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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!  |

This year’s festival was more diverse than ever – and the afterparties lasted till the wee morning hours, a weekend full of house, techno, electro and soul, view photos.

Friday night started off the weekend with the Masters of House event with memorable sets dedicated to the late, great Ken Collier.  DJs included Delano Smith, Norm Talley, Minx and Al Ester (who danced behind the tables all night). The old Warehouse – still loud and fun.  Later, we headed to Trenchtown for the real techno – not that “euro” ish – at Underground Anthems Live with Keith Worthy, Patrice Scott (who killed a mid 80s classic set) and special guest DJ E-Man from NYC.

First day of Movement Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival on Saturday, which was all around organized and well attended, had us hollering at old school electro sets by Nucleus, Egyptian Lover, Peanut Butter Wolf and Pete Rock closing out the stage. That night we (tried to) roller skate at the Mohogani Music’s annual Soul Skate party with a 5 hour set by Kenny Dixon Jr aka Moodyman. It felt like the entire Detroit music family was there – present (and most on skates) were Amp Fiddler, Carl Craig, DJ Dez, Kai Alce, ‘Mad’ Mike Banks, Piranha, Stacey Pullen, Theo Parrish and many others, with a skating contest and hundreds of amazing skaters.

Later that night we went to hear Quentin Harris and Derrick May at the Hi-Tek Soul event at the legendary 1515 Broadway, spending some time bumpin to quality house and techno inside the infamous facility with nothing but a red light and a single strobe. To cap the night, Juan Atkins was having his loft party down the street with guest DJs Titonton and Kimyon, along with his infamous Metroplex drinks – they hit hard!

Sunday brought us back to the festival this time having us on the main stage in the VIP Red Bull area hearing the Lawnchair Generals, Miles Maeda and Mark Farina bump all evening. On our last night in the D, we got down hard at just 1 event – Sunday Skool with resident Stacey Pullen and guests from NY Mr. V and Dennis Ferrer @ the Shelter. Dark, hot, packed, sweaty goodness.  We missed the Shake it Down with Spank Rock and Peanut Butter Wolf but we needed the house fix before jetting back to Los Angeles. We also missed out on the Monday closing Motown Revival event Rick “The Godson” Wilhite put on with special guests Chicago’s Dajae and Glenn Underground.

Special thanks to Shelly O’Neill and Native Instruments, Jocelyne Ninneman, Paxahau staff, Nina Morena, Nancy Gavoor, Mike Clark, Monica Lockett aka DJ Genesis, Neveric, Nina Morena, Kimyon, DJ Munk and the Uni-Verse for the perfect weather in Michigan, which is always a crap shoot.  Till next year, we love you Detroit!



JUNE 13 – 15: I Got Soul (IGS) Conference, Dallas announcing that they are partnering with Sonicbids.com and the Dallas Visitors and Conventions Bureau for its 2nd annual conference which also involves IGS working with the multi-cultural Dallas City Arts Festival. IGS’s roster of talent includes Eric Roberson, Karen Bernod, Jimi James, Liv Warfield and many more guests TBA in the coming weeks. For $100 early-bird registration until 4/15, discount hotel, flight info and more, click here

Hotel Indigo, the host accommodations, is offering a special $85 IGS rate (800) 465-4329 and there are group discount codes with American Airlines 1-800-433-1790 (Discount Code: A2868AK and AirTran 1-866-683-8368 (Discount Code: DFW061008). Early Bird Registration until 4/15 is only $100 ($75 for students). There are also concert and panel-only passes which will become available in May. More soon, we’ll keep you posted.

FUSICOLOGY: What’s the A3C all about?

BRIAN KNOTT: A3C was born 4 years ago to fill a void in the Southeastern United States and Atlanta specifically where there is a critical under representation of anything beyond what would be considered “Mainstream Southern Rap” music. We have consistently grown each year to become one of the largest music events in the SE pulling artists from all over the country that represent both the roots and future of hip hop music. Over the years the event has grown to become a multi-faceted (break dancing, producer battles, fashion show) representation of what is going on in hip hop culture and music outside of what the average person might see if they were only listening to what commercial radio or television was presenting them.

How is it different from other Hip Hop festivals?

