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Hard to believe it’s been 10 years already since the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival back in 2000, and despite its changing hands several times, 09 had a subtle feeling that something big is about to happen again both in Detroit and in electronic music (was it the great weather too?)… now being dubbed by influencers as the “Detroit Future Music Festival.”  Some of our fave performances @ Movement Festival this year came from Afrika Bambaataa, Flying Lotus, Exchange Bureau, Osunlade ft. Oveous Maximus, Kevin Reynolds, Carl Craig and Detroit House legends Al Ester and DJ Minx.  The ladies of Fusicology certainly had an amazing weekend re-connecting with all our hometown people!

The afterparty circuit had us bouncing as if it were WMC in Miami for a few nights, with hot sets from DJ E-Man, Karizma, Rick Wilhite, Spinna, Daz-I-Kue, Jeremy Ellis, John Arnold, Josh Adams, Scribe, Moonstarr, Arch_Typ, Billy Love, Tortured Soul, Family Funktion, Jeff Mills, Chuck Love, N’Dambi, Blue Neffertiti, Malik Alston, Chez Damier, Kai Alce, DJ Dez, and more – wow!

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| Check out Fusicology’s exclusive interviews with Afrika Bambaataa and Derrick May, along with their video clips courtesy 6 Minutes TV!  |  Fusicology Movement Festival 2009 Photo Wrap-Up and Staff Video fun!  |  Thanks to Oh!Beatrice Photography (Triple Threat Pre-Party | Exchange Bureau Live) & EdwinHoPhoto for capturing some of the best moments @ Movement Festival 2009!  |

Fusicology is sponsoring the 3rd Annual International Soul Music Summit (ISMS) in Atlanta on Friday September 12th & Saturday the 13th at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown with a new theme, more artists, networking, nightlife activities and only $100 to register. The mission is to connect musical worlds while making a global impact For hotel accommodations, performance and panel schedules, visit http://www.myspace.com/soulsummitsos

SKILLZ ’07 WRAP UP

NYE features photos and blogs rollin’ in…Fusicology’s Founder, Asya Shein, Kiss N Grind spent New Years event in the Hollywood Hills at a gorgeous castle event Fusicology and Going.com sponsored with DJs Garth Trinidad, Vikter Duplaix and the lovely Rashida who DJs for Prince who also attended the event with his entourage along with other notables like Talib Kweli, Res, Dj Eque, Graph Nobel and a slew of pretty looking LA folks. The food was phenomenal, southern cooking at it’s best, along with the best desserts a VIP ticket can by, going beautifully with the champagne flowing all night courtesy of Barefoot Wine.

Jocelyne Ninneman, an editor and contributor at Fusicology, blogs about her NYE in Philly:

Went to two.one.five’s Back2Basics Monday night NYE edition w/Rich Medina & Dozia. Brought my conservative lil brother along to dwntn Philly so he could see what his crazy big sis does…. surprised tha crap outta Rich, as he had to stop mixing a Fela Kuti record to do a triple-take & then mouth “WTF?!” …are YOU doing here?!” as I did my thang on the dancefloor…. later he mentions that he thought he saw someone he knew, but outta place for like an hour or more, and then finally realized he wasn’t crazy…. and it WAS me – the “dancfloor fairy, or something – showin up on random dancefloors…” – excited that he’s about to be a daddy in a few weeks, hoping for a boy, and got 6 names already picked out… meanwhile, Tayyib from two.one.five was all dressed up tux & all as he was – and I quote – “Gary Coleman, but hottt.” !

On Saturday December 22nd, Black Dot Artists, Inc celebrated 11 years of cultural arts programming with acclaimed actor Don Cheadle in Oakland benefiting the nonprofit’s development of a cultural district in West Oakland aka the Lower Bottoms. In his first public appearance in Oakland, Cheadle engaged in a lively conversation with Black Dot Artists’ Chief Creative Officer, Activist, Marcel Diallo. The event took place at the beautiful Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland.

