Thursday, January 20, 2011

SLF Afro-Dub Session One Year Anniversary Party

Sound Liberation Front (SLF), an arts and music organization based in Brooklyn, presents the Afro-Dub Sessions One-Year Anniversary Party at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, BK on Saturday, January 29. Afro-Dub Sessions combines live music and DJs to celebrate the best in Dub and African-influenced sounds.

To celebrate the success of their one-year run, Afro-Dub Sessions will feature special guest DJ Carter Van Pelt, host of WKCR 89.9FM's Eastern Standard Time, a Jamaican music program that airs live every Saturday from 6-10 a.m. The show highlights roots reggae of the ʼ70s and early ʼ80s, Rocksteady from the mid ʼ60s and Ska from the early ʼ60s. Carter Van Pelt also co-hosts the weekly Roots Rock Reggae party at Motor City Bar, and organizes the popular Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem parties, one of which SLF co-hosted this past summer.

He will be joined by renowned MCʼs, K Vibes and Willow Wilson. K Vibes has been singing reggae professionally for nearly 20 years. She was one of the last of a new generation of Brooklyn-based reggae artists to record for iconic Jamaican record producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, scoring a cult-hit with “Frenemies” in 2001. Willow Wilson was widely recorded at the height of Brooklynʼs digital reggae/dancehall era in the mid/late 1980s. His voice can be heard on dozens of recordings, including a full length self-titled LP, made primarily for Whitfield Henryʼs prolific Wittyʼs label. His latest release, a cover of Bob Marleyʼs “Slave Driver” for Taitu Records, reveals his strong affinity for singer Dennis Brown.

As it does every month, Afro-Dub Sessions will also feature a pair of live performances by resident Afro-Dub band Super Hi-Fi, which has been packing the house with their creative melding of Afrobeat, Dub, live remixing and special guest appearances. The five-piece collective features members of Aphrodesia, Slavic Soul Party, Peopleʼs Champs, and the Blue Man Group. SLFʼs resident DJs Linh, Q-Mastah and Lil Tiger will bring their diverse musical selections to the turntables to round out the night.

Afro-Dub Sessions is dedicated to the idea that dub, born in Jamaica, and African musical styles like Afrobeat, Afropop and Afrofunk are natural partners in the origins of global dance music. Each month SLF explores these connections by hosting a different guest DJ specializing in Dub or African-influenced styles.

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