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November 21, 2011, 10:07 pm
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George Duke the keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres is performing at Toko MC Amsterdam tommorow and promises to be an experience you shouldn’t miss out on.

With his almost 40 years in music and 30 solo album to his name this veteran might seem old but he certainly ain’t old skool. He has worked with and produced for Dianne Reeves, Jeffrey Osborne, George Clinton, Anita Baker, Jill Scott  and lots more..

Sampled by Ice CubeMF DOOM,  the Hieroglyphics, Daft Punk and even Common, he is obviously doing something right. Want to see the Duke in action?? Below you’ll find all the info you need to be experience one of the greatest musician of our time.

TOKO MC is going all out tommorow cause Robert Glasper and the Experiment also hits the stage and since I’ve seen their performance multiple times … they will leave you buzzin !!

When: Tuesday 22 November ·
Time : 20:00 – 23:00
Where : Toko MC
Polonceaukade 5
1014 DA Amsterdam

TICKETS  (Info in Dutch)

September 8, 2011, 7:48 pm
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When: 9 September 2011

Where: Bird, Raamspoorstraat 26 -29, Rotterdam

Time: 23.00 – 5.00

Damage: € 10,00


Strangefruit holds it down! Na een korte vakantie komt de StrangeFruit clubavond hard terug. Heel hard zelfs!  Met achtereenvolgens Dego, Africa Hitech, Lefto, Motor CityDrum Ensemble, Benji B (Space in Between Festival) en Theo Parrish laten wijzien waar er anno 2011 op gedanst wordt. Disco,Boogie, Uk Funky, Soulfull House, Afro en Hiphop dus.

Als eerste gaat er op vrijdag 9 september een lang gekoesterde wens in vervulling. Dan hebben we namelijk niemand meer of minder dan Dego te gast in BIRD. Deze man is bij velen beter bekend als de helft van het duo 4 Hero en heeft al meer dan 20 jaar de dansvloeren onveilig gemaakt. Een held!!! Uiteraard zullen Lucky Dubz en Thelonious er voor zorgen dat jullie al niet meer stil kunnen staan voor dat onze gast zijn eerste plaat  op de platenspelers heeft gelegd.

Dego is een award winnende producer, een alom erkend kunstenaar en zoalseerder vermeld de helft van het internationaal geprezen duo 4hero. Dego is alom erkent als de pionier van bass drum ‘n’ en de profeet van de nu-soul/jazzbeweging. Hij heeft samengewerkt met Jill Scott, Madlib, Goldie, Georgia AnneMuldrow, J * Davey, Ursula Rucker, Digable Planets en jazz legendes Roy Ayers en Larry Mizell. Iedereen die de afgelopen jaren naar soulfulle en vooruitstrevende dans muziek heft geluisterd heeft vermoedelijk wel iets van de man binnen zijn muziek collectie.

Van de laatste Strange Fruit editie herinneren wij ons dat wij mensen op de dansvloer bewegingen hebben zien maken waarvan we nietwisten dat deze bestonden. Voor de 9 september editie dagen wij jullie uit om daarin nog een stap verder te gaan. Amaze us!

Om alvast een beetje in de stemming te komen kun je hier beneden een groot deel van de DEGO’s producties streamen en voor een download moet je even hier klikken.


