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FUSICOLOGY: Where do you get your inspiration?

DONN T: It is because of my particular upbringing – that I gained a deep appreciation of music from a very broad perspective. My dad, an artist on Chess Records  and my mom a tap dancer who studied with legends The Four Step brothers and Charles “Honey” Cole stacked the family music library with everything from soul to classical. That library remains my  first great inspiration. It exposed me to all music styles. It’s why it’s pretty easy for me to call my debut album Kaleidoscopic.

F: “Kaleidoscopic” means?

Kaleidoscopes, intrigue me, I have a few. This tube toy that with each rotation reflects light and color.  That idea fits me and fits my debut album. Donn T Kaleidoscopic has a  broad spectrum of styles that take you from 70’s 80’s post disco New York to underground clubs in Chicago and continental Europe. It deals with electronic stripped down  London-funk and tecky, minimal Berlin-soul.  It’s definitely a tecky album with retro mystique.

F: Where do you see the music industry going?

Oh boy,  (laughing)my inner geek revealed…I recently read a digital music study, put out last year, that said digital sales made up 18% of the American music market. But now, in 2009 that figure has jumped to 33%.  And the projection is – that by 2013 41% of music bought in the US, will be downloaded. I feel that the music industry, in general, is headed to a more virtual place, from the way that music gets made and distributed, to the way artists maneuver within it.

With my  debut album Donn T Kaleidoscopic, I had the benefit of being in the same  room with French DJ and Producer Simbad. We wrote, recorded and mixed the entire album in a 8 days. That’s unusual. We had the benefit of time. But, time is a premium. So many artists juggle multiple projects. Which means, artist and producer may be creating and recording the song apart from each other, on different coasts or from different  countries.

Within that idea, I definitely I  believe I represent that shift to virtual. I am based between LA and Philly.  More About Music (MAM), my management is based in the UK. My label Still  Music is based in Chicago, with distribution thru K7 (Germany). But, with Skype there is 24hr full-on access. No one’s ever in the same room well, hardly ever. There’s a world between us so, everything’s accomplished with an air of intentionality. We’re a well –  oiled machine. Label negotiations? Very futuristic. Paperwork from London, going back in time to Chitown during precise hours so, it could get re-sent forward in time to Germany before end of day. This went on for a month. Sounds like chaos. But, it was so synchronized. My team definitely has that Charlie’s Angels 3009 vibe…“Good Morning, Charlie….” – is  how I answer my Skype  (laughing).

F: Tell us about your local music scene

I’m a Philly girl who spends as much time in LA. My hometown is all about the hybrid right now…that mix of  genre ‘n style. Electro Alternative is on the rise for sure and the category  is real broad. What I love is, Philly’s fully supportin’ the artist that’s  bringin’ it in a new way – that may be hard to categorize but, that  has some nice musicality. Folks like Tu Phace, Elevator Flight, Spankrock,  transports like Santigold (Philly, Brooklyn based), and Willieisz.  (Philly/GA, LA based).

Eavesdrop Radio (WKDU  91.7) is a strong supporter of the new music trend. King Britt’s Back2Basics  Monday party at Silk City is as well. Lee Jones’ Sundae.  Party is killin’ it. For summer, it’s an outdoor event at The Piazza. Insane  location. Capacity is probably 1000 people. House music, hula hoopers,  rollerskaters, plus bring mama, y’ mama’s mama, y’ baby mama, the baby and the dog. The idea is so left…it completely works.

F: Prior to your debut album Donn T Kaleidoscopic, what other projects  have included your work?

I’ve been doing work behind the scenes, writing  songs that have gone to TV/Film for a few years, plus writing for other  artists. I co wrote song “I Am Music” (Common’s “Electric Circus”  MCA), I did voiceover’s for Chappelle’s Show (Comedy Central), I was  featured on Exit Music: Songs with Radio Head “Morning Bell”  with The Randy Watson Experience (BBE).  My song “Beauty” appears in  film “Cougar Club” (Open Sky Entertainment), song “Rainy Day” featured on  UPN’s “Kevin Hill” (Taye Diggs) drama series, “Love” is the single from the  BAADAAASSS” (Sony Pictures) BBE soundtrack, and in radio ads. Five songs  were included in the 2nd season of Showtime’s “Street Time”.

