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Sonic Goodies: Africa Undone

In celebration of their 2 year anniversary party tomorrow, the Lunchboxtheory crew have released a new mix called, Africa Undone, and did a revamp of their site.  I have to say it is definitely my favorite mix thus far. I couldn’t help but dance in my chair as I sat listening late into the night. Take a listen for yourself here:

 

So make sure you listen to the mix and prep real good for the party tomorrow night at Bossa Lounge in Adams Morgan. Also, be prepared to listen to the delicatable sounds of Heturu and the hypnotizing mixes of Dj Underdog and Dj Camjus. Also word is, there will be delicious homemade treats for everyone!

See you there!

Selamawit

EVENTS: Halloween Week

Monday, Oct. 25

Underworld , a British electronica duo, is performing at 930 club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, DC. Doors open 7pm.  Buy tickets here.

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PURE Monday’s Open Mic. 21+ event held every Monday at Pure Lounge, 1326 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 9:00 pm – 01:00 am. More info here.

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Tuesday, Oct. 26

Hustlepalooza: The Cool Kids, Stalley, Lyriciss and others at U Street Music Hall. 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 9pm Show. Buy Tickets here.

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DC Drag Queen Race 2010: Costume Drag Queen Show and Race. Location is Dupont Circle, specifically 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW. Starts at 9pm.

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Wednesday, Oct. 27

Arabian Sights Film Festival at Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001. Oct.21-31st. New Films from Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Morocco, Lebanon, and others. Get your tickets here.

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Thursday, Oct. 28

AFROBEAT FOR YA SOUL…FELABRATION–Africa 70’s Style Edition-Bossa Lounge-2463 18th St NW, Party Starts at 9pm, $5 at the door, Free Face Painting

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ReadysetDC & STROGA Present: Fashion District Fall/Winter: Fashion Show, Art Installation, Pop-Ups, and Social. At STROGA-1808 Adams Mill Road. 7pm-12am. Get tickets and more info here.

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FRIDAY, Oct. 29

Civilian Art Projects launches two new photography exhibitions of work by women artists. The America Project: Utopia, new work by celebrated photographer Noelle K. Tan; and REMOTE, a group photography exhibition featuring Lisa K. Blatt, Lely Constantinople, Kate MacDonnell, and E. Brady Robinson opens on Friday, October 29, 2010. 7-9pm.1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC.

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Midnight Marauders: Night of Hip/Hop music featuring Nike Nando, Chris Barz, Cloud 9, Jay Fresh Kicks, Black Sand, Lola Maxwell, Hassani Kwess, Mr. Make Moves, Surrel, Darren Hanible, Nate Greyski, Obii Say, Kelow, Foreign English, and King Swagg. Hosted by Stef–DJ Juslissen Slector. All Ages. $5. Everlasting Life Cafe–2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC 20001. 7pm-12am.

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Mark your calendars and make sure to go out and support all these great events!

Selamawit

VIDEO RECAP: Blitz the Ambassador Show

Remember the Blitz the Ambassador Event I told you guys about late last month? In between getting face-painted, scooping a drink up (a nice cola, no alcohol needed for me that night…who says you gotta drink to have a great time?!!?) , and saying hello to some familiar faces, I was tweeting away about the event…Now if you were following my tweets, you could read that I was having a truly great time, just as I predicted I would. Despite the rain, the crowd was growing bigger and bigger as the hour went on. And the performance?? Well it was surprisingly great. Honestly, I hadn’t heard of Blitz till the collective efforts of  Lunchboxtheory, Bernos, OkayAfrica,and Fusicology brought him and the entire band to DC to perform for the event.  It was honestly lots of fun, and I think it is safe to say that anyone who made it there despite the rain would agree. It made me think…all hip/hop acts should have a band and/or work with as much live instrumentation as possible. It was a refreshing showcase of hip/hop artistry and definitely nice to see the gap closing up between Africa and hip/hop that has been arguably in existence for quite some time. And well,  if you made the poor decision to miss out because of a few too many raindrops here is a video recap of what you missed out on:

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Selamawit

EVENT: Afrobeat 4Ya Soul feat. Blitz the Ambassasdor

In just under 2 weeks on Thursday, September 30th the great folks behind Lunchbox Theory , along with Bernos, Okay Africa and Fusicology are throwing their monthly Afrobeat 4Ya Soul party but with a nice twist! This time it will be featuring Blitz the Ambassador, notable Ghanian-American hip-hop artist and his live band in a different venue just for this special night, at LIV (11th & Ust). DJ Underdog will be spinning nothing but records as usual for all you Afrobeat fiends. Advance tickets are only $10 and at the door it’ll still be an affordable $15. Matter of fact while you are here, take a second now and get your tickets here.

