A powerful synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new project from Puerto Rico-based, African American drummer/producer/singer Mark Underwood, aka Otura Roso Mun. An Ifá priest in the Yoruba religion, Mun has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene for years, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of PR’s most important musical voices, including iconic reggae group Cultura Profética. ÌFÉ’s critically-acclaimed debut album III+IIII was described by NPR as “a reimagining of tradition informed by jazz’s improvisatory sensibility and by Mun’s ear for beats from his past as a hip-hop DJ.” This will be ÌFÉ’s first-ever public performance in New York City.
New York’s ‘immigrant beat’ innovators M.A.K.U SoundSystem will start things off with their explosive blend of traditional Latin rhythms and gritty urban sensibility.
Brooklynite DJ Bembona (Vibras NYC) spins her blend of Afro-Diasporadical sounds in the gallery.
Doors & DJ Set from DJ Bembona at 7PM
BRIC House Ballroom & Stoop
General Admission: Standing
Additionally, the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund #MariaFund will join the celebration to provide us with info on how to help with the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico. More information can be found on #MariaFund's website.
This 40,000 square-foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre is a true home for artists and audiences, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse audiences of Brooklyn.
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