As a performer, I’ve supported or shared the stage with Alice Smith, John Legend, Alice Russell, Nelly Furtado, Jill  Scott, J Davey, Amy Winehouse, Zap Mama, Les Nubians, Floetry, Graph Nobel, SA- RA.

F: And you’re the sister of The Roots front man Ahmir “Questlove”  Thompson?

That would be a “yes ma’am.” (smiles)

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Special thanks to Mark Potts for granting Fusicology.com the interview

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!  |

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FUSICOLOGY: Where are you from?

FEMI: I was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, CA

FUS: How would you describe your sound?

FEMI: I would describe my sound as a mix of Neo-Funk & Soul with a dash of Jazz.

FUS: What makes you stand-out as an artist?

FEMI: That’s for the listener to decide.

FUS: What is One thing people don’t know about you?

People say that my sense of humor is a mix between Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx

FUS: What other projects are you invloved in and what is your role?

FEMI: Aside from my Solo project “Sweet Water Soul”. I am the synth player and lead singer for the band ‘Punk Funk Mob’ and I also play and sing with ‘JamieStarr’…google it!

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For more info on FEMI go to myspace.com/femi and femimusic.com

Charlotte, NC native, Anthony Hamilton has been wooing the ladies and even catching co-sign from the dudes for a few years now.  2007’s cameo in the smash hit film, “American Gangster,” performing the song he did for the soundtrack certainly solidified his cred in this rough and tough industry.  But Hamilton has been back in the studio again knocking out his 3rd album and doing live shows, like any stand-up, 6-time Grammy Nominee would.  Because inquiring minds want to know (well, at least the ladies), Fusicology sat down to chat with Anthony during CMJ week in NYC to hear more about “The Point of It All”…

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Fusicology: So the 1st single off the new album is “Cool” featuring David Banner.  For those that might not be familiar with Banner, tell us a bit about him and how this collaboration came to be?

Anthony Hamilton: Well, I think most in the Hip Hop world should know who he is, or at least be familiar – he’s a Mississippi rapper that I’ve known for a little while who I connected with during press time at this year’s BET Awards… and it just came together from there.

F: Speaking of collaborations, now we Fusicologists are a breed of liner-note readers, especially since the dawn of the era of The Producer – with the acclaim brought to Pharrell and Dilla and others – where the people “behind” the music are starting to get the same attention as the vocalist.  You have been working with the famous James Poyser (The Roots, Erykah Badu, Common) for some time now – a name not unfamiliar to us – as well as Mark Batson and Kelvin Wooten… but how did the new producers on “The Point of It All” come into play?  Did you seek them out, or did they come to you?

AH: It really wasn’t totally one way or the other.  It’s one of those situations where we had respected each other’s work for some time and this was just a long time coming… finally we got together to make something happen.

F: Now, one pair of these new producers for you is the Avila Brothers, who have produced Usher and Mariah Carey, while another new sound was conjured up by Jack Splash, of Alicia Keys and John Legend fame.  Would you say that enlisting producers with well-gleaned Pop chops was one of the ways in which you say you “want fans to hear [your] growth” and “also want to open up the ears of those who don’t know about Anthony Hamilton” ?   Is that to say that you are purposely inserting a bit more straight Pop appeal with this album?

AH: No, I wouldn’t say that.  I simply want to be able to try different sounds and reach as many people as possible.  But I mean, of course the more familiar sounds you use, the more people you are going to appeal to.   And Pop is always where you’re gonna find the mainstream – that’s where you’ll always catch the youth, that’s where you can grab them.  I just want to give them something they can learn from.  I want to produce a body of work that can travel any street – you can touch more people that way.