Don discussed the honor in winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism in Darfur; The Dalai Lama said “This isn’t a prize, this is a burden”. Something we can all reflect on. Don spoke on the Head of UN, Sukehiro Hasegawa, trying to get 24 helicopters and 74 Million for the mission and not getting any support; ” Although the AU and EU’s 30,000 members voted 15 to 0, maybe it’s just talk and they don’t want to solve it therefore we are working to privately raise the funding…politrix

On a lighter note, Don’s take on the Writers Strike is that the strike = ego and that fight will keep moving, he guesses through the spring. Don spoke on Marlon Brandon being his all time favorite actor growing up and the lack of good actors in Hollywood today. Admitting he’s a musician picking up trumpet and piano and sax for 12 yrs and how he used to make beats with Marcel who rhymed.

Marcel explained the how the Black Dot Philosophy has really has taken route. It is a spiritual, 3rd eye esoteric concept, opening to collective consciousness. Black Dot describes this, evolved thru ancient concepts for God. The challenge is how to take the essence of what Black Dot and turn it into action, as an artist collective with rappers, singers, musicians, visual artists, short films – at the core they had the conscious awareness like Amiri Baraka, Bobby Seale and other activists that were based on a way of people being true.

The final point made by Don is that it is important to protect, as a collective, give support and value to take care of each other as we take things for granted being fortunate as an American. We need awareness, sensitivity and it’s smart to be proactive now. To cap the night, Asya Shein, Founder of Fusicology, I asked the question “As a celebrity, do you see the ability to help re-shape the state of music because what we hear on the radio is BS. I live in LA and heard personally that you like groups like Slum Village (Don nods in agreement) – do you see things changing, music becoming more progressive” and Don replied “Yes, I hope so. No one is really saying anything anymore and things must change.”

We agree, thank you Don for your insight, Black Dot, Inc for their efforts in Oakland and beyond, Zsa-Zsa, Inc for the ability to cover this event and your Bay Area representation for Fusicology and all the press at that round table, it was an inspiration, as my Bay Area experiences always are.


The Flaunt/Hennessy mansion party brought out several celebrities including Bill Maher, Young Jeezy, Sal Masekela & Spinderella while Prince’s resident DJ Rashida killed em with soul classics and R&B grooves.

The next day on Saturday, Southern California was represented well at the Alliance for Lupus Research Walk for Dilla. The “Jay Walkers” team was an outstanding success! Our team raised over $2,300 totaling over $78,000 in total just for SoCal. There is still time to donate, click here to learn more | View Photos

That next night Alicia Keys performed to just a couple hundred people at a private J Records release party at a sound stage near Downtown LA. She was impeccable as she sung songs from her many hit albums. It was a great weekend in La La Land indeed 🙂

We started the week Monday night where the Marksmen presented their weekly Turntable Unplugged at Tillmans Soul Lounge where Jay-Z & Diddy were chillin while DJ OP & Maya Azucena sang beautifully, as always rockin it. Later at SOBs Rich Medina had his Afro Disco event celebrating the birthday of Fela Kuti.

Tuesday night began with a live show by Q-Tip with a strong performance, then we went to the TripleFiveSoul & Imeem.com event where the Cool Kids performed and Moby did a guest set in the basement. We ended the night again at Tillmans at Be Easy with DJ Center, Logan & Demby.

What is a Wednesday in the City without Little Ricky’s @ APT with resident DJ Rich Medina followed by a busy Thursday starting in the evening with the Annual Spectre CMJ Event this year with special guest DJ Premier. The Get Down with DJ Spinna was next in the LES followed by a night-cap back at APT with Atlanta’s deep house don DJ Kai Alce.

Friday we got to spend the entire day with the Mrs. Yancey aka Ma Dukes, mother of the great J Dilla, starting in the morning at her “Legacies” CMJ panel and then the evening Stones Throw/Fat Beats event with Percee P, J-Live, Smif-N-Wessun and then our highlight of the week at Turn It Up! J Dilla Tribute with Pharoahe Moche, DJ Dummy and DJ Soul. View Photos

We got the inside scoop from Spinderella, who was chosen to host the VH1 Hip Hop Honors red carpet arrivals and backstage exclusives. Highlights included honors to the the movie Wildstyle, a set by Snoop Dogg and an unforgettable A Tribe Called Quest tribute with Common, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, Busta Rhymes & Spliff Star with the evening culminating with “Check the Rhyme” performed by Tribe themselves.

