September 15, 2016

NATIVES presents: Afro Beta Live!! The Unified Voices Edition

On Saturday September 24th, 2016 Afro Beta will be aligning with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture to celebrate the grand opening of the museum through their “Lift Every Voice” Campaign. This historic evening will bring together cultural organizations from across the world in the name of celebrating the diverse and myriad contributions of peoples within the African diaspora.
Since 2009, Afro Beta has served as the city of Richmond's open cultural gathering unifying community, tradition, and dance under One Global Groove. The Afro Beta “Unified Voices Edition” is a satellite celebration in RVA that will parallel the performances of groups such as The Roots and Public Enemy on the same day at the grand opening events at the NMAAHC in Washington DC. By bringing robust elements of local music, art, and culture together, this Afro Beta session in Manchester on Richmond's southside will feature some of the best of what RVA has to offer. This event also provides a worthy community engagement opportunity as it is a fundraiser for the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project, a collection of local artists looking to bring historically relevant murals to Jackson Ward, and Free Jambalaya, an RVA-based non-profit theater troupe.

Event Participants
The U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project is a community art initiative that will bring together five artists to paint historically relevant murals in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. Often referred to as “the Harlem of the South,” Jackson Ward thrived as both an entertainment crossroads and financial mecca that also earned it the name “Black Wall Street”. Two of the artists involved with the project will 
RAMSEY is an RVA-based multi-media artist that expresses himself through a wide variety of forms. For Unified Voices he will be bringing to life one of his canvas creations that reflect his dedication to the medium.
Michon Pittman has been working on murals in RVA for the past 5 years and will be completing an exciting new mural for her part of the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project. For Afro Beta Live she will be creating a live digital painting via projection that showcases her unique skills as an artist of many mediums. 
Digital projections, abstract visuals, and illumination support will be provided by Sky Life.

If you combined all of the elements of modern American music as it relates to the African diaspora, you would get RVA's Devonne Harris aka DJ Harrison. Whether presenting as a jazz drummer, funk keyboardist, or sample slayer he consistently represents a possible future of music that brings us back to the essence of the groove while moving the culture straight ahead. His live projects Butcher Brown and Kings are being recognized for opening up the boundaries of the new musical aesthetic, while his production work for artists such as Sam Reed and Tennyshu keep him firmly planted in the sample-based production culture.
Ohbliv is an RVA native that defines the seemingly contradictory aesthetic of being an "underground star" in the hip hop community. Where emcees have gone South in most people's eyes, Beat Conductors like Ohbliv keep the essence of hip hop culture alive one limited run release at a time.
Victor Haskins + Moving Sound Pictures bridges the gap between traditional jazz and future electronica. Haskins brings a unique blend of cosmic sounds to his solo project.
The first guest to ever DJ at Afro Beta was DJ Tru Blu, and we are happy to have him as part of this celebration to complete our cipher. From alpha to omega, Tru Blu represents with fresh house and soul sounds that define his vibes on the set.
Mikemetic has been moving masses up and down the East Coast since the mid 90s and will be dedicating an early DJ set to the influence of the African Diaspora on American music in the forms of jazz, hip hop, breakbeat, and soul.
The Afro Beta Massive will be bring their unique blend of modern tribal drumming to round out the soundscape for this event. As a true mash-up of the past and the future, Mikemetic and the ABS represent the musical manifestation of modern afrofuturism.
Reggie Carter is one of the Founding Fathers of RVA's electronic DJ scene and has been making moves in Philly since leaving the Cap City over a decade ago.  As one of the originators of the weekly Broken Beat Lounge sessions, Reggie continues to push soundscapes forward with fresh sounds of house and downtempo.
DJ Sayeed is one of RVA's true Ambassadors for Hip Hop. He is the host of The Bum Rush Show on University of Richmond radio on Fridays from 9-11pm and continues to represent the true elements of classic hip hop culture.

Food and Drink
Black Heath Meadery will be providing their original libation blends. Mead, which originated in Africa over 20,000 years ago, is the world's oldest fermented drink.
The Nile has been an original supporter of Afro Beta and continues to support the movement by providing deliciously accessible menu items for a genuine taste of Ethiopia.

Rhythm has always been at the heart of the diverse musical sounds of the Diaspora, and Afro Beta has always been about inviting and responding to the Call of the Drum. All are welcome at Afro Beta, and our Live sessions often feature members of Drums No Guns, the Latin Ballet of Virginia,Claves Unidos, and many other organizations that believe in the power of rhythm in shaping personal expression through movement. 

The Afro Beta "Unified Voices Edition" will provide the Capital City with a way to meaningfully engage RVA's arts and culture community. It is also an opportunity to "Lift Every Voice" in unison with organizations across the world that are celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Come be a part of this historic gathering!!! 

$10 Advance Tickets / $15 At The Door
All Ages (kids 12 and under free)
Free parking is available in the lot at 4th and Hull Sts.

