Is The Narcicyst 'Rap's Khalil Gibran' ?


Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?

Well. I’m not too sure about that as I essentially only got listening to Iraqi/Canadian politically aware MC, Poet & Author “The Narcicyst’ about a week ago.

What I can tell you nonetheless is that I’m seriously impressed by what the man has to offer to Hip Hop; Well-constructed rhymes, political messages and even an odd reference to my favorite Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. He may not be circulating masterworks comparable to ‘The Prophet” as yet, but he is one of the few MC’s dropping Real-world knowledge & consciousness if you ask me. The more I listen to the more it is  evident the man was first and foremost a poet/writer and literature enthusiast way before he picked up a microphone.

It would be great to see what he has to say this Wednesday in his element in a spoken word setting at Tonic this week.

Check out P.H.A.T.W.A ( not sure who put the clip together either but that pretty bloody crafty too)

The Narcicyst – P.H.A.T.W.A

Up coming shows include;

One Mic @ Tonic (Wed 11th May)

“ONE MIC” is Tonic’s First Spoken Word night featuring some of Sydney’s established and emerging performance poets, bringing to life words that are essential to be digested, words that are essential to be heard, words that dispense a sense of light love and laughter, and words that carry responsibility.

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Thanks to Information and Cultural Exchange Program (ICE), we have the amazing opportunity to host a night featuring internationally acclaimed Iraqi/Canadian hip hop lyricist, journalist and academic THE NARCICYST as the headliner for ‘ONE MIC’!

Having just finished the Murs and R.A The Rugged Man Australian Tour, he has made appearances on the influential TEDx conference, opened for high profile acts such as Public Enemy,Talib Kweli, Madlib, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, and Non Phixon to name a few.

His poetry addresses the ideological complexities of power and politics, deconstructing, critiquing, questioning and celebrating humanity in one breath.

+ Local Poets on the night include;

  • MILES MERRILL: Miles Merrill is the creative director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels. He is also a writer, performer, facilitator and event co-ordinater who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and occasionally political confrontation.
  • BRAVO CHILD – Sydney’s most energetic, thoughtful, humourous and witty performance artists, writer and currently a documentarist. Bravo Child is like no other. He is synonymous in the Spoken Word Poetry movement combining performance theatre, song and dance to make you appreciate life just a tiny bit better.
  • FARID FARID – Egyptian/Australian, Farid Farid is STRONG in his delivery and conviction. His days are filled with workshops aiming to improve and inspire the young school kids from the western suburbs through music and laughter.
  • NEW AGE POET – New Age Poet has published a book titled ‘Emotions of A NewAge Poet’ which was written over a 9 year span, and is one of Sydney’s exciting emerging poets.
  • 2EYEC – a poet with a difference, in your face, raw and never silent.
  • CHUX MONTANO – working two jobs and a Rapper by night (Sydney’s emerging poet and hip hop recording artist).

Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?


Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?

Well. I’m not too sure about that as I essentially only got listening to Iraqi/Canadian politically aware MC, Poet & Author “The Narcicyst’ about a week ago.

What I can tell you nonetheless is that I’m seriously impressed by what the man has to offer to Hip Hop; Well-constructed rhymes, political messages and even an odd reference to my favorite Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. He may not be circulating masterworks comparable to ‘The Prophet” as yet, but he is one of the few MC’s dropping Real-world knowledge & consciousness if you ask me. The more I listen to the more it is  evident the man was first and foremost a poet/writer and literature enthusiast way before he picked up a microphone.

It would be great to see what he has to say this Wednesday in his element in a spoken word setting at Tonic this week.

Check out P.H.A.T.W.A ( not sure who put the clip together either but that pretty bloody crafty too)

The Narcicyst – P.H.A.T.W.A

Up coming shows include;

One Mic @ Tonic (Wed 11th May)

“ONE MIC” is Tonic’s First Spoken Word night featuring some of Sydney’s established and emerging performance poets, bringing to life words that are essential to be digested, words that are essential to be heard, words that dispense a sense of light love and laughter, and words that carry responsibility.

