Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Showstravaganza:: Afrika Bambaataa!

Now that the holiday break is well and truly in the rear-view mirror, I thought I'd get the Showstravaganza posts back up and smoking, mainly because there are some really great shows on deck here in the coming weeks. Many of said shows will be part of the 2010 edition of the In The Dead of Winter festival which is going down on the 26th-30th here in Halifax at various venues (check out the schedule here).

That said, let's not sell this weekend short, for one main reason: Afrika Bambaataa! Yes, THAT Afrika Bambaataa, the founder of the Universal Zulu Nation and one of the most beloved hip hop pioneers you could hope to find (Bambaataa's background is an awesome read, if you don't know it already, check it out). Honestly, you could play me Planet Rock an infinite amount of times and I would never get tire of it. I wonder if all the kids who love the "electro rap" jams that have become popular in the last couple years really know who originally thought to mesh hip hop with the electronic nuttiness of someone like Kraftwork. Well, you, and they, can see who it was tonight at the Paragon as Bambaataa returns to Halifax. Honestly, if I wasn't so old and crotchety, I'd be at this for sure.

That's not all this weekend has to offer though, as Monotonix also returns to Halifax to play the Paragon with Black Moor and A History Of tomorrow night. Monotonix' HPX show from a couple years ago still talked about due to the both the intense rocking and zany antics this Tel Aviv trio brought to Gus' that night. Will this show be the same? Only one way to find out...

MP3:: Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock

MP3:: Monotonix - Set Me Free

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