Finding Fela is making its debut in theaters around the country after the Sundance premiere this past January. Alex Gibney’s documentary about the late musician/activist explores his life and work. Showtimes are listed on the film’s site and where there is no showing, fans can request a screening in their town.
Daily Archives: July 1, 2014
Souls of Mischief and Snoop Dogg are in the video for “There Is Only Now” which tells the story of a teenaged love in the midst of B-boys and B-girls.
Washington, DC (July 1, 2014) – HedRush Music in partnership with the Hip Hop Theatre Festival and Heineken present the 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser. On Thursday July 17, 2014 J Dilla fans from across the globe will join together to celebrate the life of a legend at the 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser. The event will take place at the historic Howard Theatre located at 620 T St NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 8:00PM and the Show begins at 8:30 PM.The 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser will not only feature a dynamic talent line up, but an exciting announcement from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opening the show will be DC’s home grown talent Kokayi, RA the MC, Maimouna, Awthentik, Laelo, Kaimbr, Gods’Illa, Asheru & Hezekiah.
The 2014 headline performers are Phife Dawg, N’dea Davenport, Bahamadia, who is making a rare performance in U.S. and Pharoahe Monch. Phife Dawg is one third of the dynamic trio A Tribe Called Quest. ATCQ was one of the first hip hop groups in the 90s to achieve worldwide success. Phife continues to produce music that hits in the lives of a new generation of music listeners. In January of this year Phife released a single titled “Dear Dilla” to revive and celebrate the life of J. Dilla. N’dea Davenport is a recording artist and producer, best known for her work as a vocalist in the UK band The Brand New Heavies. N’dea will be traveling halfway across the globe to perform at the J. Dilla Tribute Concert. Bahamadia, known as the reigning Queen of Hip Hop, rose to royalty through popular underground and commercial success beginning in 1993. Over the years Bahamadia has managed to balance her underground prominence with commercial success and has expanded her global fan base from Japan to Europe and across the USA. Bahamadia is currently working on her first EVER project of its kind “Dialed Up.” Pharoahe Munch set the rap game a blaze with his first album Internal Affairs in 1999. Known for his complex lyrics, delivery, and multisyllabic rhymes schemes Pharoahe Monch re-emerged with a new concept project which finds the ground-breaking emcee tackling his fourth project PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
James “J Dilla” Yancey was a GRAMMY award-winning producer who inspired millions with his music including artist like Common, Raekwon, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and many many more. On February 10, 2006 just three days after his 32nd birthday, J Dilla passed away after a long time of suffering with Lupus. Cultural Curator Munch Joseph and HedRush Music created the DC Loves Dilla movement as a way to celebrate J Dilla and honor his career works. “Carrying on the musical legacy of J Dilla for the 9th year and counting is something HedRush and myself look forward to. Personally, it’s my way of paying homage to a great creator as well as doing our part to continually add balance to urban music. Dilla’s music accomplishes that on many levels,” says Munch Joseph when asked the motivation behind the Tribute Concert ad Fundraiser.
For tickets and more information about the J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser, please visit: http://dclovesdilla2014.eventbrite.com. Proceeds will benefit the J Dilla Foundation and The Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington D.C.
“My Victory” is from the forthcoming soundtrack to MK Asante’s 2013 award-winning memoir, Buck. The music is produced by J.Dilla and it’s from his Rebirth Of Detroit Instrumentals. Maya Angelou’s vocals are lifted from The Black Candle which is a 2008 documentary about African-American culture and Kwanzaa directed by Asante.THE BUCK: ORIGINAL BOOK SOUNDTRACK will be released to the public for free in the Fall.