Click for more info on Facebook

Thanks to Information and Cultural Exchange Program (ICE), we have the amazing opportunity to host a night featuring internationally acclaimed Iraqi/Canadian hip hop lyricist, journalist and academic THE NARCICYST as the headliner for ‘ONE MIC’!

Having just finished the Murs and R.A The Rugged Man Australian Tour, he has made appearances on the influential TEDx conference, opened for high profile acts such as Public Enemy,Talib Kweli, Madlib, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, and Non Phixon to name a few.

His poetry addresses the ideological complexities of power and politics, deconstructing, critiquing, questioning and celebrating humanity in one breath.

+ Local Poets on the night include;

  • MILES MERRILL: Miles Merrill is the creative director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels. He is also a writer, performer, facilitator and event co-ordinater who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and occasionally political confrontation.
  • BRAVO CHILD – Sydney’s most energetic, thoughtful, humourous and witty performance artists, writer and currently a documentarist. Bravo Child is like no other. He is synonymous in the Spoken Word Poetry movement combining performance theatre, song and dance to make you appreciate life just a tiny bit better.
  • FARID FARID – Egyptian/Australian, Farid Farid is STRONG in his delivery and conviction. His days are filled with workshops aiming to improve and inspire the young school kids from the western suburbs through music and laughter.
  • NEW AGE POET – New Age Poet has published a book titled ‘Emotions of A NewAge Poet’ which was written over a 9 year span, and is one of Sydney’s exciting emerging poets.
  • 2EYEC – a poet with a difference, in your face, raw and never silent.
  • CHUX MONTANO – working two jobs and a Rapper by night (Sydney’s emerging poet and hip hop recording artist).

Track Of The Weekend #4: James Brown – Give It Up Or Turnit Loose Played By Alton Miller (Music Institute Detroit) at Our House Presents Alton Miller, (Sun April 24th)


Hats off to THE  MAN Alton Miller for closing his set last night in Sydney with this classic B-Boy FUNK gem. Played as the closing track at Our House Sydney presents ALTON MILLER (DETROIT, USA) Sunday April 24th.

And big love to Our House Sydney and everyone else who helped put the night on, it was so good to see some real HOUSE music being played in Sydney again.

Also special thanks to Rod all the dancers for creating such a good vibe on the floor.  Get in touch with Rod for all up coming HOUSE dance classes around Sydney at Ace Dance Studio, Crossover studios & Dancekool.

Original Release Info:

Label: King Records

Year: 1969

Good Vibrations Festival Mix Feat. Nas, Damien Marley, Erylah Badu, Faithless, Kelis, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc,The Roots, Fat Freddys Drop,Koolism,Ol' Dirty Bastard,Jazzanova


Just a festival warm up/warm down mixtape featuring some of our favorite artists performing @ Good Vibrations 2011.

Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Tracklist:

  1. ERYKAH BADU & STEPHEN MARLEY – IM IN LOVE WITH  YOU
  2. DAMIEN MARLEY – WELCOME TO JAM ROCK
  3. ALOE BLOCC – MISFORTUNE
  4. ERYKAH BADU – HONEY (DUB REMIX)
  5. NAS – THUGS MANSION
  6. ERYKAH BADU – APPLE TREE
  7. NAS – IF I RULE THE WORLD
  8. DAMIEN MARLEY & BLACK THOUGHT (THE ROOTS) – PARADISE
  9. ALOE BLACC – I NEED A DOLLAR
  10. NAS – SURVIVING THE TIMES
  11. NAS – GET DOWN
  12. ALOE BLACK – HEY THERE BROTHER
  13. FAITHLESS – SOUND CHECK JAM
  14. NAS – MADE YOU LOOK
  15. FAITHLESS – ALI
  16. NAS AND KELIS – HEY NAS
  17. FAT FREDDYS DROP – ROADY (NEXTMEN REMIX)
  18. FAITHLESS – BASEBALL CAP
  19. OLD DIRTY BASTARD + KELIS – I GOT YOUR MONEY
  20. LUDACRIS – AREA CODE
  21. KELIS – TRICK ME
  22. KELIS – 80’S JOINT
  23. FAT FREDDYS DROP – FLASH BACK (JAZZANOVA MIX)
  24. FAT FREDDYS DROP – WANDERING EYE
Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Festival Set Times, Tix & Info Here

