Givin Up Food For Funk

In Food Justice, Music, New York City, Race on February 21, 2007 at 1:09 am

This Thursday, come out to M1-5 in Manhattan for the second edition of 432 Thursdays.  This time we’re dedicating the night to James Brown, with an evening full of his performances, writings, productions, samples, and covers.  Not only was the “Godfather of Soul” one of the most important figures in all of modern music, but he also often included some important lyrics in terms of social, racial, and political commentary with songs like “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “I’m Paying Taxes, but What am I Buyin?” and many more.

We’re also taking it one step further by playing music that samples him and his affiliates, which leads us to a large selection of hip hop from the late 80’s and early 90’s – one of hip hop’s most socially concious periods.  Groups like Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions have albums that would sound entirely different without the foundation of James Brown and the JB’s drumkicks, horn hits, guitar licks, and of course, grunts.

We’re also bringing back the food drive porion of the party, just like we had at our kickoff event.  At the first party, people donated about 3 big boxes worth of canned and dry food for City Harvest.  Let’s try to outdo that this time.  Please show up with non-perishable food items in hand and give up some food for funk (also a reference to a James Brown lyric).

soul power


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