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

DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTER…

 

One night, my daughter and I were chilling.  When the perfect idea came up!

Let’s have a “Just Dance Challenge”.  Now I’m not gonna front, i’m an old man in the dancing game.  I just don’t move like I used to, it is what it is, regardless this little challenge was actually inspiring.

It was pretty dope to see my daughter naturally pick up the love for dance.  Now as a parents, we hint and make it extremely accessible to her (since she was born), yet allowed her to explore it on her own.  I’m proud to say that she loves to dance and is self motivated.

I already knew it would happen, when was the answer that I didn’t know.  Now that I see her little body absorbing movement like a sponge, I will dance more around her and teach her my philosophical beliefs on movement.

I want her to understand the limitless possibilities of expression with the body.  How to push past her boundaries and develop a sense of self with her movements.  This is gonna be fun and something that I’ve always dreamed of.  I didn’t have a son to teach it to, but she’s more than enough and way tougher.  She’s perfect and will know the secret art of The Kuyateh dance!

So FYI, i’m seeing these dances for the first time and they show up mad quick.  No excuses either way, she beat me.

A NIGHT AT SOUL IN THE HORN W/ dj NATASHA DIGGS + dj SPINNA + dj TAILWIND TURNER


I been waiting for this type of night and knew that it was going to go down.

I catch the late night liquor store on Kingston and Dean in the Heights for some vodka, then grab juice at the corner store off Fulton before heading to the C train.  Yes I’m trying to get my head right ahead of time so no time is wasted upon at arriving at Subrosa.

The subway situation is funny, lol.  There a dude smoking a Black (black n mild) on the train and I’m thinking why is this dude smoking on the train.  Like that’s the dumbest shxt in the world to do and has no value at all and lacks respects for passengers or children on the train, I think while smh…

Not gonna lie though, I wish I could have smoked my shxt on the train but my situation would have been louder than his regular Black.  Then another random dude walks over commenting on his black and how he should light his shxt up and they become best train buds or something immediately talking about everything from their neighborhood to debating about hiphop top 5’s, Dipset era, old school emcees and some other shit .  One dude is from the Bronx, he was reppin Big Pun pretty hard, the other from Brooklyn was all Biggie/Jay.

I’d come to find out later while writing this post, that the newly formed best train buds entire experience was almost a metaphor for my evening.  Random souls + coming together + special black (a freaked black)  + profound love of hiphop/music culture.

I got to the spot around 1am or so.  Tailwind Turner (actor Dorian Missick) was on the decks and his ass was amped.  Shit, it was his Birthday and the crowd was looking oh so right.

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My man was suited up (it had a nice little tailored fit I might add) and going in on a Michael Jackson track.  I can’t remember what, though… track details are always a blur, but I walked over to my usual spot near the dj booth to set up.

There’s a tap and I hear my name… “Gibril”, yo, it’s my homegirl Genia from DC.  We used to dance on Planet Groove for a few seasons (90’s BET music/dance show, Rachel was so freaking sexy *link below*).  So

(me with the Dreads dancing at the end, that split is mad laughable now, regardless, dance game always been on 100… big up all to the PG dancers and artist that came through)

Enough of the flashback…

Now I’m a bit more amped, got my homie in the house and Tailwind is rocking house.  Wait, he’s not just playing house, he’s going deep with it, rocking the classics and soulful soulful.

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I remember his set from before, he went from rare funk classics to house classics and it impressed me.

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With Spinna in the house, he was bound to go harder and I was right.  I’m surprised I never heard of him before hand, I guess he wasn’t spinning during my tenure with the Libation/Afro Mosaic Soul crew because I knew everybody.   Either way, his musical spirit is heavily appreciated.  Oh yea, he was rocking Serato.

Next was the switch up, I like this part.  It’s the in between stage where the next Dj sets up.  To the crowd the transition is relatively unnoticeable as they just want to hear the music.  To me, it’s the cleansing of the the musical ground.  It’s when the Dj is flipping through his/her bag-o-goodies, thinking “yea, i’m gonna rock this, let me take this out, i’m not sure about this but maybe…”.

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In this particular case, Dj Spinna is flipping through 45’s with that expression of experience.  He’s comfortable doing what he does, he’s one of Brooklyn’s most successful working Dj/Producers.  I’ve witnessed on many levels his ability to move a crowd with versatile sets as well as genre or artist specific sets.

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What was to come, was pure magic… but not before the live music act.