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Good Vibrations Festival Mix Feat. Nas, Damien Marley, Erylah Badu, Faithless, Kelis, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc,The Roots, Fat Freddys Drop,Koolism,Ol’ Dirty Bastard,Jazzanova


Just a festival warm up/warm down mixtape featuring some of our favorite artists performing @ Good Vibrations 2011.

Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Tracklist:

  1. ERYKAH BADU & STEPHEN MARLEY – IM IN LOVE WITH  YOU
  2. DAMIEN MARLEY – WELCOME TO JAM ROCK
  3. ALOE BLOCC – MISFORTUNE
  4. ERYKAH BADU – HONEY (DUB REMIX)
  5. NAS – THUGS MANSION
  6. ERYKAH BADU – APPLE TREE
  7. NAS – IF I RULE THE WORLD
  8. DAMIEN MARLEY & BLACK THOUGHT (THE ROOTS) – PARADISE
  9. ALOE BLACC – I NEED A DOLLAR
  10. NAS – SURVIVING THE TIMES
  11. NAS – GET DOWN
  12. ALOE BLACK – HEY THERE BROTHER
  13. FAITHLESS – SOUND CHECK JAM
  14. NAS – MADE YOU LOOK
  15. FAITHLESS – ALI
  16. NAS AND KELIS – HEY NAS
  17. FAT FREDDYS DROP – ROADY (NEXTMEN REMIX)
  18. FAITHLESS – BASEBALL CAP
  19. OLD DIRTY BASTARD + KELIS – I GOT YOUR MONEY
  20. LUDACRIS – AREA CODE
  21. KELIS – TRICK ME
  22. KELIS – 80’S JOINT
  23. FAT FREDDYS DROP – FLASH BACK (JAZZANOVA MIX)
  24. FAT FREDDYS DROP – WANDERING EYE
Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Festival Set Times, Tix & Info Here

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Dam Funk,Gian Arpino, Thur 6th Jan @ Tone + Dam Funk,Flying Lotus,Gaslamp Killer Fri 7th @ The Forum


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Niche Productions present:

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After his sold-out Australian debut in May 2010, The Ambassador of Boogie Funk – DâM-FunK, returns to welcome the New Year with style, playing an intimate show at Tone on Thursday 6 January.

DAM FUNK : Supported by Gian Arpino (GPA Music, Myspace)

Thursday 6th Jan @ TONE

Click Facebook event for more info or Moshtix

Also playing this Fri 7th Jan @ The Forum

Flying Lotus * Hudson Mohawke * DâM-FunK * Gaslamp Killer

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Click for Tix + Info

Flying Lotus * DâM-Funk * Gaslamp Killer * Opiuo

Niche Productions presents four huge characters of modern music on one stage, in one city for one night only: Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, DâM-Funk and Gaslamp Killer, at the Forum, Friday 7 January 2011.

DâM-Funk side show happening on Thursday also.

Niche Productions is proud to present the Australian tour of the ambassador of Boogie-Funk, Dâm-Funk (Stones ThrowLos Angeles, California). Bursting on to the scene in 08-09, Dâm (pronounced ‘Dame’, as in Damon) won over a slew of fans from Disco-Boogie aficionados, the Beat scene, hardcore Hip Hop heads and Hipsters alike with his debut 12″ ‘Burgundy City/Galactic Fun.’

