Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

JB’s Funky Divas vs The Revolution of The Mind

You most likely can’t travel to Porto, Portugal and witness Burnt Sugar’s performance on June 6th at the 2010 edition of Serralves em Festa.   More likely you can come to the Blue Note’s Late Night Groove Series on Friday, May 28th and witness the Arkestra Chamber perform  JB’s FUNKY DIVAS VERSUS THE REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, a musical mash-up of the albums, James Brown
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

May!

Ah… the Sweetback gift  keeps on giving!   We’d like to welcome Aman-Re Jack (congas), the husband of Tracy Jack (choreographer for the Sweet Sweetback production ), to the Sugar tribe. Speaking of Sweetback we’ve just heard from Mr. Melvin Van Peebles that a 52-minute documentary shot by Mr. Samuel Thiebaut and containing cast interviews, BRIC
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

The Rites of Thang. With Apollo Heights and Smoota!

8:30 Smoota 9:30 Apollo Heights 10:30 Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber $10 in advance at Ticket Web or $12 at the door SMOOTA: “Each song is so sexy (instrumentals), yet weird (lyrics) at the same time…you almost feel wrong for digging it so much.” (DOWNTOWN DIARIES) http://www.myspace.com/smoota APOLLO HEIGHTS: “The best live band in New
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Funk You -Funky Soul Party

Funk You – Funky Soul Disco Dance Party

8:30pm : Dan Saks and The Funkdadeli All-Stars (feat Burnt Sugar’s Jared Nickerson on bass & ‘Moist’ Paula Henderson on bari-sax) 9:15pm: DeLEON (J-Dub Records) “From the same cultural blender that gave us Gogol Bordello and Dengue Fever comes the Spanish/Jewish/Brooklyn mash that is Daniel Saks’ visionary band DeLeon. At times rocking the Casbah (“La
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"Mizik Pou Dwa Moun" disc 1

Greg Tate on Mizik Pou Dwa Moun

“Like everyone else within reach of global media on the week January 12, 2010, the members of the Burnt Sugar collective were horrified and saddened by news of the massive earthquake which catastrophically struck the island of Haiti. In its disastrous wake came the loss of 250,000 lives and the ongoing terror, displacement, hunger and grief for those of Haiti’s people left to fend for themselves in the continuous aftermath. While many of us immediately made individual contributions to relief efforts, we have also now been guided by the conscience and imagination of our good friend (and graphic design maven) Amy Gail to present this compilation of music by Burnt Sugar and its members to Haiti’s survival and rebirth

"Mizik Pou Dwa Moun" disc 1

“Medicine Music” by Dowoti Désir

“Every soci­ety has their med­i­cine men and women whose bag of juju is music. The uni­ver­sal­ity of music in part defines our human­ity. ‘Mizik Pou Dwa Moun’ (Music for Human Rights) cov­ers the gamut of alter­na­tive sounds pro­duced in the global North. The com­pi­la­tion of songs and instru­men­tals on this two CD set was designed to repair the spir­its of the liv­ing and re-member the 300,000 dead as a result of the great­est sin­gle calamity nature has bestowed on human­ity in mod­ern times, the first epic dis­as­ter of the 21st Cen­tury: the 7.6 rec­tor scale earth­quake that dev­as­tated Cen­tral Haiti.

"Mizik Pou Dwa Moun" disc 1

“Mizik Pou Dwa Moun” A Burnt Sugar Collective Compilation for the People of Ayiti

Burnt Sugar is pleased to present: “Mizik Pou Dwa Moun” (Human Rights Music). 25 songs of lamentation, meditation and joy contributed by Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber and its Collective Members. Dedicated to the memory of the souls lost and to the survival and rebirth of Haiti and her people, the album is a free download offered in exchange for your donation to the Haitian aid organization Zanmi Las­ante (Partners in Health).Contributions by: Satch Hoyt, Micah Gaugh, The Perfect Man-Dave ‘Smoota’ Smith (feat. Secretary), Brazz Tree, Maya Azucena, Moist Paula Henderson, The Citizens, ISWHAT, Dayton Flic, Jeremiah, Will Martina, Bruce Mack, Meret Koehler, The Avram Fefer Trio, Ladell Mclin and Swiss Chris, Moisturizer, The Destruction of Black Civilization, BT3 and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.

Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

Ben Sisario profiles Melvin Van Peebles at The NY Times

“ASK Melvin Van Peebles about his legacy, and you get a snort, a grimace, a wave of the hand, a game-show error buzz and a finely punctuated “come on.” “I didn’t even know I had a legacy,” he said between rehearsals for his latest project, a musical-theater adaptation of his 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss
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