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DapperAfrika performed two tracks with bass player and a singer joining in on the 2nd song.

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There were a few technical sound leveling issues, which stalled the energy a bit, but by the 2nd song he had some momentum going.

When I see this type of thing occurring, I realize the importance of having a solid rehearsed routine ready.  Any setups, tech stuff should be worked out in advance or else it takes away from the performance unless everyone is at that level where the spur of the moment is their thing.  Either way, he had an interesting stage presence and has potential as an artist.  His soulful voice is confident and cool.

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For the 2nd song, a female emcee joined him (don’t know her name yet) but she balanced the energy out.  I liked her voice, she reminded of a grittier Lauren.  Not grittier, gruffer.  That sounds weird, but her voice is heavier in delivery.

After the set Dj Spinna rocked, and when I say rocked it I mean he played a flawless all 45’s vinyl set.

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Think about that for a minute, a perfect set.

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What’s entailed in a perfect set?  This is all my opinion as a tastemaker of sound, your opinion is your own.  Let’s go…

7 Qualities of a Dope Dj Set by Gibril Kuyateh

  1. Dope ass tracks/records – not only do they have to be hitting, but they have to work with the party demographic (this is pretty much a given).  Some make the mistake of starting off slow with sub par tracks to warm up the crowd.  Thats cool in all, but honestly its best to come in with a bang.  With all the music in the world, there is no reason to cheat the ears of listeners.  So bring out the best…
  2. A story of sound, a journey – the ability to transport the dance floor to a place of your choice as a Dj.  I personally want it to feel like i’m stepping out of one world and into another.
  3. Crowd control – how are you controlling the crowd?  Are they tapped into your every beat or are you trying to tap into their’s?
  4. Seamless Transitions – one should be aware of the capabilities and limitations.  Trying to do to much and transitioning sloppily is cool for house parties and all that, but there are to many people around that really understand music on a deep level.  They see the flaws and make mental notes as necessary.  While that may not be a concern, understand it’s happening.  Performing at your best comfortably should not happen on that night but weeks before.  Rocking a dope party wit an incredible set opens up new doors period, even if that door is respect of your peers.
  5. Creativity – how creative are you during your set?  Nothing wrong wit playing tracks transitioning perfectly and going on to the next track.  But it not that it gets boring, it just not as memorable as hearing a cut your familiar with and adding a little flavor to it.  Either subtly or some in the moment remix/scratching.  Something to take your mind off the normal flow of the song, waking you up out of your programmed flow to be like “damn, i didn’t expect that” or “yo, they switched it up”.
  6. Attention to Detail – House/Dance Dj’s are very good at the subtleties (light details) as it’s expected to alter the sound using filters, pans, echoes, fade outs and all the bell’s and whistles.  While HipHop and most other genres more so showcase skill with scratching/blends, not really fuxking with ya mids/highs/lows in comparison.  The ultimate Dj does it all confidently, seamlessly and without falter.
  7. Comfort level on the decks – are you all into the computer vs looking at the crowd?  Is it taking mad long to get that next track on?  Is the look on ya face the look of worry/uncertainty or just another day, i can do this in my sleep.  Are you moving and dancing or really getting into your mixing?  Are you picking up the mic and talking…

Each one of these are mad important when evolving into a dope Dj.

Dj Spinna is a dope ass selector on the decks.  He slowly carried the crowd’s energy with the standard Soul In The Horn tradition.   60% set with Horns (dope shxt though, no cheesy/commercial set) the rest, whatever the Dj wants but best if Horn accents are intertwined.

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You had rare grooves, funk, soul, hip hop sample originals sprinkled with classic hip hop.  All 45’s I might add, not a needle skip for the entire night.  The sounds were knocking as the quality from 45’s are much more intense than cd or digital files.  Everyone is happy, dancing and feeling oh so good. BKM_6042 copy

I posted up near the wall of the near the Dj booth as he was getting creative with Aretha Franklin’s “RockSteady” 45’s on both decks.  Watching him bring back the track and mixing the break is just art.  The pace and heat in the building continued to rise as Brooklyn’s Beloved Dj caught wreck without breaking a sweat.

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Now is the time when DProsper (curator of Soul In The Horn/entertainment industry heavyweight) announces last call, you could feel the sighs in the room.

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Damn, it’s that time already?

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Regardless, the party kept going as Natasha Diggs (resident Dj) transitions in for the remainder.

