The one and only Afrika Bambaataa will be arriving in Chocolate City to “Planet Rock” funk it up for the “Funk 4 Peace” concert being held at U Street Music Hall this Sunday. The undisputed grandmaster and godfather of hip-hop culture will perform live and direct with D.C.’s international culture break-beat funk stars, Fort Knox Five, at a show hosted by internationally known and respected D.C. hip-hop icon Asheru, along with the equally touted and beloved funky soul crooner Mustafa Akbar. Rounding out the bill is DJ Jahsonic of the Soul Controllers, the eclectic and electric Rex Riddem, and the visually stunning Video Killers production squad. On its own, that is quite a heavy lineup of venerable D.C. indie musicians; add Afrika Bambaataa to the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a magical night of electo, future shock, old-school hip-hop funk fellowship—-and all for a $10 ticket!
Bambaataa has been working repeatedly with Fort Knox Five over the past five years , releasing brand new material within that same period. Their latest collaboration is a joint called “Shift” that features the vocal stylings of Mustafa Akbar and is receiving good reviews from the electro-funk dance music community. (Check out the video).
Asheru and Mustafa Akbar have been burning it up on tour with Fort Knox Five for some time now and, if I’m not mistaken, this is the first full production show in D.C. proper where they will rock in this configuration—-where each front man, working together, fronts a band other than their own. Everything is gonna be different from what we years-long fans of the acts will expect.
I did mention the very small fact (I’m being funny) that Afrika Bambaataa is a living god and chief deity of hip-hop culture, right? Honestly, if you know your history and what The Dream is all about, then you may want to get your tickets early so you can be apart of celebrating “Funk 4 the Dream!”
“Funk 4 the Dream” takes place this Sunday at U Street Music Hall. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. $10.
*A portion of proceeds from this event, in commemoration of Dr. King’s dream, will benefit the arts incubation and nurturing organization Bloombars, which provides critically needed creative outlet space for Chocolate City artists—-with a special commitment to the residents of Columbia Heights.