SUMMER PARK JAM + Live Painting + Live Dance Music + Dope Dj’s Cary Grant + SnowBklyn + Mr Kuyateh + FREE AFTER PARTY IN BEDSTUY

This Saturday August 20, 2016… Dj’s SnowBklyn, Cary Grant & Mr. Kuyateh are coming together on behalf of Brooklyn Let’s Move to bring you a global soundscape of sonic sounds.

We are calling all dancers (bboys, bgirls, house dancers, african dancers, breakers, reggae dancers, modern)…. to get it in.

Music includes Afrobeat, Afro House, Latin, World, Eclectic, Funk, Soulful House, Deep House, RnB Flips, Hip Hop, Jazz, Breakbeats, Rare exclusive cuts, on the spot remixes and more with creative trio.

Live Painting will be done by Brooklyn Artist KITO

The free AFTER PARTY will be at 622 Marcy Ave, BKLYN from 11pm – till @ Cary’s Grants beautiful Bedstuy home. Come through peacefully and with good vibes.

The park is located across the street from the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art on Washington and Eastern Parkway.

Powered by The Brooklyn Word, SnowBklyn & All True Men Org

Flier Artwork by Mr Kuyateh

Archived Promo Vids ft. Dj’s Premiere, Just Blaze, Natasha Diggs/DProsper and Young Paris Filmed/Edited by Mr. Kuyateh

 

Dj Premiere  was scheduled to spin at Soul In The Horn (Fridays Night Hottest NYC Party). I wanted to do something special but I didn’t have any prior film since I never shot Premiere.

I don’t like bothering folks, not my M.O., so I didn’t discuss a direction with DProsper and just wen off on my own creatively.

I found a video that paid proper respect to Gang Starr, chopped it up in Final Cut, found some audio of Preem (fixed it in Logic Pro), brought it over to Final Cut, and chopped/merged as necessary to the beat adding subtle effects…

Just Blaze rocked the Soul In The Horn party this particular night.  It was especially dope because he kinda stopped the party vibe to shout out the dope ass Polo Intarsian Eagle sweater I had on.  It was new and not many had it especially going for almost $500 at the time I got.  That was a special moment and then he invited me to come through to his Bday Party and we even exchanged Polo gifts.  I gifted him with a 2 Tone Lo-Sport Spellout and pocket Silk Lo Handkerchief, he blessed me with a dope Sportsman button down for the winter…. that was our first meeting, dope right!  There was more, secret shit in the works shhhh!

Regardless, I did something similar to the Premiere video.  Found some video of Charlamagne tha God talking about Blaze, extracted the audio, cleaned it up in Logic Pro, this time I had some stuff I shot of him.

Just came back, and I caught him doing exhibiting turntabilism with a rarely known “scratching at that specific point blend” for a multi-layered on the spot remix.  Seeing many Dj’s come through and filming all of them, I gotta say that I enjoy Just Blaze’s ability to relax and have fun.

Everyone does the damn thing, but he is comfortable, has fun and doesnt play it safe… he’s quite creative and nice on the decks.  It’s fun to watch.   Shout out to my Brother in Lo in the back, catching every bit of the show.

Young Paris was having a jump off at The Brooklyn Museum.  I got the message from DProsper and to come through film for it and the after Party in Williamsburg.  Now I didn’t have video that I shot personally and found one of his vids online which had the right promotion feel.  I chopped it up, added some text about his upcoming performances and after party and boom…. i like this, because I started getting better with keeping things cleans visually.

Thats it for now… i have so much video and dope material to show.  It just takes a long time to edit and upload that stuff.  People have no idea of the time and effort even for quick promo’s.  If you have someone that does a good job and it’s affordable, keep em… As the work that we put in is often under appreciated.  Support your local creatives and respect them by paying them…. simple!

Besides… my rates are going up, things have changed. – Mr. Kuyateh