DC: Funk 4 The Dream MLK Celebration feat Afrika Bambaataa at U Hall
U Street Music Hall
1115 U St. NW
Washington, DC – January 3rd, 2011 – Afrika Bambaataa, “The Amen-Ra of Universal Hip-Hop Culture,” will return to Washington, DC to perform at a special event held in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After helping to launch Hip-Hop music in the 1970s and the Hip-Hop generation in the 1980s, Afrika Bambaataa recorded several hits, albums and music videos over the following decades. In the past five years he has worked repeatedly with DC-based funk act, Fort Knox Five, releasing brand new material. Most recent was 2010’s funk anthem “Shift” by Fort Knox Five featuring Afrika Bambaataa and Mustafa Akbar.
The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Washington, DC’s own hip-hop legend Asheru. He is most famous as the author and performer of The Boondocks TV Show’s theme song. He also has many fans of his early Unspoken Heard material, and more recently his work with Fort Knox Five. In the DC hip-hop scene his own band, Asheru and The Els is a local party-rocking legend. In 2006 Asheru became the first and only emcee to ever win the prestigious Peabody Award of journalism for his work in the Boondocks episode “Return of the King.” Appropriately enough, that Boondocks episode centers on Martin Luther King, Jr. and a song Asheru wrote in honour of Dr. King.
Mustafa Akbar will co-host alongside Asheru, and both emcees will perform throughout the evening. Mustafa Akbar is coming off a very busy 2010, touring nationwide with Fort Knox Five, Thunderball and his own group Nappy Riddem. After taking their live show on the road this past year, DC’s own Fort Knox Five will deliver a DJ performance augmented by live visuals at this event. The Soul Controllers will represent with DJ Jahsonic providing supporting DJ duties. Jahsonic has built an impressive following with his now legendary Monday night party at Marvin on the U Street Corridor. Mustafa Akbar’s partner in Nappy Riddem, DJ Rex Riddem will also on be on hand to round out the line-up.