Black History Month Tokyo 2014: Free Your Mind Vol. 6
I can't even begin to tell you all how very excited I am about tomorrow's event. I hold these events and their importance very close to me every year and I'm always glad to be apart of them. I'm taking the music selection very seriously and I'm going to play some absolute gems tomorrow whether you know them or not. The key ideas behind my selection process are "tribute" and "education". It's about delivering a message the way I know best, through music.
As you all know we lost some very talented and long-standing musicians in 2013 and one very important person. I will play some tunes in tribute to both Donald Byrd and George Duke, and one uplifting South African song recorded in the Zulu language dedicated to Nelson Mandela (I'll give a short introduction speech to this song). And although these others past away some time ago, I will also play some tunes from the gone but never forgotten likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Michael Jackson.
What else can you expect from me? Well some very good jazz, funk, soul, reggae, and all feel good music. A little bit of Robert Glaspher? Yes. And my greatest contribution to tomorrow... I have one very special tune I want to share with everybody. I have a story I will tell, it's a true story and after I will play the accompanying tune that goes with it. I'm hoping that this story will be the most educational thing you will learn while here. There is no message to be taken away from it, just knowledge and a history about the past (if you are black, maybe your past) that you probably never knew before. So be prepared to open your ears and your mind and come early to listen to that.
Lastly, let's celebrate the positives of "our" culture tomorrow.
DJ Marc Antomattei
Feb. 22, 2014