thePeople - Saturday - June 25th
with special guest Dego
alongside residents Cali, Cecil, and Be Brown
hosted by heyLove* & Ms. Nabong
Happy Birthday heyLove*
The New Parish
579 18th St | Oakland
10pm - 2am
$5 before 11 / $10 after
SPECIAL GUEST DJ * DEGO
One of the goals of thePeople is to satisfy Oakland's taste for word class underground music–the stuff that cultural centers like London and New York are expected to have, but less cosmo spots like Pittsburg and Boise don't usually get to see. This month's special guest hits the target dead-on and is further evidence that our fair city is not only a fountain of creativity but a beacon for creators from around the world. Enter Dego, stage left.
Hailing from the headquarters of forward-looking soul, Dego has been a "hero" of the world-wide underground for decades with projects that invigorated, but–at the same time–defied almost every conceivable soul-based genre: hip-hop, soul, jungle, drum'n'bass, house, downtempo, and broken beat. An award-winning producer, song-writer, and dj, Dego is probably best known as a founding member of the truly legendary electro soul-n-bass orchestra, 4Hero.
Dego and his prodcution partner Marc Mac, used cutting edge digital production infused with Philly-soul styled live arrangements to cultivate an epic, cinematic sound that somehow never departed from the genre-bending rhythms that underpinned it. They piled up hot tracks featuring luminaries like Jill Scott, Ursuala Rucker, Azymuth and Terry Callier. The result was a slough of absolutely must-have records, including "Two-pages" and "Creating Patterns," that satisfied both hard-core beat junkies and fans of dreamy-eyed soul.
Apparently, this wasn't enough for Dego. In 1998, he established the 2000 Black collective, named after a 1975 Roy Ayers recording. In keeping with the dynamic nature of London's underground scene, 2000 Black abandoned genre in exchange for a strategy focused on quality. That lead to classic releases from the likes of Seiji and Bembue Segue. Meanwhile, Dego has released music and remixes under numerous aliases including Tek 9 and Jacob's Optical Stairway, along with monstrous broken-beat classics as part of bands like DKD. Then, of course, there was the release of the game-changing self titled debut by Silhouette Brown a band originally made up of Dego, Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic), and vocalist Debra Jordan. Recently, Brown came back with vocalist Lady Alma for a second release.
People, meet Dego. Dego, meet thePeople. Ahh...another match made in heaven.
For more on Dego & 2000Black check out:
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