Sunday, April 03, 2011

Umoja Update: Our Man In Bali Stevie G!

Inna South East Asia stylee...Stevie G recently returned from the Motherland where he DJ’d a couple of gigs in the Philippines and discovered a small but thriving underground music scene in Metro Makati. He got the "play whatever you want" go ahead at the aptly named So What Thursday weekly held at M Cafe and took full advantage of this, dropping an eclectic mix of downbeat groovers, future funk, classics, mundo ritmo and the rest to a cosmopolitan crowd with a sophisticated ear.

Stevie was also a guest at the Irie Sunday reggae weekly at The Collective where he played strictly roots alongside selectors Red-I Sound, Big Answer Sound, Don P, and Papadom for a Ska Edition of this wicked party that also included local ska and mento bands CoffeeBreak Island and Count Kutu and The Balmers.  Def check out B-Side if ever in Manila. They do everything from dubstep to northern soul nights to live dancehall in a tricked out warehouse space. Big ups to Stefan, Red, PJ, Takashi and Tatsuki for putting me on while in the Philippines.

On the Bali side, Stevie continues to play his weekly residency at Ku De Ta and The G-Spot monthly at Chandi every first Saturday of the month. In August 2010 he started another monthly roots party on Batu Belig Beach dedicated to music from the Mother Continent and Afro-Caribbean. Held on the Saturday closest to the full moon, Disko Afrika has gotten massive with 1000 people attending the last supermoon party in March, all getting down to Zouk, Soukous, and Afro-beat/house!

Coming up on April 16th is the next Disko Afrika jammy and then the following day Stevie will be playing a new reggae beach bi-weekly party Yagga Sundayz at a new rootsy spot called The Crystal Palace.

Disko Afrika
Zouk, Soukous, Afrobeat and more
Saturday night closest to the full moon
9pm-3am / Rp 20,000
Cozy Beach Bar
Batu Belig Beach, Batu Belig

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