F: Recently, you said of your new project, that you “don’t always want to be known as the sad cat.” – that you “like to have a good time, too.” – So, “now we’re going to boogie in the name of the Lord.” What did you mean by that?

AH: {laughs}  Yeah, what I meant was that too often in popular music you are made to feel as if you have to be nasty or negative to have a good time.  I’m here to show you that we can have a good time without being degrading or nasty – women don’t have to feel like hoes and guys don’t have to feel violent or like they gotta have a lot of money to have a good time. You know, like when MC Hammer came out. {laughs}  I mean, we can have a clean good time with this music – it doesn’t always have to be about sex, sex, sex or anything.  You can dance to this, you can dance to Obama, you can dance to Sarah Palin, or whatever floats your boat.

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F: Well, whatever “The Point of It All” brings, one thing your fans can say for sure is that you have that sound – that raw, gritty, old Soul feel – like if we closed our eyes and had never seen what you looked like, we could easily guess you were 60 years old and your tunes were on 45’s.  Where do you think that comes from?

AH: It comes from getting hit in the head with an 8 Track and getting slapped in the behind with a 12”.  {laughs}  No, seriously, I’m not tryin to be anything but me – that’s just who I am, what I feel.  You know, it also has to with what I heard comin up, like when my Mom would put on James Cleveland or Sonny & Cher, you know.

F: They say that some people are just “old souls” – that they’ve been here before, and storytelling just comes easier to them…

AH: That’s it – yeah, that’s it, that’s all it is.  I’m not sure if I’ve been here before, but what I do know is that if I had, I would have cleaned up a lot better. (!)

F: Another thing we can all attest to is that you’ve got the love song down pat.  Hands-down you got that – happy or sad, you got the love song down.  So given that, is there anything new or different we can expect to hear on the new album – any specific topics or issues or stories we can expect to learn about?

AH: Not really, I mean, I just write about whatever’s goin on today.  It’s just me.  What I know.  I ain’t tryin to create no science fiction or anything, that’s for sure.  You won’t hear any futuristic stuff.  Well, there is one song I cut with Jack Splash, called “Fantasy Girl,” that probably won’t make the album, but I’m thinking about putting it out as a bonus track or something somewhere…

F: Word!  You know we love anything bonus or exclusive – bring on the remix contest!

AH: Oh yeah?  Maybe I will.  We’ll see.

F: Well, you know we heard that you did background vocals for D’Angelo on the “Voodoo” tour… and I think everyone wants to know; do YOU know where D’Angelo is?!

AH: Who told you that?!  {laughs}  Naw, I’m just playin.  In the studio.  He’s in the studio right now, man.  Not to worry.

F: We all also loved your cameo in last year’s “American Gangster” film, and we understand that you’ve done the title track for the forthcoming movie, “Soul Men,” with Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.  Now that both of them are no longer with us, and given the context of the film’s story, what does this movie mean to you?

>>> “Soul Men” debuts in theaters nationwide this Friday, November 7th – starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, and Issac Hayes, with the title track by Anthony Hamilton!

AH: Well, first of all, I haven’t seen the film yet, so I can only speak from my place as a songwriter for the title track and given the basics of the story, I would just say that it’s about what music means to you… you know, here’s two guys that haven’t been together in a while, and wanting to get back together even though they might not be at their best – it’s about what it means to you at the end of the day.

F: So can we expect a tour this Winter in support of the new album?

AH: Ha!  I’m always on tour. I’m doing dates this week and next.  As long as I can walk, eat, sleep, breathe, and travel, I’ll be doing live shows. How else do you get to go to the Waffle House so often?  That’s how you stay out of the Awful House.  {laughs}   No, but starting November 5th I’ll be doing 6 weeks straight, so keep checking www.anthonyhamilton.com for my tour dates, and all the other news.

—Interview by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

>The album is “The Point of it All” due out on Zomba/So So Def Records this December 2nd, 2008.

>Listen out for “Cool” featuring David Banner, already in rotation, and the video also due out in November.

