Wed October 16th, 2013
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 9:00PM
Show Time: 9:00PM
After putting on last year’s can’t-miss show, NPR Music presents another genre blending and mind blowing bill during the CMJ Music Marathon, on Wednesday, October 16 at 9pm (ET) from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The event will be available to everyone in a live video stream at NPR.org/music, in the NPR Music mobile apps, and archived after the show at NPR Music.
Fans planning to be in New York City for the conference have the opportunity to attend the concert. Free tickets will be offered on Thursday, October 10 on a first come, first serve basis. Check the All Songs Considered blog, @NPRMusic and @NPRHipHop for more information.
Committed to giving audiences the best in live performance, the NPR Music showcase features appearances by four compelling acts: PUSHA T, OMAR SOULEYMAN, CULTS & ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD
As a proud supporter of NPR Music, Maker’s Mark will feature signature cocktails at the live showcase.
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This is a general admission, standing event.
The rapper, previously best known for his work with his brother in the acclaimed duo Clipse, hits the stage to perform songs from his just-released solo debut, My Name Is My Name. Visit Microphone Check to see the video for “Nosetalgia”, featuring Kendrick Lamar.
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Hailing from Syria, Omar Souleyman’s music is rooted in Dabke, a modern Levantine Arab folk circle dance of possible Canaanite or Phoenician origin. Hailed as an “unexpected preacher of love”, Souleyman has become a worldwide sensation in modern world and electronic music circles, though he began his career as a wedding singer in Syria. Who could’ve foreseen that a wedding singer from Ras al-Ayn, Syria with over 500 albums under his belt would become a cult hero amongst world and electronic music connoisseurs? But there is an undeniable bond between the legacy the 50-year-old delves in – a synthesized version of Dabke – and so-called acid house. Artists like Björk, Four Tet (who produced his breakthrough album Wenu Wenu), Modeselektor and Gilles Peterson are honored to have worked with a master like Souleyman. With so much strife in the modern world, there’s comfort to be found in how this Syrian sings about the great theme of love as the war drum beat rages on carelessly. This is, after all, music’s virtue: the ability to dissolve us in time and space, building bridges where walls previously were to be found.
The Syrian musician continues to use his art as a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures.”- Noisey
A day after the release of its sophomore LP Static, the alt-pop duo celebrates on its home turf with NPR Music. Fans can get ready to sing along and coordinate dance moves by streaming the First Listen now.
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad
DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a hip-hop icon. As one-third of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, his influence and impact on the musical landscape is still felt today. The soft-spoken and contemplative Brooklyn native began a life of music at an early age, spending years DJing parties in his Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood before co-founding Tribe in 1985. The group’s socially conscious lyrics and unique production style heavy on ‘60s and ’70s jazz, funk, and rock samples sound as innovative today as they did two decades ago.
Muhammad carried that classic sound into the production unit The Ummah with Jay Dilla and Q-Tip, and continued working with artists including Faith Evans, Mos Def, D’Angelo. In 1999, he co-founded the Grammy nominated all-star trio Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue, and Raphael Saadiq, of Tony! Toni! Toné! The group’s organic and sexy fusion of funk, rock, R&B, and hip-hop revealed Muhammad’s growing musical maturity.
After Lucy Pearl, Muhammad focused his attention on his production company and developing new talent. In 2004, he released the very personal and adventurous solo debut LP Shaheedulah and Stereotypes, featuring some of his new proteges. Steadily working on material for a follow-up solo album, Muhammad set up a studio with Martin “Doc” McKinney of Esthero and Weeknd fame a few years later and continued writing and collaborating with other artists as well.
Last year, Muhammad received an invitation from Adrian Younge to work on fellow Golden Era legends Souls of Mischief’s There Is Only Now project. He narrated the album, playing a DJ for fictional local Oakland radio station K-NOW, while providing background music to accompany the narration. The results were impressive enough to ignite a creative burst in the two producers that quickly produced an album’s worth of material in a matter of weeks. Muhammad shares his thoughts on Younge, “He’s such an easy person to work with, he has such vision when it comes to music. We really get each other, and that’s the other fun part of creating and finding a partner you’re on the same wavelength with.”
Excited to support the There Is Only Now album, Muhammad got to work on a ten-track remix album that carefully re-imagines the original. Looking for a different mix and sound, Muhammad shares, “I wanted to make it as emotional and moving as the original compositions. So even though it’s a remix, it has the feeling of an original work. But bringing something else to the sound.”
As Muhammad and Younge ready their debut collaborative effort, their musical bond only grows stronger. The duo’s studied and immersive brand of hip-hop brings both a sense of musicianship to the genre, and a DJ sensibility to contemporary music making. The sound is a sophisticated blend of Muhammad’s warm jazz-inflected chord progressions and Younge’s heavy psych-drenched soul leanings that brings jazz, hip-hop, and soul into this century. With appearances including Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, and Cee Lo, the album is slated for release later this year. In the meantime, Muhammad continues to share his musical vision with the world on remixes by the likes of Broken Bells and Maroon 5, and performing as a DJ around the globe.
Bio written by Andre Torres
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