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I know she was spinning earlier, but I got there later and missed that set.  She didn’t miss a beat though and rocked her party as she typically does.

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The good thing about Natasha is she is versatile.

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Being a female Dj is easy and tough.

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Opportunities arise easier with attractive looks/qualities, but when your around that dominant Pro dj energy, you can’t come with wackness.  Abilities develop quicker and the intuitiveness of those that are around you sink in at a quicker pace.  Natasha Diggs has been around many of the worlds best Dj’s of every genre, so she has a few tricks in her bag.  Tonight she was rocking Serato and not her usual 45’s.

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I heard transitions, fades, dropping the highs and letting the lows rock, filter transitions and what attracted me to her sound.  Plus she was on her square, as the week prior (Soul In The Horn, Just Blaze, bday) it was a little different than usual.  But this night, was the Natasha that I was used to.

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My night was complete at this point, the camera had to be put down and I pretty much got it in for the little bit of time I had left.  It was a great night, plus did a little networking which is always good.

As I’m heading back to Brooklyn in a cab, I’m thinking how lucky I am to have found a new home to enjoy on Friday’s in NYC.  I missed dancing, progressively socializing and being creative around creative people.

Hold the fuxk up… actually I was twisted and falling asleep in the cab trying to act like I was going to sleep like someone was watching me or something… that was an after thought the following day.  Not sure why I was lying like that?  I just in the zone of the story, everything else is Gucci tho…. (remind me to never use Gucci again, must be the mainstream mixtape playing in the back… damn, my mental is slipping.  Where’s my Special Black at)

The curator DProsper is pretty much a man of mystery, but I respect his artistic sense as he’s directly impacted the music industry burgeoning many of the artist that we all love today.  His humbleness is admired, as that trait is a difficult one to maintain in the pool of music industry sharks.

But don’t get it twisted, you have to be a shark to swim with sharks.

Fortunately this shark, is truly about building a dope legacy and carrying on the vibrations of good music, good vibes and extraordinary talent.  Catch you at the next Soul In The Horn!… written by Gibril Kuyateh aka GiKuBKM_6004 copy

ps… videos take work and mad time to say the least, no time to edit the many clips but will  add a least a few clips this week.

 

 

 

 

A NIGHT AT SOUL IN THE HORN W/ NATASHA DIGGS + TALIB KWELI + DJ CENTER

(typed this in one take a let it flow, i’ll edit and clean it up later)

Last week at Soul In The Horn was another banger.  The excitement of getting out Friday night was already bubbling up.  Natasha Diggs always throws it down and I knew she’d get my feet moving.  Dj Center typically comes with eclectic bangers and interesting vibes that will make u go digging, but Talib Kweli on the decks???

I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the sound journey.  The thought was the type of mental puzzle that music types like myself like to indulge in.  Questions like:

  • is he gonna rock any of his new material
  • how is his transitions
  • damn how deep is his collection
  • will I dance, damn I hope I can get it in just a bit

All this helps the time past as I’m flying through the city, music blasting across the Brooklyn Bridge, then up the West Side Highway and over to the Meatpacking District to Subrosa for Soul In The Horn.

The parking Gods were with me, blessing me with a spot right around the corner.  The energy was live as it always is in that area with the surrounding clubs/shops/eatery.

I take a break before going in to set up camera settings get my head right, taking outdoor night shots here and there.  Up walks Bilal and crew.  I love the energy these days as this is pretty normal.  Regardless, i’m fan of the artistry of music and internally the soul brother’s contribution.  We briefly vibe before I snap a shot, *click* (sure camera’s don’t make click sounds anymore but fuxk it).

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Fast forward… I get there just in time for the performances (typical Gemini shit). A woman I now know to be Lena Carr performs a few tracks.  I’m not familiar with her name so she must be beginning he traction.

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Lena caught my immediate attention cause she’s cute, a plus for a female vocal performer, the focus came back quickly though.  I was shooting vids/flicks and wanted to visually represent this artist as beautiful as I see her.  The music was cool, chill radio r&b soul vibe that the ladies would rock to and feel all femininely connected to and shxt.

It will be interesting to see how she develops, there’s more searching going on there and when she finds it Lena Carr will be reborn.

Although I’m in the front, I like taking shot in the cut and catching the subtle touches.  Not using my flash is limiting, but necessary to maintain the peacefulness and naturalness of a shot to me.  It’s unintentional and innocent… “I want to capture her innocence”, i’m thinking.

