So excited for this one!
The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 — Reviving the Supernatural Black Experience
feat. King Britt, Pegasus Warning, Kev Choice, Zakiya Harris, + Sunru
Last year’s debut of the Gods Must Be Crazy offered an invocation to our ancestors, the divine inhabitants of the blessed realm, raising the New Parish roof and setting the tone for successive iterations of Afro-futuristic juju generation. Volume 2 of the Gods, aka the Supernatural Black Experience (2012 Edition), builds on that momentum but plays it even less safe. This year’s vibe promises to be more electric, more eclectic, more organic, more cutting-edge and more, well… Godlike.
Christening the Gods’ altar this time will be the all-world selection of Philly superstar DJ KING BRITT (Fhloston Paradigm), the soulful master of deeply-delving, subtly-shifting sonic expression; and next-level Afro-punky funk from PEGASUS WARNING, the alias of Saul Williams collaborator GUILLERMO E. BROWN.
A seriously dope undercard of Oaktown-identified musical and cultural practitioners rounds out the bill: classical/jazz/hip-hop virtuoso KEV CHOICE; multitalented singer/emcee/dancer ZAKIYA “SHAPESHIFTER” HARRIS; neo-griot emcee and visionary hip-hopper SUNRU “333” CARTER; and jazz-soul bandleader and trumpet slayer MARCUS (THE CONGRESS) COHEN.
Historically, African peoples and their descendants have used the terms gods, ancestors, and elemental spirits m…ore or less interchangeably. Words like orishas are used to describe divine beings who are the forces of nature, yet live within us. In a cultural context, the gods are simply those who have come before us and watch over us. They are Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Bessie Smith, Gil Scott-Heron, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur, and Biggie Smalls, as well as Isis and Osiris, Shango and Oshun — and your great-grandpa and great-grandma.
The cultural tradition of ancestor worship weaves like a sacred snake through Africa and the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, linking Nigerian Yoruba with its syncretic derivatives — Cuban Lukumi, Brazilian Candomble, Haitian Vodun – as well as other traditional indigenous beliefs: Malian Doumia, Ghanaian Ashanti, Dahomeyan Mami Wata, Sudanese Jok, South African Zulu. It represents both Kemetic (or Egyptian) Neteru and the Nommo of the Dogon people. It is a state of being which places spirituality, religion, and cultural expression on an equal plane, a conception of time as circular and not linear. Its fabric is the thread from which blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop were woven into the tapestry of the African American experience. It is the intangible abstract which informs and accompanies the oral and musical tradition of black people in America, the axe, chi, sekhem — colloquially, “soul power” —which gives us life and informs our existence through word, song, and dance.
The door opens July 20. Walk through it.
The Gods Must Be Crazy 2
feat. performances by:
Pegasus Warning, Kev Choice, Zakiya Harris, Sunru, Marcus Cohen, with DJ KING BRITT
The New Parish
579 18th Street / Oakland
Doors 8P / Performance 9P sharp
$10-15 limited presale; 21+