September 13, 2016

[New Music] Eternia - Keep U (Prod by Apathy)

Eternia returns with a reminisce over you, teenage love style joint.  Feel it like I feel it!

"Taking stock of the music she has released over the years, Eternia certainly has a case to be ranked as one of Canada's most consistent hip-hop lyricists. Critically acclaimed, she's snagged two Juno noms and a Polaris long list selection for At Last, her collaboration with producer Moss in 2011. It's been a while since she's released anything new, but "Keep U" impressively breaks the silence on her hiatus."

CBC MUSIC 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week:
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ETERNIA & DJ Law perform Sept 29 @ Lee's Palace (TORONTO, CANADA)

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[New Music] Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets) - Bum Rush Ft. Shawn Chappelle

[New Music] Wax Tailor ft. Ghostface Killah - Worldwide (Official Video)

Wax Tailor is joined by Shaolin keeper of the gate Ghostface Killah on "Worldwide" - the second cut off his upcoming album. This hip-hop production with psychedelic rock influences unveils another side to the musical road trip, By Any Beats Necessary due out 10/14 via Le Plan. "Worldwide" takes us on a loop around the world from the perspective of the touring artist; 20 years of hustle and backstage drama is packed into this 2-minute-and-30-second single.

"It's a funky, smooth joint interspersed with 8-bit video game blips and bleeps and cleverly syncopated boom-bap drums as Ghostface spits braggadacios bars about his global cachet. As for the video, crude drawings of Tailor and Ghost leap off the paper in a stop-motion-like fashion as the rapper's lyrics appear on screen in several inventive ways. The French producer has been criminally slept-on for quite some time, hopefully he'll get some much-deserved attention for his newest full-length." - via

[New Music] EDO.G & Shabaam Sahdeeq - Play To Win ft. Torae & DJ Eclipse (Prod. By Fokis)

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Edo. G and Shabaam Sahdeeq let loose a fresh new track called “Play To Win”, Produced by Fokis. The track features Torae and cuts by DJ Eclipse making this an east coast banger of the highest caliber. With this premiere is the announcement of an EP called "Recognize Your Power"pairing the Boston hip-hop legend and Rawkus alum with production entirely handled by Lower East Side based emcee/producer Fokis (MC Eiht, Planet Asia, N.O.R.E, Sadat X, Canibus).

The Recognize Your Power EP will drop on 10/14 via Loyalty Digital Corp (pre-order link below). Besides Torae and DJ Eclipse, other guests on the release will include Ras Kass, Oh No, Planet Asia and Craig G. Speaking on the title of the EP, Fokis elaborated saying “one has the freedom and ability to do as he or she pleases. You can work hard or play hard, you can make this kind of music or make that kind of music. The choice is yours. It’s all about the free will of man and what you choose to do with your power.”
As a special bonus to fans, if you pre-order the EP now, you will receive an immediate download of the “Play To Win” track plus you will get an audio shout out at the end of the EP.

[New Music] J Scienide - Spike Nolan

New Music from Washington, DC based emcee/producer J Scienide. As J is putting the finishing touches on his debut EP "The Actual Heat" on Official Crate Music, he is blessing us with a few gems. This one is called Spike Nolan and it's produced by J Scienide, with cuts by DJ Jon Doe, and mixed by Kev Brown. Check it out!

January 15, 2016


Underground staple and lyrical assasin Shabaam Sahdeeq releases " GMR " the first single/music video off of his brand new album titled, TIMELESS: The Collection. Fusing art and hard hip hop to bring you an entirely new genre... hip-art. Directed by Rhugid Lee for Rhugid Productions. Courtesy of Marvial Music and Rhugid Productions.

January 07, 2016

The New Technics SL-1200G Model

I don't know about y'all but I'm will never see the light of these next to my mixer.  I hear these jokers are running around $4000..."I hope I see you next life time" (in my Badu voice)

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Greetings from CES in Las Vegas – the Fusicology team loves starting the year out here!  Panasonic has updated their Technics 1200 turntable with the new 50th anniversary limited edition premium / serial number plated Grand Class SL-1200GAE available this summer in a run of just 1,200 units, along with the Grand Class Technics SL-1200G becoming available later this year.
For the purists (like us) the form of the classic turntable looks essentially the same, minus the additional ‘G’, with the upgrades being internal.  A new “coreless direct-drive motor used to correct and suppress any vibrations from the turntable’s electric motorcorrected using new processor-controlled rotational positioning sensors inside the SL-1200G’s”

((NEW HEAT!!!)) Antagonist Dragonspit - The Authentic (prod. The Strength​/​Cuts by DJ Sayeed)

March 11, 2015

DJ EFN Ft. Masta Ace, Thirstin Howl III, Sa-Roc & Umar Bin Hassan


Check out the latest compilation by DJ EFN - 'Power' Ft. Sa-Roc, Masta Ace, Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets) and Lo-Life general Thirstin Howl III. Another Time LP is available NOW on iTunes check it out and support!

*Pre-Order your special limited edition copy on Vinyl, CD or Tape before the April 14th release  -