Big Beats Hit Bay Area: Y-love, Jake Break, dj handler, Sagol 59 and Ragtop of the Philistines
Posted by challahbackgirl on October 6, 2007
Cross-posted from CBDYAG
This isn’t Y-love, Jake Break and dj handler first time in the area, they we’re here back in February for Bureau of Jewish Education’s 2nd Annual Young Adult Feast of Jewish Learning. They not only got a lot of local publicity then, but these New Yorkers have been featured in media nationally and beyond. With all this press it seems silly to reinvent the wheel. Also, performing with these three are Sagol 59 and Ragtop of the Philistines Here’s what they want you to know about them, according to Shemspeed and their concert information is at the end of the post.
Y-Love (born Yitz Jordan) is an MC unlike any other. He is a black convert into the Bostener sect of chassidus (the mystical branch of Orthodox Judaism). He among the most innovative freestylers on the scene, weaving seamless polyglot rhymes in English, Arabic, Yiddish, and Hebrew. Most unique is Y Love’s revival of Aramaic, the ancient language used to discuss Jewish Law. With each word he spits in the tongue of the Talmud, Y-Love breathes new life into Hasidism, and hip-hop one beat at a time.
Jake Break is a souled-out independently affiliated producer. His music bridges Afro Beat, Brazilian jazz and funk rhythms with layers of instruments that stray from your cousin’s boom-bap loops. His style is 60’s pleats, hairgreased, and satin sheets, 8o’s turbo creased, 70’s jazz-fusion funked out, 90’s bubble fat geese-tommy hilfiger fleece. Basically, he’s a record fiend, with vast quanties of tight beats and records of generational genre smashing musicians, from the east.
Website | Myspace Page | Videos | Merchandise | DownloadsErez a.k.a. dj handler is the founder and director of Modular Mood Records, Shemspeed, Hip Hop Sulha, Barzilai Productions, and The Sephardic Music Festival. As the brains behind Modular Moods and many of the hyped parties in and around NYC, dj handler defies musical stereotypes. As a multicultural maestro, he spins a mix of Baile Funk and Afro Beat blended with 80’s free style and hip hop, while incorporating Ashkenazic cantorial music and traditional Yemenite melodies. He frequently collaborates with non-electronic musicians, creating textural fusions of live and recorded sound. dj handler’s music, style, and presence get famous US clubs to resemble the craziest festivals abroad.
Since crashing into Israel’s burgeoning hip-hop scene with his 2000 debut (Recorded between 1993-1999), Israeli Hip Hop pioneer Sagol 59 has built a formidable reputation as an honest, unflinching, clever, articulate and highly original MC. boasting 4 Full-Length Albums to date, plenty of musical collaborations with diverse artists and many live shows in Israel and overseas (U.S, Europe), Sagol has anticipated Israel’s current Rap boom and cemented his position as one of its most outspoken and talented leaders.
RAGTOP is an MC and screenwriter, born in Palestine and raised in the Tennessee hills. His Action-Adventure script AGENCY was a finalist for the 2006 ABC/Walt Disney Studios Writer’s Fellowship, and his Civil-Rights drama GLENVILLE is currently a finalist for the 2008 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He has just completed a feature film script for Desert Door Productions, and currently writes for Hany Abu-Assad, director of the Golden Globe-winning PARADISE NOW. ‘TOP also executive-produced FREE THE P, the first Arab-American hip-hop project to secure nationwide distribution, and has performed around the world from Vancouver to Amman , Jordan . He earned a Bachelor’s in English, Theater and Creative Writing from GWU in 2001, and a Master’s in screenwriting from USC in 2006. He has written and edited for several news and literary publications, and lives in L.A., where the palm trees sway…
Here’s a preview of what you’re in for at the shows below
Y-love, Jake Break and dj handler bring their acts to the Bay Area starting at my alma matter, UC Santa Cruz. They’ll move up the coast to San Jose (joined by Sagol 59, Ragtop, and Omar Offendum) for HIP HOP SULHA, then continue north to San Francisco where they’ll join Teapacks.
Here’s all the event info including the Teapacks shows:
Pre-concert Listening Party
An exciting listening party presented by Tzavta, and The Hub the Israel Center’s and JCCSF’s Young Adult Divisions, featuring music videos, rare audio tracks, translations and discussions of the band’s controversial lyrics will be held preceding the event. Discounted concert tickets and CDs for party attendees.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 – 8:00 pm
685 Sutter St,
San Francsico, Ca
Y-love, Jake Break and dj handler Concert
Thursday, October 11, 2007
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Kresge Town Hall, UCSC
Santa Cruz, CA
Contact Santa Cruz Hillel:
The Hip-Hop Sulha (Sagol 59, Y-Love, Jake Break & dj handler, Omar Offendum, Ragtop) reinvents the concept of the traditional Arab sulha [reconciliation] by bringing leading Israeli and Palestinian hip-hop musicians together to celebrate peace and tolerance via the performing arts. The Narcicyst brings a “truly original” voice to hip-hop, blending Arabic slang and stream-of-consciousness poetry into striking musical narratives. His recent album, Stuck Between Iraq and a Hard Place, focuses unflinchingly on weaving “the things that need to be said” (The Montreal Mirror) into a new brand of hip-hop consciousness.
$5 members/10 non-members – Buy Now
Teapacks San Francisco Concert
Opening act: Sagol 59, Y-Love, Jake Break and DJ Handler
8:00 pm (doors), 9:00 pm (concert)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
420 Mason St, San Francisco – map
18+ (show ID at door)
Students (with ID): $10, Tzavta members: $20, General: $30
Ticket reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 512-6203
Teapacks Berkeley Concert
Monday, October 15, 2007 – 7:30 pm
King Student Union, UC Berkeley – Campus map
Students (with ID): $5, Tzavta members: $15, General: $25
Ticket reservations: email@example.com, (415) 512-6203