We try and provide a balance to hip hop music, we showcase artists like Atlanta’s own B.o.B (signed to Atlantic) who is starting to experience some mainstream success directly alongside artists like Del The Funkee Homosapien and Jeru Tha Damaja who have been consistently putting out music without mainstream support for years. We are an event where someone can see an artist like Clipse who has had major label success next to an artist like Wale who was recently on the cover of URB magazine and then also check out artists like Aceyalone or Akrobatik that have been making their bones by grinding out album after album, tour stop after tour stop. The one line that combines all of our music is that it is progressive and not what you are hearing on the radio right now. We like to think that we showcase what’s next. We do it all in an environment that also features the latest in fashion, street dance and other culture.

What’s in the works for A3C 08?

We have been blessed this year to enlist the support of people like MySpace, Red Bull, HipHopDx.com, and Urb to bring some of the most exciting new artists in the country to Atlanta for the weekend. Performances from Little Brother, Clipse, Jeru tha Damaja, Wale, Aceyalone, Guilty Simpson, and a ton more. We have a producer battle being put on by our friends over at iStandard, a Rawkus records showcase, a 2 on two break-dance battle, a break-dance exhibition put on by Red Bull’s BC One team featuring some world famous b-boys, and some of the best vendors. We’re also doing a fashion show called Counter Couture which exclusively features sneakers and accessories on body painted models. I’m even hyped about the artists doing the body paint! They’re some of the most talented guys I’ve seen come out of Atlanta.

What does the A3C mean to you as the founder?

I take a tremendous amount of pride in what we have been able to build here in Atlanta. Especially in a city so widely known for a specific style of rap music we have been able to showcase very well the history of hip hop as well as being a launching pad for what’s next in the genre. The event is so well supported by our local hip hop community and the national media that watching it grow from a three night concert into an event that people circle on the calendars months in advance makes me feel like we’re really doing something positive.

What are you gonna do on March 23?

I am sure that like every other year once we close the doors at 3am on Sunday morning the party will keep rolling somewhere but I will go get some sleep and spend a day with my two year old son teaching him more old school rap lyrics. He can pretty well bust out radio edits of most of Black Sheep’s “The Choice is Yours” and “Monie in the Middle” by Monie Love. I probably owe it to him to work on “Ain’t no Half Steppin’ by Big Daddy Kane or” Whack MC’s” by Del in honor of the festival. Gotta raise him up with a sense of history right? We’ll probably be back to planning for 2009 by April and then it will be back on the grind.

Fusicology is proud to participate as media sponsor in this year’s 6th Annual Urban Organic Festival downtown Detroit , November 15 – 18. This soul summit of sorts kicks off with performances from renowned & emerging soul & hip hop artists such as Amp Fiddler, Alison Crockett, Monica Blaire, Anthony David, Waajeed and many more. The weekend is set to climax with an all-star local jam with legend Roy Ayers, as we attempt to “connect the dots” between our seemingly disparate genres of “soul” music. The festival also features workshops and panel discussions for independent industry activists, as well as an indy music film showcase.

Travel & hotel discounts for 2007 festival-goers!  Detail below.. Anticipation mounts for the 4-day weekend in the D, with the Heavy Rhyme Experience kicking off the fest on 11.15, and the first-ever Annual Readers Choice Soul Track Awards on 11.16 hosted by SoulTracks.com & JodinesCorner.com. Awards will be given in several categories, with performances from over a dozen of our favorite rising Soul stars!   A weekend not to be missed.

Detroit Urban Organic Festival announces travel discounts for out-of-town UO Fest-goers!   All discounts apply to travel / accommodations on the following dates:  Tuesday, November 13 – Tuesday, November 20.  Reservations must be made via phone.

Northwest Airlines is offering 10% off your airfare one-way or round trip to Detroit Metro.  CODE: NMC25.

Amtrak Railways is offering 10% off any class train ticket on-way or round-trip to Detroit (Baltimore St. Station, across from St. Regis Hotel).  CODE: X70Q-925.

Hotel St. Regis – New Center, Detroit is offering $99/night room rate (50% off!) + other discount options.  CODE: Urban Organic Festival.

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 are all over the place over the next 2 weeks covering Chris Webber’s 2nd Annual Bada Bling Celebrity Charity Event in Las Vegas 7/20 – 7/22 . Next week’s International Soul Summit in Atlanta from 7/25 – 7/28 features the Hot Soul Showcase and FunkJazz Kafé® Arts & Music Festival. July 31st to August 1st, Chicago will be hosting the ad:tech summit– 20% off sign up and full info here

Blogs coming soon, stay cool!

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for the 3rd Annual Afro Punk Music and Film Festival. Hot and Steamy!