Mark your calendars. Don’t miss out!

Hope to see ya there,

Selamawit

P.S. Wondering what is Afrobeat? How do you dance to this? What should you expect when you go to this dope event? Well take a listen to their new mixtape, AFRICA AFRICA AFRICA 3

DOWNLOAD HERE.

THIRD MONDAYS: SXSW EDITION

If I were to go to SXSW….

For one reason or another I am no longer going to be in Austin for this year’s South by Southwest Arts Festival. It’s definitely been a bittersweet decision but looking back I’ll be definitely fine with it and so will my bank account. With that being said, instead of doing the usual Eclectic Eight, I decided that I’d  share what I think will be the most promising or interesting acts to watch perform if I were to go to SXSW. So here are my picks:

1) We Are Scientists

2) The Chevelles

3) Broken Social Scene

4)The 88

5) Ólöf Arnalds

6) Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea

7)Twin Atlantic

8 )The Boxer Rebellion

9)Dead Sexy

10) Toro Y Moi

11) Kidz in the Hall

12)She & Him

13)Spoon

14)Grand Analog

15)Solange Knowles

16)Dengue Fever

17) Rhymefest

18) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Don’t agree with my picks? Think there are others worth adding to the list? If you are attending, let me know who you are looking forward to seeing!

-Selamawit

SIGHTS & SOUNDS: Film Festival

DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

FILM FESTIVAL, MUSIC FESTIVAL, SEMINARS, RECEPTIONS: March 4 – 14th 2010

Location: Navy Memorial Museum – Heritage Center/ Burke Theatre

Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Entrance – between D Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, at 8th Street)

INDEPENDENT SUMMIT ON THE HILL: March 4, 9am

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room (Room 2168)

Address: Entrance – Independence Avenue, SE, between 1st St and Capitol Street, SE

More info on times, tickets and films here.

Don’t miss out!

-Selamawit

SIGHTS & SOUNDS

EVENTS

Here are some great events you all should check out to help you round out this month.

Monday, 2/22

Free Film Screening and Discussion of SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
in Georgetown at Letelier Theater. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Details about the event and more info about the film and how to RSVP can be found here. If you enjoy going out to Film events, you can check out the Washington Film MeetUp Group here.

Letelier Theater

3251 Prospect Street, NW (map)
Washington, DC 20007

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Tuesday, 2/23

Up and Up’s Open Mic Night at Liv. Presented by a group of talented  individuals from the DMV area. This open mic event occurs every Tuesday with happy hour starting at 6pm. The House Band is Mambo Sauce and there is a collaboration of music, comedy, and poetry that is showcased throughout the night. More info here.

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Wednesday, 2/24

Free Classical Concert at the National Gallery of Art at 12:10pm. Music by African American composers and being presented in honor of African American History Month. The musical showcase is going to be in the West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall. For more info go here.

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Thursday, 2/25

AFROBEAT THURSDAYS: Monthly party held at Bossa Lounge in Adams Morgan. Downstairs live performance by Elikeh and upstairs DJ Underdog spins nothing but records. (Check out my past reviews of it here).

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Friday 2/26

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. An ongoing exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian focusing on the lives of people of dual African American and Native American ancestry. Museum is open from 10am-5pm. More info here.

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Saturday, 2/27

National Geographic Presents…Global Glimpses Series Showing all Foreign Film nominees for this year’s Oscars in the Grosvenor Auditorium. A 5-film pass is $35 and single tickets are $8. Event starts at 7pm. For more info go here.

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Sunday, 2/28

The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present is an exhibit at the Anacostia Museum. Exhibit showcases the history and strong African presence in Mexican culture. For more info go here.

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Make sure you check out these great events!

-Selamawit