>As always, check Fusicology.com for Anthony’s tour dates, which begin November 5th.

FUSICOLOGY: How did Global Mixx start?

MARY DATCHER: Global Mixx (G-Mixx), now in its 4th year, started off of the initial conference that I launched with DJ Tony Neal CORE DJ retreat, G-Mixx spun off from that.  The socialized environment one on one with DJs, put together in 3 weeks – make it a mix, globally and it grew – we evolved from just DJs and  into more so a lifestyle.  G-Mixx is an intimate, high quality conference that focuses on advertisers, artists, attorneys, djs, producers, providing many different areas for people to learn about the business.

FUS: Describe yourself and your background.

MD: I am liaison between the music industry side and corporate brands understanding the needs of not only djs but, empowering them on how to survive to the business, the business changes all the time. G-Mixx evolved especially last year to aspiring artists, songwriters and producers so that they can also all eat, educate and learn.

I am originally from Chicago; after I started street promotions for MCA I was offered to work for Def Jam and moved to Dallas. The VP of Rap Promotions at MCA Records at the time was friends with the VP of Promotions Def Jam and they were forming their first promo regional staff, he recommended me, though I had to move to Dallas when I was barely 21 which was a difficult experience but I got to work with people like Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen which gave me my cutting edge although I was there for less than a year.

When I moved back to Chicago, I became the manager for George Daniels’ George’s Music Room, facilitating in-stores, dealing with labels, communicated with neighborhood activist programs, giving back to the kids and assisting in building a great brand for George’s Music Room. I then launched my own company, On The Street Promotions & Marketing, and I shifted on the corporate side and initiated an Urban Music & Entertainment department at Kevin Berg & Associates (KBA Marketing). There, I was responsible for the Salem program for KBA as well as overseeing street team programs for Coca Cola, Nike, Mars and other multicultural programs understanding the dynamics of the demographics, culture and lifestyle.

FUS: What do you see as the future in the music industry?

MD: Multimedia…music execs that come from that background, I saw early on the bridge between the corporate brands with music and cross marketing projects. The music industry has learned a valuable lesson because of the downloading, and illegal burning because they thought site’s like Napster would go away but realizing now that they have to work in part with the digital download sites. This has also lead to the demise of Indy Mom and Pop stores who have gone bankrupt.

I like to go up and beyond when we’re partnering with a corporate brand. Now most record labels we want a percentage of what they pay the artist to subsidize CD sales, taking also a percentage of the tour dollars etc making it a 360 deal. It’s no longer just about the music, it’s also about how brandable you are to cross market for other projects. A great example is what HP has done in part with music giants such as Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani…partnering with other brands, thinking outside the box, and creating a hip connection level with the consumer.

FUS: What is the future of Global Mixx?

MD: Global Mixx in the future is going to be a real multimedia company that specializes in working with different genres and different companies that goes outside the circles which can be hard to get – we are a conduit that allows people to network with each other , and create resources to empower themselves outside of their circle.

FUS: What else should we know about this weekend?

We encourage registration for people on the fence, who aren’t sure if they are interested but they don’t know what to expect – go online, check out the different prices to experience it for themselves without the intimidation, and for those that have been in the business for a long time, support what has been going on in the industry to keep things moving. We have to resuscitate of what is going on with the economy and the music biz. We are going to have voter registration table as well, and working with public officials this year by having a forum, ‘Music Meets Politics’ to discuss the election process – your voice, your year.

MORE INFO & REGISTER @ GlobalMixx.com

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Special Thanks to Global Mixx’s Mary Datcher for the interview and David Nobel for setting it up.  Fusicology.com is a proud media sponsor of the 4th Annual Global Mixx Music Retreat.

FUSICOLOGY: Tell us about your new album, ‘Sketches of a Man’

DWELE: This album created an outlet of my artwork by creating an avenue for my drawings, sketches and recently my paintings I more recently got into in the start of 2007.

FUSICOLOGY: How does this album compare musically to the others?