In 2009, he was one of Stones Throw busiest artists, putting out so much material you’d think he was giving Madlib a run for his money, with the ‘Toeachizown‘ album being released digitally in five instalments, all of which teased fans with different elements of his influences. During this time he also managed to put out a few mix CDs, a beat tape as part of Stones Throw’s  ‘Rhythm Trax’ series and turned in remixes for Red, Baron Zen and superstars Animal Collective. At the tail end of 2009, the album was released in 2CD and deluxe 5LP box set editions.

His Monday night Funkmosphere club night is the stuff made of legends. From record-dealer types with obscene collections to a heavily bearded Joaquim Phoenix and beyond, it’s the spot that everyone is trying to get in to. But Dâm’s roots go well back to a time before ‘Disco’ was a cool word.

Cutting his teeth as a session keyboard player for artists of the G-Funk era like Mack 10, MC Eight and Westside Connection, you can easily hear his hip-hop roots in songs like ‘Hood Pass Intact’, and even though he dresses the part, don’t expect Dâm to get all thugged out on us out here on his debut tour. Dâm-Funk promotes love, spirituality, astrology and good vibes with his music and his open and outward personality – if you’ve ever heard him be interviewed or seen live clips online, you will know he is very generous with his time.

Calling his sound ‘Modern Funk’,Dâm-Funk’s live show takes in both his impeccable DJ mixing style as well as a Live-PA style side which includes vocals and keyboards, showcasing both the original material he writes and records, and the records which have inspired him.

Join us for the show everyone will be talking about for the rest of the year.

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Check out the Dam Funk Interview today on Soul Glow radio

DJ Huwston interviews Dam Funk his show Soul Glow on 2ser 107.3

Soul Glow Radio 3pm every Tuesday,

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Mixes & Podcats

#1 Dam Funk, BBC’s Radio: Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental Show, May 1 09

  1. DâM-FunK – ‘Brookside Park’ (Stones Throw)
  2. DâM-FunK – ‘Spacecapades’ (Stones Throw)
  3. DâM-FunK – ‘This Time, Take It Out On the Groove’ (Stones Throw)
  4. DâM-FunK – ‘Flying V Ride’ (Stones Throw)
  5. DâM-FunK – ‘The Sky Is Ours’ (Stones Throw)
  6. DâM-FunK – ‘Sidewayz’ (Stones Throw)
  7. DâM-FunK – ‘Rollin’ (Stones Throw)
  8. L.S. Movement – ‘Move Everything You Got’ (LA/Veg)

or download

#2 Dam Funk 3hr Mix up on BBC Radio 25th Oct 09

Track listing

  • BaronZen – Burn Rubber (Dam-Funk Remix) (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Burgundy City (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Red (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Special Dimensions (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Killdatmutha***a (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Galactic Fun (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – She Lights Me Up (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – 10 West (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Chocolate (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Indigo (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Rollin’ (Stones Throw)
  • Dam-Funk – Purple (Stones Throw)
  • *Dam-Funk In The Mix*
  • Pyramid Plus – Comin At Ya (Lifeworld)
  • Del Richardson – Rainbows (Joy Spring)
  • Cliff DawsonI Can Love You Better (Boardwalk)
  • Midnight Express – Dangerzone (Tri-Fire)
  • Rah Band – Messages From The Stars (TMT)
  • StarShine – All I Need Is You (Prelude)
  • Alfreda James & Billy Ray – Back To Love (Rappers Rapp Disco)

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OUR HOUSE NYD SPECIAL – SECRET LOCATION REVEALED


A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS FOR OUR NEW YEARS DAY CELEBRATION!! THE LAST FEW REMAINING TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM www.ourhousesydney.com. THE VENUE LOCATION IS ALSO UP ON THE WEBSITE. WE WILL ALSO BE GOING PAST 1AM, SO ANYONE LOOKING TO KICK ON AFTER THE FESTIVALS HAVE FINISHED CAN CALL PHIL ON 0415 164 425 OR EMAIL ourhouse_sydney@optusnet.com.au

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Our House returns this NYD to celebrate the new year – underground style.

