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Published: 08/01/2013 | 0 Comments Posted
The Brother From Another Planet
Welcome to City Paper’s newest column, offering news and views on the global hip-hop movement with a special focus on the fertile and dynamic Philly scene.
As if the summer of 2013 couldn’t get any weirder or more awesome, legendary Philly DJ/producer/impresario King Britt will be presenting a live audio/visual remix of John Sayles’ 1984 Afro-futurist cult classic Brother from Another Planet as a part of the BlackStar Film Festival. Britt and friends do the music while visual artist Jason Senk rearranges the film’s sequencing — all 100 percent improvised. Fri., Aug. 2, Johnny Brenda’s.
Rap + karaoke = the best idea ever, right? Put those endless hours of watching Yo! MTV Raps to good use in front of the raucous crowd at Hip-Hop Karaoke, hosted by MC Elixir. This ain’t your drunk uncle’s karaoke, though. You gotta be on point and actually know the lyrics. No prompters. No screens. Just two turntables and a microphone. Pre-register: moc.liamg@512APKHH. Sun., Aug. 4, The M Room.
Hip-hop and spoken-word pioneers The Last Poets will be rocking The Blockley as a part of the PSA monthly concert series. All proceeds fund a feature-length documentary on the life of former Black Panther and current U.S. political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. Sun., Aug. 4, The Blockley.
In response to the issues facing the city’s youth, The Hip-Hop Party for the People is organizing the second annual Philly Stand Up! “The Take Over” Youth Parade. The parade will feature performances by artists, musicians, drummers and youth dance groups. Sat., Aug. 17, starts 11 a.m. at Love Park, ends at Broad and Erie streets.
Rounding out the summer: Theatre in the X is staging Amiri Baraka’s classic experimental play A Black Mass, originally performed in the ’60s, with a score from the Sun Ra Arkestra. One of the show’s curators/performers is rapper/actor Carlo Campbell, aka Afloe. Sun., Aug. 25, Malcolm X Park.
I just got word from my man DJ Duiji 13 that there will be some extra-special-surprise dopeness on deck for the Aug. 29 edition of The Gathering — Philly’s longest-running monthly hip-hop event — so I’ll definitely be in the house. Last Thursday of every month, The Rotunda.
Peace and love till next time.
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