Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Saturday March 12, 2005
One Night Only, The Return Of...
Umoja Jazz & Ragga Lounge
Reuniting the entire Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem crew
for the first time in 4 years:
DJ Daz (Truthseekers Radio-KPFK, Brass, Speakerboxx) LA
DJ Tomas (Crucial, XLR8R, Voltage Music) SF
DJ Jun (ReBoot, Bossanova, Amoeba) LA
DJ Culture D (Reggae Hi-Fi) LA
DJ/MC Cokni O'Dire (OTO, B-Side, original Scheme Team) Dallas
DJ Stevie G (Sahara, Vinylicious) Wash DC
A night of vibes, scribes, tribes and strictly good music in 2 rooms:
Hip-hop, reggae, soul, house, jazz, Afrobeat, Latin and other euphonic flavors.
From the DJs who gave you B-Side, Flavor, Goa Dub, Chocolate Bar and more.
Saturday March 12, 2005 at Little Temple 4519 Santa Monica Blvd at Virgil
--–-Doors: 9PM----21 w/ID----$10----Umoja Hotline: 213 8912767
Sponsored By XLR8R Magazine, Ubiquity Records, Fabric8, Amoeba Music.
Umoja Photos Below!
(left to right: Jun, Cokni, Tomas, Daz)
The Umoja Soundsystem, a DJ collective, was established in 1993 in Los Angeles by DJ's Tomas and Daz originally as a club night called Umoja Jazz & Ragga Lounge, and later as a conglomeration of likeminded DJs including Culture D, DJ Jun, MC/DJ Cokni O’ Dire and later Stevie G.
Culture D, at Reggae Hi-Fi, Japantown, LA
Every Monday night, from its original home at Martini Lounge on Melrose Avenue at Larchmont (previous home to the legendary LA club night Brass), resident selectors Tomas and Daz's newly christened night Umoja Jazz & Ragga Lounge featured guest DJs including Mark Farmer and Al Jackson (of Juju), and presented the roots of hip-hop music in the form of original jazz and funk DJ sets, augmented with classic reggae jams. In addition, poets and fledgling jazz musicians were invited to participate. Eventually, a regular band, who dubbed themselves the Umoja Quintet (headed by accomplished Black Note jazz bassist Marcus Shelby) became a regularly performing act at the night.
DJ Tomas at 111 Minna St Gallery, SF
After a few months, it was decided to move the night to the former Gaslight (now the Opium Den) bar on Ivar street near Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood. The night ran successfully for almost two years every Monday, and featured guests including Funkmaster Flex and DJ Stretch Armstrong. The synergy spawned future club nights from the Umoja crew including B-Side, Goa Dub and the still-running Chocolate Bar with DJs Daz, Higher,T-Lee, Shakespeare and Auerltio.
Cokni O Dire on the mic and the mix, Dallas
Although now scattered througout the United States, each member continues to represent in clubs, on the radio and internet and underground DJ events-–Tomas in San Francisco, Cokni in Dallas, Daz and Jun in LA, newest member Stevie G in Washington DC and Bali. Umoja (Swahili for “unity”) reflects the diverse array of music styles the soundsystem plays (abstract house, downtempo, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, electronic, drum & bass), unified in the spirit of dub, experimental and beat driven music.
DJ Jun at Re-Boot in LA
Stevie G DJing in Bali, Summer 2004