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“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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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (the Hood Opera)

The unforgettable Melvin Van Peebles’ movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) is an iconic work of Afro-American cinema and the beginnings of Blaxploitation. It was one the biggest successes in the independent film-making and still has a huge influence over the hip-hop culture. Melvin Van Peebles’ own compositions really determine the action by inventing something
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

Late Night at Joe’s Pub, with special guest, Melvin Van Peebles

As the story goes …from a humble beginning of only two theaters and a torrent of negative reviews, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baasasssss Song” eventually mushroomed to domestic box office receipts of $10,000,000.00 and landed on Daily Variety’s list of top-grossing films for the year 1971.  Incidentally Sweet Sweetback was the largest grossing independent film up to
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

“Sweet Sweetback’s Baddass Song: A Hood Opera” Open Rehearsals at BRICstudio

Two Nights! Feb 3 & 4 Melvin Van Peebles & Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber in residence at BRICstudio 8:00 PM Work-In-Progress (rehearsal) View­ing 9:45 PM Dis­cus­sion w/ Melvin Van Pee­bles 10:00 PM Book Sign­ing & Mer­chan­dise Sales Doors Open @ 7:45 PM Tick­ets Details Com­ing Soon! Join us for an unfor­get­table evening with leg­endary
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONTINUES!

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber brings our genre-bending live show to York College’s Performing Art Center in Queens on Friday, November 13th & The World Famous Blue Note in Manhattan on Monday, November 16th. Witness the next step in the evolution of The Arkestra Chamber as “Pass the Baton” makes its NYC area debut at
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

York College Performing Arts Center on 11/13/09

Witness the next step in the evolution of The Arkestra Chamber as “Pass the Baton” makes its NYC area debut at York College’s Performing Art Center on Friday, November 13. Road tested in Chicago, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware; “Pass the Baton” is Greg Tate’s latest brain-child. With the pass of a baton, conduction duties are
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