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    Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:59:13

    DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Touring With a Twist - They are celebrating Afrika Bambaataa

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    Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when turntablists supreme DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of hip-hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall.

    "This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They're HIS records, with his blessings. This isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS' records," said DJ Shadow.

    Using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa's historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa's legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity.

    DJ Shadow states, "His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa...it's obvious that this music was important to him, and it's reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That's when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them."

    Johan Kugelberg, who in 2007 established the Cornell Hip Hop Archive, and a member of Zulu Nation, brought the idea of this tour to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, and introduced the two to Afrika Bambaataa. "Hip-hop ultimately is multi-generational and communicative, and an ongoing grassroots network" he says. "This tour will bring together hip hop fans over generations."

    Tour Dates:

    9/1 - Toronto, ON - Guvernment
    9/3 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
    9/4 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
    9/6 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
    9/8 - Washington, DC - The Fillmore Silver Spring
    9/9 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
    9/11 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
    9/12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft At Center Stage
    9/14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
    9/16 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
    9/18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
    9/19 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
    9/20 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
    9/22 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
    9/23 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
    9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
    9/26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    9/27 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
    9/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
    10/1 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
    10/2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
    10/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
    10/7 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
    10/8 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
    10/9 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

    For more tour info, visit djshadow.com.

    Who plans to see this spectacle, in a good way?

    —Carly Costello

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