It took place over 2 weekends June 27th through July 7th in several venues around Brooklyn including BAM, SouthPaw, Brooklyn Museum and a fantastic block party in Clinton Hill which featured DJ Rich Medina. Masses of like minded film and music fans came together all for a love of Black Rock and progressive Urban Culture. An experience shared in ‘The Other Black Experience’. It’s obvious that this scene is growing wider and more popular and becoming a powerful movement with the goal of educating and inspiring.

There were over 20 films, discussions, and several musical acts that performed. The Afro Punk Music and Film Festival kicked off with a very powerful discussion with legendary Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale and ended with a beautiful outdoor concert at the Brooklyn Museum.

Also shown during the series of events was James Spooner the director of Afro Punk the documentary- his new film- ‘White Lies, Black Sheep’ which was screen tested here.

Look out for 2008 as the brand, the movement and the audience/fan will be
several times the size.

Going GLOBAL…

www.afropunk.com

Written by Fiona Bloom for The Bloom Effect

Summer, summer, summer-time…

So sad, yet another year passed and our favorite Detroit summer festival with it… It really never fails, the goodness that CityFest brings – how can you go wrong with 5 sunny days of FREE music in the streets of Motown? VIEW PHOTOS

And the weather was perfect… well, except for a rainy start the morning of opening day, Independence Day. DJs Gamall & Carl Craig warmed up the Pure Detroit Stage with their Demon Days fervor only for DJs Santiago & Recloose to spin Second Avenue into a frenzy. Over to the Main Stage, DJ Ron Trent’s classic AfroBeat set infused with a little James Brown funk flavor, seemed to have brought the sun out of hiding and beat us good while Femi Kuti & Positive Force taught us yet another lesson in true roots music (and those colorful dancers!) and blessed us with another soul-altering experience.

Back over to the Pure Detroit Stage for Craig’s “Detroit Live” set with legendary Tribe Records musicians, Marcus Belgrave & Wendell Harrison & Sholar, and quite possibly the most perfect way to end a Detroit summer evening in the city… with a raw set from DJ Moodymann aka Kenny Dixon Jr. Let’s just say this 4th on Second Ave in the D gave new meaning to “dancin’ in the streets.” Aaahhhhh….

Thursday saw us back at the CityFest again for an amazing show from The Wailers on the Main Stage, and a truly inspirational sundown Detroit Hip-Hop-Soul Jam on the Pure Detroit Stage hosted by local Hip Hop authority, DJ K-Fresh RenSoul.com , and sponsored & co-created by your truly , Fusicology. The “Luck Be A Lady” set featured cameos from the best in Detroit’s Hip Hop & Soul-stresses including Monica Blaire, Neco Redd, Angelique Brown, L’Renee, Patrice Williams, Invincible, and Miz Korona… with DJ Sicari behind the decks and Finale as host with the most. Oh yeah… and surprise set from rising Cincinnati/Brooklyn-based Hip Hop trio, Tanya Morgan , as our guest “lady.” (ha,ha)

Yet again we bounced right from the CityFest Thursday night on over to ROUND 2 for MA DUKES… the second installment in the official series to benefit Mrs. Yancey, mother of J Dilla aka Jay Dee, to raise funds for costs incurred by the Yancey family since Dilla’s death. Hosted by Sparrow, Round 2 found us gettin’ hype to performances from Tanya Morgan, 5 ELA, Phat Kat – with surprise guest DJ House Shoes… an all-out, no-holds-barred, solo by Monica Blaire, and of course a swooning croon from sexy Soul staple, Dwele, DJ Sicari behind the wheels.

Day 3 of our Fusicology showcase at CityFest had us up a little early to jam to Malik Alston’s new project, “This Music is Life” on the Jazz & Blues Stage. All warmed-up, we cruised with our brews on over to our Pure Detroit Stage to support our boys, Ayro & Arnold, otherwise known as Jeremy Ellis & John Arnold… you know, those crazy MPC-pokin’ dudes.

Next we really had to jet to the Main Stage to bounce with Lupe Fiasco, where we were nearly accosted by his enormous entourage (jeez, Lupe… is it really like THAT?), before we got into our jam side-stage, and skated out Batman-style back to the Pure D Stage for, in our humble opinion, the most not-to-be-missed set of the CityFest – the debut of the emerging new live-dance-funk band outta the D, Exchange Bureau. Do NOT , repeat : do not, sleep on these guys! EXB mos def got Second Ave’s groove on Friday night with mad props to DJ Seoul for rockin’ possibly the fullest crowd Second Ave. saw all week. Phew!

Detroit, we love you 😉

Whenever our souls are runnin’ dry, you always fill us right back up!

Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com