Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when veteran turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of Hip-Hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall. And for those lucky enough to live in San Francisco or the greater Bay Area, we’ve got your chance for A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to next Friday’s show at Mezzanine!
“This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.” – DJ Shadow.
Using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity. DJ Shadow states, “His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa…it’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That’s when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them.” The Renegades of Rhythm tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.
Though DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist may not be your stereotypical “EDM” DJs, they’ve been doing it for a long time and they are truly masters of their craft. Both DJs span genres and if you want to see what REAL turntablism is all about then this is a show not to be missed.
One lucky winner will be picked at random for a pair of tickets and he or she will be announced after 5pm on Friday October 3rd. Good luck!
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