OSUNLADE with Lynnée Denise plus DJ Ojay and Ben Shive

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The Amistad Research Center and Ace Hotel New Orleans present The Messiah of Ancestral House Music and Yoruba Records chief for his debut DJ set at Three Keys, alongside Los Angeles' underground cultural movement scholar and DJ, Lynnée Denise. 

Raised during youth in St. Louis, MO, at the age of seven, Osunlade discovered the piano and the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By the age of twelve, he found an interest in creating songs of his own. He later formed local bands, taught himself several instruments and studied further the development of his craft. In 2001 he released his debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Records label. “Paradigm” quickly became one of the biggest house albums that year and dubbed him "the messiah of ancestral house music." Now known for his legendary DJ sets, remixes, and fourteen albums including several mix CDs, Osunlade has placed himself on solid ground. His passion is in Yoruba Records and maintaining the reputation of its unparalleled quality in music.

Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who was developed as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at the California State University Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department. 

Opening up the dancefloor and setting the pace for our journey through dance music of the African diaspora for the night from 8:30pm - 10:00pm before turning the tables over to Lynnée and Osúnlade is DJ duo Ojay and Ben Shive. Hailing from Nigeria and rooted in the Crescent City, DJ Ojay aka Natty Ojay is the undisputed king of the Afrobeat dance party in town, and is presently producing an Afro-Bounce project with New Orleans vinyl expert and native son, DJ Ben Shive. Together, they weave a tale of New Orleans ancestral music through the generations from the rhythms of Congo Square to funk through bounce and hiphop on into contemporary afro-bounce blends. 

Dance Party with debut DJ sets immediately follows "Conversations in Color: Black Global Citizenship and Cultural Work in the Digital Age" Artist Talk with Osunlade and Lynnée Denise, hosted by the Amistad Research Center of Tulane University, also happening in Three Keys from 6pm - 9pm. While the afterparty is also free and open, space for the artist talk is limited, so advance RSVP and early arrival are strongly suggested to guarantee entry. RSVP for the talk here


Details

  • 9PM–Thursday, October 11
  • Doors at 9PM
  • FREE with RSVP

The Amistad Research Center and Ace Hotel New Orleans present The Messiah of Ancestral House Music and Yoruba Records chief for his debut DJ set at Three Keys, alongside Los Angeles' underground cultural movement scholar and DJ, Lynnée Denise. 

Raised during youth in St. Louis, MO, at the age of seven, Osunlade discovered the piano and the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By the age of twelve, he found an interest in creating songs of his own. He later formed local bands, taught himself several instruments and studied further the development of his craft. In 2001 he released his debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Records label. “Paradigm” quickly became one of the biggest house albums that year and dubbed him "the messiah of ancestral house music." Now known for his legendary DJ sets, remixes, and fourteen albums including several mix CDs, Osunlade has placed himself on solid ground. His passion is in Yoruba Records and maintaining the reputation of its unparalleled quality in music.

Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who was developed as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at the California State University Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department. 

Opening up the dancefloor and setting the pace for our journey through dance music of the African diaspora for the night from 8:30pm - 10:00pm before turning the tables over to Lynnée and Osúnlade is DJ duo Ojay and Ben Shive. Hailing from Nigeria and rooted in the Crescent City, DJ Ojay aka Natty Ojay is the undisputed king of the Afrobeat dance party in town, and is presently producing an Afro-Bounce project with New Orleans vinyl expert and native son, DJ Ben Shive. Together, they weave a tale of New Orleans ancestral music through the generations from the rhythms of Congo Square to funk through bounce and hiphop on into contemporary afro-bounce blends. 

Dance Party with debut DJ sets immediately follows "Conversations in Color: Black Global Citizenship and Cultural Work in the Digital Age" Artist Talk with Osunlade and Lynnée Denise, hosted by the Amistad Research Center of Tulane University, also happening in Three Keys from 6pm - 9pm. While the afterparty is also free and open, space for the artist talk is limited, so advance RSVP and early arrival are strongly suggested to guarantee entry. RSVP for the talk here

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