Next up to the stage was Grammy nominate Sly 5th Ave on Sax (multi instrumentalist Prince, Taylor Swift, Quantic) and DJ Center ( Push The Fader | GiantStep) for a live set.  I guess it was impromptu by the flow but could have been prepared.

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Center’s eclectic gems from Latin lands warmed the crowd as Sly5thAve played with the rhythm.  I wanted more from Sly5thAve as his playing was dope during the moments where he rocked out.

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Things turned up once Maurice “MoBetta” Brown hopped on stage trumpet in hand.

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The added impromptu energy reminded me of the beauty of this party.  You never know what’s about to jump off.  But when it does it’s magical and for that moment the best thing in the world.  I’m watching music magic happen before my eyes, I choose to be inspired!

Fast forward and DProsper (host/curator) introduces Talib Kweli.

 

Soul In The Horn Natasha & DProsper + Talib Kweli + Dj Center + Sly 5th Ave + Lena Carr + MoBetta

This is the part that I enjoy.  That set up, the DJ entering the area, headphone check, computer connection, cd’s organized (or not), vinyl crates ready, crowd overview, the nervousness or confidence… yea, that’s that shxt.

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It the thought is a flash, yet remains completely aware of the present.  I honestly can’t remember many of the tracks that played, because he took me on a dope sound journey.  I recall the transitions which were smooth, the follow up tracks on point and relevant to the crowd, his dexterity with scratching tracks in and overall energy.  The longer he rocked, the more comfortable he became and then shit just got ill…

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There was this Busta track that stands out, what the fuxk was that Talib???

I know a lot about music and obscure shit, but I make no claims to be a Questlove type of encyclopedic mind.  I actually don’t know much about music after 2000 lol, it’s like my mind shut down and said nothing else matters.

Ok, it’s not like that’s true mad dope shxt but i’m going off course (typical Gemini shxt).

All that was to say, maybe it’s a Busta track that I never heard but I really think it was some new shxt.  I saw Busta playing some new material for his holiday drop.  That joint though Talib…. was FIRE!

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In between all that, my feet was moving through the crowd getting it in here and there.  Ladies was looking fine as they do every week, sexy movements here, smiles there, it all enhanced the Talib’s presence… good look Brooklyn.

So yea, I enjoyed Talib on the decks.  I’m mad opinionated because my understanding of the decks come from dance/house dj’s.  In that area, sound and aesthetics are very particular.  A lot of controlling and manipulating is always going on.  Every little detail is important if it’s heard for the partygoers experience.

Natasha Diggs closed out the night as she does, with instant foot movers and head nodders.  Her sexy and warm soulful sound is very comfortable for the crowd.  She knows how to control the vibe well and adjust with the dips to bring it to her level of satisfaction.  I’ve seen first her take a crowd that died and made that shxt some old Studio 54 type party, dead ass.

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Back to the subject… I know how Natasha get’s down and I’m ready to dance for real.  No camera holding or nothing.

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I see the dancers getting it in near the front, the vibe is lovely, i’m going to just run to the car and grab something, get my head right and come back.

My ass bounce from Subrosa and I can’t find the car (the alcohol was kicking in, i was supposed to be dancing it off, i don’t get stupid drunk in public ever, just internally mind fucked, no one knows tho).

I thought I parked a block away but now I walked a good 8 or 9 short blocks.  Oh shxt, wait a minute!  My bag had a hole in it I think, what if I the key fell out somewhere.  Damn, i’m not gonna find it…

Wait a minute, I don’t think I locked the door.  Is it possible somebody stole the car or wait, that space I was in was maaad shaky.  Even though I asked the cop if I was good and he said yea, what if I wasn’t, that muthafuxker set me up and had me towed…..

All these thoughts are in my head as I’m walking.  I said fuck it, started heading back to the Subrosa and I’m a block away and over to the right is the car… damn, that was a twisted “gotta have my pops moment”.

Fast forward and I’m back in the spot and ready to make my presence known on the dance floor.  Taking the jacket off, I hear Natasha say… “We’d like to thank you all for coming out….” lol.

My heart dropped, buzz fully intact and feet ready to move… goodbye dance hard on, time to go home.  There’s always next week or the week after, think I’ll relax this weekend with my baby girl and recharge.

Fast forward… yes I made it home safely (sorta fell asleep at a bus stop but I was parked and near home).

And that’s The Brooklyn Word… unfiltered realness!

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