The official afterparty had honorees Salt N Peppa, Tribe & Kool Keith and Missy Elliott’s afterparty had special guests Timbaland, Keyshia Cole, Tweet & Ciara. Other events included DJ ?uestlove on Thursday, DJ Moe Choi & J-Zone on Friday and Common and an official afterparty with his DJ Dummy Sunday ending the weekends hip hop festivities. The day after the big show, Spinderella hosted the Dubspot-Ubiquita Red Carpet Urban Mix Suite which was sponsored by Going.com, Misbehave Magazine, Moet-Hennessy and SandboxTV.com.

Special thanks to Spinderella and her publicist from Rootz Media

After three soulful weeks with the likes of, Anthony David, Purple St. James (YahZarah) and N’dambi, this year Heineken and Urban Organic decided to end their Red Star Soul series with a bang by inviting the 15 year hip hop vet, Common. Detroit got the chance to “find forever” for free at the elegant Renaissance Club on the Detroit Waterfront.

The onlookers got a chance to sample, L.A.’s soulful “lioness”, Teedra Moses as she performed select tracks from her debut LP, Complex Simplicity while setting the tone for the night. Raheem DeVaughn followed up with a high energy performance debuting his latest single, “Woman” from his upcoming November 27th release, “Love Behind the Melody”.

Common performed several new singles from his recent “Finding Forever” release and thanked Detroit for providing one the greatest producers of our time, J Dilla. He expressed his honor and respect of Dilla and their close relationship as his friend and roommate.

Heineken presented the 2007 Independent Achievers Award to Common on behalf of J Dilla. Which was followed by a performance of Thelonious with Slum Village’s T3 and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins to end the night.

The parent of multi-media soulful arts and music festivals, Atlanta’s FunkJazzKafe® is a music festival catering to the full disciple of the arts as opposed to just music. Created by Jason Orr in 1994, the experiences involve fashion, dance, theatre, poetry and all forms of African based music as it relates to modern urban lifestyles.

The events have jazz fusion, reggae, deep house, a massage suite plus a serene room for broader consciousness, the electric/magnetic body and more vegetarian food than meat and dairy products. FunkJazz Kafe® always introduces new products that you can apply to your lifestyle whether it’s technology, music and new ideas.

Not everything before FunkJazz Kafe® involved these things – in DC it was Go-Go, in the South it was brass culture, NYC east coast hip hop, & House from Chicago (speaking of, the legendary Lil’ Louis attends all events, flying in from NYC!). The event s encompass old soul, classic R&B, high-end futuristic shit in the tradition of Outkast and Goodie Mob – all of those things in one.

Prior to FunkJazz Kafe®, Jason was a tax collector between 1991 and 1995 then started FunkJazz Kafe® in 1994, quit his job in early 95 after they complained how many Fridays and Mondays he requested to be off work- took his pension and kept doing FunkJazz Kafe® – during that time he met and ended up managing drummer “Lil” John Roberts. Jason is also a musician in the band Soul of Earth, collaborating with the likes of Dionne Farris, Caron Wheeler, Carl Macintosh from Loose Ends, Lady Alma and others.

The last FunkJazz Kafe® was in the October of 2004 for part four of their 10th year celebrations. Why come back? Jason explains: “It’s my lifestyle, it’s easy for me to do so as I’ve created a unique brand allegiance that people come to be excited – who’s going to be there? They don’t know until that night. It’s exciting and I love doing this…one day someone will do it bigger.” Presently, Jason is working on a movie and, in his words, “I am a glad to be me.”

On July 28th, FunkJazz Kafe® featured Angie Stone, Dead Prez, Bone Crusher, Gordon Chambers, N’Dambi, Dawn from En Vogue, Mausiski Scales & The Common Ground Collective, Vinx & Janelle Monae.

For more info on FunkJazzKafe®, click here

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