SPECIAL GUEST DJ * RICH MEDINA
It’s a rare gift when bold resistance to the mainstream leads an artist to become a household name. That’s why there are only a handful of djs on the planet that are as well known as Rich Medina for their commitment to underground soul and dance. Along with his principled approach, Rich’s popularity is due in no small part to his ridiculous skills on the decks.
Medina is one of those deejay’s deejays who grew up musically in a time and place where the borders between hip-hop, house, soul, funk, disco, etc. where too blurry to matter. Through his music, he’s a historian, a storyteller, a tour guide, and an educator. But he isn’t a geeky record collector fascinated by anything rare, strange, and hard to find. He’s playing from his heart and his experience and he has something to say with the music.
From his own productions and guest appearances on tracks to his world-famous Jump-n-Funk afrobeat parties. And from his residencies at New York’s hottest venues to his much revered partnerships with Bobbito Garcia, the influence of Rich Medina on “the scene” can be felt everywhere. Here’s a chance to experience it from the source. thePeople party and Rich Medina together is a no-brainer. A must. Cancel your other plans and GET TO THE NEW PARISH EARLY ON SATURDAY!
thePeople - Saturday May 22nd
with special guest dj Rich Medina
alongside residents Cecil, Cali, and Be Brown
hosted by heyLove* and Ms. Nabong
The New Parish
579 18th St | Oakland
10pm - 2am
$5 before 11pm $10 after
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The people live : presents wunmi
Wunmi’s artistry effortlessly connects the dots between Nigeria’s Afrobeat heritage, New York’s house pedigree and London’s jazz, broken beat and classic street soul sounds. Before releasing her first solo album, A.L.A, she built a reputation through 10 years of classic collaborations with production heavyweights like Masters At Work, Osunlade, Seiji and Truby Trio. The Wunmi stage show is known for its explosive energy, her trademark outfits, hi-octane dance moves, a super-tight band and an infectious spirit that draws in crowds.
Born in London, Wunmi aka Ibiwunmi Omotayo Olufunke Felicity Olaiya lived in Nigeria for 10 years, returning to the UK aged 14. The enduring image from Wunmi’s early years in music was in summer 1986 as the dancer silhouetted in Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’ video. As an integral dancer within the Soul II Soul set-up, Wunmi quickly established a bold, self-styled image with flowing braids and her own outrageous clothes which became a valuable addition to the Funki Dred identity. In the late ’90’s she teamed up with Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez and Louie Vega for Masters At Work’s classic 1998 re-work of Fela Kuti’s ‘Expensive Sh*t’, ‘M.A.W. Expensive (Tribute To Fela)’ that, along with other tracks paved the way for for a slough of Nu Yorican Afro-house workouts from the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Jerome Sydenham and more . Through 2001, the collab continued at the WMC and MAW’s legendary Nu Yorican Soul parties where Wunmi performed alongside Stephanie Mills, Jody Watley, Roy Ayers and more. More acclaimed collaborations followed including her solo debut, ‘What A See’, Osunlade’s ‘Rader Du’ in 2001 and King Britt requested some Wunmi spice for his ‘Oba Funke’ album project. In 2004 Wunmi turned out a dynamite version of Fela’s ‘Zombie’ backed by Bugz In The Attic’s razor sharp beats, became the big club track from the Red Hot foundations Fela tribute project. She later played live Red Hot and Riot live shows along side the legendary names such as Manu Dibago, Cheike lo, Les Numbian, and Baaba Maal.
For her debut album, Wunmi linked up with many of the top producers that have featured her vocals over the years from Seiji, Truby Trio and Fauna Flash to Pastaboys and Morten Varano. Her influences for the tracks are wide – she draws as much from Kate Bush and Sade as she does from U.S. funk and soul and, of course, the Yoruba styling of Nigerian Afrobeat, highlife and juju. The album titled ‘A.L.A.’, stands for ‘Africans Living Abroad’ and behind the trademark Wunmi grooves, she tackles some difficult issues. There are tracks exploring the alienation of living away from home, the stark choices faced by those who fall outside of “the system” and the continuing corruption of governments and fat cats worldwide. It is Wunmi talking from the heart and represents some of her best work, establishing her as one of dance music’s real enigmas. This is not African music, world music or any other genre dreamt up by the marketing men. This is Wunmi’s world and there is nothing else quite like it.
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