this was a little update i sent out to collegues in early july.  made some additions and took away some outdated things and voila:

quantic‘s tour with the amazing quantic y su combo barbaro kicks off in london on july 27th (dates include playing at a castle in scotland, big chill fest, spain, poland, etc). check out photos of the band rehearsing:
…his masterful blend of hip-hop and cumbia on the ‘hip hop en cumbia‘ vinyl-only release w/ serato (which sold-out online) has me whistling non-stop. stream cumbia-fied pete rock + CL smooth’s ‘they reminisce over you: t.r.o.y’ on prefix magazine. after 15 years as a producer, DJ, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, record collector and immensely talented bloke, tru thoughts will release ‘quantic’s best of’ on Sept 5 in europe (pre-order now) and Sept 13 in usa, coinciding with tour of USA the end of sept through early oct. if you’re interested in bookings, contact ian @ autonomous music.

npr music named new track ‘dona sandra‘ (w/ dublin-based producer, orquesta) one of the ‘best beats of the summer 2011.’ dame dash’s creative control just released this video:

….you really get a sense of a zuzuka #power show from the video and her inspiration; drawing from NYC and all her interracial babies…check out ZUZUKA POWER TOUR dates: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Brooklyn and…

…THE SPOT (NYC)/July 13 – 30th
rocking alongside Zuzuka will be panama-via-the-bay’s LOS RAKAS and washington heights mad decent diva MALUCA, and XAO productions DJ COMRADE for a private (meaning…free booze!) show on july 21st – did i mention...RSVP only! ‘The Spot‘ events have all been announced…get with the program NYC!

…read the latest newsletter for the full raka scoop. updated tourdates (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City <previously mentioned RSVP-only ‘the spot’ and 8.20 for Central Park Summerstage>..and Colombia!). ‘chancletas y camisetas bordada EP‘ drops august 23rd

….the new video for the sticky-icky ‘hierba‘ dropped on check out raka rich + raka dun’s interview from snoop dogg’s ‘spring gathering festival’ earlier this month. and if that wasn’t enough, raka rich has a mixtape out called ‘el flow californiano: mixtape vol 1‘ – this is my favorite track from it…how about you?  latest interview from worldup:

the epic and groundbreaking new album, ‘native sun‘ is out now [listen], with lead video ‘best i can‘ on rotation on MTV + ‘the embassy ensemble’ blazing through festival dates on their europe tour now. blitz just signed with usa booking agency, monterey international (P-Funk, Robert Randolph, etc, etc) – look out america! live performance in nyc on august 7th alongside spoek mathambo + chief boima at lincoln center out of doors’ ‘live from the continent.‘ also, read blitz’s picks for film, art and sports in okayplayer’s revivalist – super interesting choices! ‘native sun’ + blitz on NPR’s WEEKEND EDITION.

Baloji (who Embassy MVMT/conrazon produced his US-debut in January) performed in the USA the last couple of weeks. I got to see him perform at Weeksville in Bed Stuy and then at Summerstage.  Watch THIS if you’ve never heard of him and thank me later.  Check out this interview in World Up! and visit his website here.

Saturday, July 9th @ 11:30 PM = Celebrating Electro Tropical with Rita Indiana (DR’s Futu-Merengue Icon) X Geko Jones (Que Bajo!?) (invite) SOLD OUT! Watch footage:

Friday, July 29 @ 10 PM = Brasil Summerfest ¡BaileFiesta! DJ Nuts, Bodega (LA), Comrade, Geko Jones | INFO

Monday, August 1st @ 6:30 PM= Fresh, Bold and So Def Women w/ Ana Tijoux (w/ band), Nitty Scott, MC, Jasmine Solano, Angel Haze and Genesis Be (+ NYU’s Martha Diaz panel @ 6:30 PM) | INFO


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