Sunday, June 6, 2010

Turntable Tuesdays: Drums + Wheels

Alafia Gaidi of D.R.U.M.

DJ Kool Emdee

If you like the sounds of Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Bongo Maffin, DJ Cleo, Celia Cruz, Marvin Gaye, Sean Paul, Faye Ann Lyons, Atlantik (get the picture?), then join us on Tuesdays at Rudyard's (Rudz for short) for Turntable Tuesdays: Drums + Wheels featuring DJ Kool Emdee and Baba Alafia Gaidi of D.R.U.M. (Divine Rhythm United Motion) on LIVE African percussion. Both being veterans in music, Alafia and Emdee have a combined total of over 70 years experience in passing on to others the rich history, culture, and sprituality that good music has to offer. Music is a tool that touches, can teach, and feeds the soul.

Special thanks to Toni Fisher, founder of Sisterhood Creations Inc. for teaching me about Kwaito music of South Africa. Kwaito is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg, South Africa during the late 1990s. It is a local evolution of house music combined with African sounds typically at a slower tempo. DJ Diplo described Kwaito as “slowed-down garage music”.

If you're a drummer/percussionist, we invite you to come out and play along. We will also take the time to feature a drum circle so everyone can dance along.

Sample of Kawito music of S. Africa

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