The News Review:
- Get Up Get ut
- Dancing offers more than exposure
- Zap Pow honoured 30 years after break-up
- Louder than life
- Theater troupe ready for its silver season
Get Up Get ut
San Diego Union Tribune – Aug 30, 2007
Break Dance And Hip Hop Jazz Salsa Ballroom and Modern dance classes. Culture Shock Dance Center 2110 Hancock St. cultureshockdancecenter.
Dancing offers more than exposure
stuff.co.nz – Aug 30, 2007
“Im showing you can achieve in parliament without name calling. ” While his stint on Dancing with the Stars may have ended Rodney was still taking to the dance floor. He said dancing was a good break from the stresses of political life because all he thought about was where his feet were going.
Zap Pow honoured 30 years after break-up
Jamaica Gleaner – Aug 30, 2007
The one who stayed the longest was Beres Hammond whom Pinkney credits with being “our best vocalist too”. Jamaica’s first show band”We were the first show band in Jamaica. Before that all the bands were dance bands. We originate the concept that you can have your own self-contained band that put on a show” he said in that story. Now Pinkney points out that “Third World and those guys who got big used to come and take us in right up front”. He adds that “there is a resurgence in the interest in Zap Pow’s music” as VP Records has just put out a compilation and Trojan Records is set to put out a collection in ctober. “As we speak one of our tracks Last War that is what made Collie Budz” he said as the deejay’s hit Come Around is on the rhythm for that song.
Louder than life
Al-Ahram Weekly – Aug 30, 2007
And that Kaboo added takes talent. Kaboo has been in the business for four years but his awareness of the profession extends far further. Hip Hop which emerged in the 1970s among African Americans and Latinos in New York City is made up of four elements he explains: rapping deejaying break-dancing and street art – mainly graffiti. It was a way for the city’s minorities to assert themselves under persecution – a spirit that informerd the Jamaican DJ Kool Herc inventor of the break-beat technique and the former Black Spade gang member Afrika Bambaataa “the father of Hip Hop” who created the first Hip Hop track featuring synthesizers Planet Rock and played an instrumental role in the growth of Hip Hop out of the South Bronx. Deejaying had flourished for some time having accmpanied the development of sound systems and the emergence of house music in the ghettos of Kingston Jamaica and Chicago in the late 1950s. Parties began to take place on the streets in parks and stadiums with DJs using the loudest possible speakers. As Kaboo goes on to point out “These parties quickly became profitable because their organisors would sell food and alcohol as well as admission tickets which in turn led to fierce competition among DJs for the biggest sound systems and the newest records… ” Some became obsessive about what they played going the extra mile to ensure that no one knew what they were spinning. All through the 1960s and 1970s the phenomenon gained popularity in Europe and America where neighbourhood block parties came to be modelled on them giving the deejaying business the ultimate thrust. But it was the rave scene that transformed both dance and deejaying as Darwish points out: it was then that thanks to innovative marketing DJs started to become superstars. But since the day of DJ Frankie Knuckles who mixed disco classics with European pop in the Warehouse Club in Chicago names like Tiesto Paul kenfold Paul Van Dyk and Nadia Ali from II have emerged. Among the factors that tell DJs apart from each other Darwish explains are the setting the preferred medium and the development of sound manipulation techniques. In Egyptian dance music circles the likes of Khaled Abdel-Rahman Tamer Fouda and Khaled Hussien have managed to make it touring the world to play with such big names as Hernan Cattaneo Sonique and Anthony Pappa. Hussien received first place in the DJ Mixing Competition and was named Egypt’s most popular DJ on yallabina.
Theater troupe ready for its silver season
St. Petersburg Times – Aug 30, 2007
This is the second year for the Broadway series which provided a big boost for ticket sales last year Bissett said. That helps offset the financial support provided by the city which is about $480000 per year Bissett said. The children's series will start off with Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular a high-energy tribute to break-dancing an urban dance style that grew out of the hip-hop music movement in the 1970s. Along with more traditional children's tales like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Ugly Duckling the series will include Shanghai Circus a Chinese acrobatic troupe that has performed on Broadway. In addition to the array of theater productions the venue will continue to host oldies and tribute bands which Bissett refers to as "boomer bands" for their ability to draw middle-aged listeners. Popular groups such as the Kingston Trio and Atlanta Rhythm Section will return. Rick Derringer perhaps best known for Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo and Ambrosia will perform for the first time at the center.