Category Archives: Live Music

Dakar by Way of Chicago: omar pene & yassa

This Saturday, Senegal’s Omar Pene is in Chicago performing at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln).  A former member of Super Diamono, a 70s Senegalese band that addressed social issues with funk, he is now solo… and in fine form.  His voice has been described as both muscular and “islamic”, and the concert promises to be a treat.

Opening act is yours truly, DJ Ayana.

Omar Pene at Martyrs (presented by portoluz)

When: Sat., March 20, 9 p.m. at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Phone: 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499
Price: $25

To get you in the mood, visit Yassa: savory Sengalese food here in Chicago.  African flavors with an emphasis on sauces, seafood, lamb, rice, and cues taken from Islamic and French cuisine, Senagalese food is DOPE!  Try the freshly made juice – any of them (they have tamarind, sorrel, ginger and baobab)- or the Dibi Lamb (grilled lamb chops) which comes with red rice.  The plantains are delicious, as is the Yassa Fish.

The spot is BYOB,  and personally, I’d bring Malta India or a spicy ginger beer, but if you must have an alcoholic beverage, try a stout beer.

Yassa:
716 E 79th St
(between Evans Ave & Langley Ave)
Chicago, IL 60619

(773) 488-5599


the get down! this thursday at the morseland

 

It’s about that time… and I’ve got more heat.  Soulful dynamite. Killer funk. Local Chicago gems. Bluesy groovers. Polyrhythmic madness.  The stuff that hip-hop was built upon.  And, as always, no cover.  Join me and Gaucho at the Morseland: 1218 West Morse, this Thursday at 9:30pm.

 Below, rare groove stone-cold gangster lean goodness by The Impressions (of our fair city), “Sooner or Later”.  Jive on! 


The Get Down: keep on singing

The Get Down is back! This Thursday, February 11, let’s celebrate what we love: feel good music!  Soul, Funk, Disco, and Bluesy Groovers spun with love by yours truly (DJ Ayana).  Expect a healthy helping of both rare and classic homegrown monsters, plus all the darkjive featured music you’ve come to love.

Thursday, February 11  @ the Morseland (don’t forget to check out their revamped menu… their kitchen is open late!)

1218 West Morse Avenue / 9:00pm-1:00am
No Cover!

Sneak Peak music:

Chicago’s own Keni Burke (of Five Stairsteps [“Oooh Ooh Child”] fame) released his self titled debut on George Harrison’s Dark Horse Records in 1976.  “Keep on Singing” keeps me high to this day.  Enjoy and see you soon!


Stand With Haiti!!

 

Stand with Haiti!! An Evening of Food, Poets (including Lady Terror), Musicians, and Dancers Gathered to Support Those Devastated by the Earthquake in Haiti.  DJ Ayana on the tables.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 6:00pm – 8:45pm

Thorne Auditorium 357 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

Free admission, donations requested.

Food/Drink: 6-7pm

Program: 7:15-8:45pm

ALL Proceeds will be donated to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

to support the relief effort in Haiti.


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The get down is about to go down again.  Old Soul 45’s spun with love at the Morseland.  Selections by me (DJ Ayana) and Gaucho.  Join us this Thursday December 10 starting at 9:30pm.  No Cover.  The Morseland is located at  1218 West Morse in Chicago (just blocks from Sheridan). Here’s a sample of some of the proudly local grooves we’ll feature….”Get Down” by Curtis Mayfield.


Get Down With Us. Try it, You’ll like it…

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It’s about to go down.  Old Soul 45’s spun with love at the Morseland.  Selections by me (DJ Ayana) and Gaucho.  Join us this Thursday November 12 starting at 9:30pm.  No Cover.  The Morseland is located at  1218 West Morse in Chicago (just blocks from Sheridan). Here’s a sample of some of the proudly local grooves we’ll feature….


45 or Die: Move. Groove. Jive on.

 

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Catch Gaucho, Harlow, and myself spinning classics and rarities at 45 revolutions per minute.  Thursday, October 8th at the Morseland, 1218 West Morse, Chicago.  Starts at 9pm.


Mos Def Performs Billie Jean in Chicago

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Recorded at the House of Blues here in Chicago a few days back.  It’s Mos Def, and his homage to the gloved one:  a fresh interpretation of “Billie Jean”.  Somehow, it works.  Invention isn’t dead, after all. Jive on!


Constant Surprises… Little Dragon in Chicago!

The Swedish electro-soul combo Little Dragon is here in Chicago (for the first time), performing at the famed Kinetic Playground.  Yukimi Nagano, by way of Swell Session and Koop, provides bouyant, yet keen lead vocals in this group that worships glitch as fervently as groove. Above, the video for one of my favorite songs from their self-titled debut, released in 2007. Good Business. Jive on.

Kinetic Playground–Tonight!

1113 W. Lawrence, Chicago (across the Street from the Aragon Ballroom)

Tickets are $15

Show starts 8:00pm

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Curumin: like summer on record

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Japan Pop Show (Quannum, 2008) was an album I first really heard in winter. A smart blend of samba and turntablism, with a smattering of funk and soulful hooks, I realized then that Curumin’s sound was built for summer.  According to the New York Daily News: “It’s to Curumin’s credit that he kneaded this thick sonic dough into something not just digestible but delicious.”  I think it’s more akin to a refreshing cocktail than a hunk of dough, but point taken. 

A Brazilian of Spanish and Japanese lineage, Curumin performs his signature blend of Samba Soul in Chicago this Thursday.  Check it out.  Jive on.

Thursday, July 16

10PM – doors 9PM

Rumba
351 W. Hubbard

$12 advance tickets/$15 DOS cash only

 

Click here for “Sambito”, from the album “Japan Pop Show”.

 

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