DWELE: ‘Subject’ had a soulful vide, ‘Some Kind’ was more jazz and this is more hip hop influenced as well as by every day situations.

FUSICOLOGY: How’s Detroit’s scene right now?

DWELE: Detroit is still bubbling with more under the radar – it’s live!  From gospel to techno, hip hop to soul.  I perform every now and then, probably not as much as I should.

FUSICOLOGY: Tonight (in LA) is your first tour date, what other shows are you doing?

DWELE: New York is next, then Toronto and then back to the East Coast.

FUSICOLOGY: Which artists that you have not yet worked with, would you like to work with?

DWELE: Erykah Badu, Musiq, Ghostface Killah (I am a huge Wu Tang fan!) and if I could bring him back, Donnie Hathaway

FUSICOLOGY: What does the future hold?

DWELE: I flow, enjoying being an artist.  I may get into running a record label as well.  I have also been getting into photography and Final Cut.


Sketches of a Man Out Now on KOCH.

– Special Thanks to Ron E and the band.

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.

As one of the most powerful and accomplished women in the male-dominated music executive circle, Wendy Goldstein has signed, developed and made stars out of Common, Chingy, The Roots and Mos Def, among many others, while holding top positions at Capitol, Geffen and EastWest Records. Now, the Brooklyn-bred, Los Angeles-based music maverick has established her own Omerta Management company. Below, our Exclusive Interview with Wendy.

FUSICOLOGY: How did you get started?

WENDY GOLDSTEIN: I was a DJ at clubs all over New York City when I was 18 and 19 and ended up hanging out with A&R people, including the A&R Director at Epic Records in the mid 80’s. Their secretary quit so I took her position at 19; Besides publicists, the industry was very male dominated.

FUS: What have been you experiences as a woman in the industry?

W.G: Women have made a lot of strides, but on anther level, for every woman who broke through, she had to have tough skin to play with the boys. Back then, Human Resources was not an option. In todays world, people would be fired for some of the ways they treated women back then.

FUS: How do you see the future of the music industry?

W.G: I see huge changes with us going back to smaller boutique companies, where the power lies.

FUS: What is in store for your future with Vista Music Group and Omerta Management?

W.G: My heart lies with the conscious rap investing time in real talent.  Omerta Management works with Producers like the Underdogs who are doing big records. We have signed on a bunch of producers underneath them a la Motown.

I manage other artists like Stank who is Snoop’s artist – I like smart people with good energy. I also just launched a label, the 1st record is with Stank, who is being compared to Jeezy. Next month the single will go to radio.

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Thank you to Wendy for her time and insight and The Room Service Group for hooking up the interview.

GRAMMY nominated soul singer Raheem DeVaughn has a new album “Love Behind the Melody” out now on Zomba/Jive. Fusicology got to ask Raheem a few questions in our exclusive interview.

FUSICOLOGY: Tell us about the Prince Tribute Event that went down in DC on January 5th.

RAHEEM DEVAUGHN: I was the special surprise guest and sang “Adore” and “Kiss”. It was an event put on my MN8 and Marc Powers that had Martin Luther, Eric Roberson and my man W Ellington Felton performing – it was great!

FUS: Tell us about this new album.

RD: I am excited and glad that it’s out!

FUS: What do you think of the State of the Industry?

RD: I will continue to keep doing it like I have been from Day One – no one can sell you like you can.

FUS: You have a major tour coming up right?

RD: Yes, with Jill Scott starting February 5th. A full on US 30-city tour. Then I will continue onward worldwide.

FUS: Who do you want to work with that you have not had the pleasure to do so with yet?

RD: Sade, Dr. Dre, Dave Matthews Band…there are many people I’d love to work with.

FUS: Are you going to perform during GRAMMY weekend?

RD: An after party on Sunday after the Awards is being planned now.

Check out www.fusicology.com/raheemdevaughn for music, videos, links and widgets!

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Special Thanks to David Bell @ Zomba/Jive and the DC family we love!

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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