Join us in our indoor/outdoor sanctuary as we delve deep into our record collections for the finest House, Garage, and Disco gems.

Music selectors include James Bucknell, Gian Arpino, Phil Hudson, Phil Toke, Michael Zac, Eadie Ramia, Toby Wilson, and The Latin Jam Crew (Live).

Tickets are $20 from www.ourhousesydney.com.

Presale tickets only. Strictly limited capacity. BYO

*This party is proudly supported by Soul Of Sydney – Funk, Disco, and House music Blog.

REVIEW: Kon and The Transatlantics at The Basement [21.8.2010]


Thanks to Niche Productions, The Basement hosted a night of great live soul music from Adelaide band The Transatlantics on the 21st of August, later to boogie down to the disco sounds of Kon, one half of Brooklyn based highly esteemed internationally renowned vinyl connoisseurs Kon and Amir.

Adelaide 8 piece The Transatlantics

The night began with live music from the 10 piece band The Transatlantics who are essentially an 8 piece band. Visually, you would expect a thunderous sound with two guitarists, bass player, drummer, trumpeter, trombonist, a baritone saxophonist, vocalist and two backup singers. To my surprise, their sound was incredibly tight  and powerful in a self contained manner.  It wasn’t about ostentatious solo’s or belting out tunes, rather the finer details, accents and the subtle call-and-responses that could have easily  been dismissed as repetitive nuances. I couldn’t help but be transported into a different epoch – the late 50’s and 60’s.  Their sound not only transported me to a different era, but it was like soaking in southern American heat (I used to live in Texas), waiting for the cool change of breeze, when all you could do was play by the river till late in the evening without a damn care – youthful bliss . In other words, their dynamic sound makes you feel carefree!

No doubt you’ll be hearing more of this band leading into summer festivals. Keep a good ear out for them!

And then there was Kon…

The night follwed by a DJ set from Kon of  legendary duo Kon and Amir. Kon’s musical background is deep, knowledgable in multiple genres, with vast expertise in the world of vinyl ‘diggin’ and production. Some claim his DJ sets are an historical musical journey from beginning to present, seamless and rare. It was good to see a crowd had remained to hear Kon’s set albiet increasingly drunk the crowd came to be and not what I had expected Kon’s crowd to attract.  Kon started on shakey ground that evening playing tracks to a room full of music lovers set to hear the DJ play rare disco boogie/soul tracks, instead with difficulty mixing one track into the other, he started off with electro hip hop, to radio disco bangers, dropping tracks that you wouldn’t expect a man with such musical depth and knowledge to drop.

My eyebrows were slightly raised at his musical selection, nonetheless as the night advanced, so did his musical crate and skills. Let’s just say it was a smart move on my part to espouse patience and stay past 1am. It did take him a while to warm up to the crowd, dropping classic tracks like “Candy Girl” by New Edition,  De La Soul’s ‘Me, Myself and I’, Michael Jackson, Four Tops’ “Reach Out”, then flawlessly beat juggling a number of times throughout his set, scratching in between tracks, then finally sticking to rare ghetto disco, to soul and african boogie.

He eased into his role as the boucing musical conductor, orchestrating an unrivalled disco boogie set with a dash of rare soul. This was what I had been waiting for – the commanding conductor. His known reputation as a fierce crate diggin’ aficionado was well put to the test with grooves that took us all to –  yet again, another era. That evening proved that music can make you travel through time. I felt I had traveled through  4 decades of music to come back on the other end in of the present time scale, only wanting more of the nostalgia.

Music was better back then. With the help of DJ’s and producers such as Kon, it’s longevity will remain in the hands of those who have an insatiable hunger to protect it’s genre from becoming extinct, protecting it by means of playing the genre out to the masses, travelling oceans, hand-to-hand, fibre optics and cables to keep the genre alive.

Definitely worth the wait….

Off Track Vol III ” by Kon and Amir is out now through BBE records.

Click play below to give it a listen or find it on mixcloud.

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