1.Dego “Da Fuzz” (feat. Matt Lord)
2.4hero “Hold It Down” (feat. Lady Alma)
3.Silhouette Brown “They Can’t Tell Us”
4.DKD “Future Rage”
5.Dego “DNP” exclusive
6.Dego “Love & Hate You” (feat. Obenewa)
7.Dego “Sparkling Minds (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
8.4hero “Something In The Way” (feat. Bembe Segue & Kaidi Tatham)
9.Silhouette Brown “Strawberries In Vinegar”
10.2000Black “Lose It” (feat. Face)
11.DKD “Natty Head”
12.Dego “They Never Know” (feat. Sarina Leah)
13.Dego “We Are Virgo” (feat. Kaidi Tatham)
14.Tek 9 “Interlude”
15.Dego “Whatever” (feat. The Luv Bugz)
16.Capitol A “Doing It Up”
17.Dego “Valentines” exclusive
18.Dego “Pushing You To Begin” (feat. Ferraz)
19.2000Black “So Right” (feat. Ferraz)
20.MM Black “2000 Black” (feat. Roy Ayers)
21.4hero “Universal Love” (feat. Carol Cosby)
22.Tek 9 “You Got To Slow Down”
23.Jacob’s Optical Stairway “Jacob’s Optical Illusion”
24.Da One Away “Trash Da Junk”
25.2000Black “If You Got 3 Wishes”
26.2000Black “Forgot The Steel Pans”
27.Focus “Having Your Fun” (4hero Remix)
28.2000Black “Got Me Puzzled” (feat. Face, Dego & Kaidi)
29.Dego “Right From Wrong” (feat. Tosin Tao)
30.Dego “Road Lessons” exclusive



There is only one place to be on the 15th of July and that is Melkweg, Amsterdam. On that particular Friday you’ll be introduced to best New  Zealand’s got to offer when it comes to electronic soul, hiphop & funk.

Even if you are not familiar with any of the artists in this line up … you’ll experience
maximum pleasure at a price I consider to be minimum damage.  Cause everyone from Ladi6 to Electric Wire Hustle will most definitely give you your moneys worth!!

Before you start reading the first thing you should know is that EDI productions presents a FREE DOWNLOAD promo EP for the L!VE FROM NEW ZEALAND party @ the Melkweg, Amsterdam on July 15th. Reason for all this info ? … Because I’ve added a stream to this post and I would suggest you just press play and start streaming while you read this …

Ladi6 feat. Parks & Julien Dyne
A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match, Ladi6 is New Zealand’s leading hip-hop soul artist and in her own right. She is renowned for her energetic live performances, sublime soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. Bringing us soulful hiphopwith a funkin’ reggae edge. Ladi6 just released her 2nd album, The Liberation
Off…. Ladi6 is accompanied by partner dj, musician, producer and singer Parks.​A​0

Julien Dyne is a multi-talented artist – a top New Zealand drummer, producer and
visual artist. Since his selection for the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome in 2004 Julien has been working with international artists and forging his own unique sound as a producer.  Mr. Dyne has a special place in my heart ever since I’ve heard “Layer” which is one the best tracks on his debut Pins and Digits.

Electric Wire Hustle developed their own sound and twist on modern hip-hop psychedelic and soul music. EWH reach while referencing the main points of music past thick drums and percussion layers of synth lines hints of Fender Rhodes and nylon stringed guitar, the neck snapping while the ear tap into his soulful vocals. The aforementioned is taken from one of the countless bio’s on the net and is most definitely tha truth!! But if you happen to be familiar with lead singer Mara TK’s
voice and know that the very talented Benny Tones is their official sound tech you probably already have your ticket.

Producer, Dj and audio engineer, Benny Tones is a talent you have to keep an eye on. Not only because he is part of Electric Wire Hustle but I consider him an artist in his own right. Don’t believe me?! Just get a taste of his latest Chrysalis when you click here.​ytones​=BoSWmH0p6Yg

I’m gonna level with you when it comes to Isaac Aesili. He happens to be on of  New Zealand’s talents I am not familiar with…yet. But after some research on this trumpet player, producer, vocalist and Dj … I know his electronofied Soul/Funk/RnB/Jazz sound is one you should get acquainted with.​=iYxjSsBJryg​=YhxF8gU5snM

Last But not least the Pacific Riders Dj’s plan to shower everybody with contagious basslines, bleeps, rhythms and beats.​​-trip-steppin-session-2/

If you were streaming and you read all this info … you know you want to be there … Right?!

EDI productions & Melkweg Present: L!VE FROM NEW ZEALAND
L!VE: Ladi6 ft. Parks & Julien Dyne, Electric Wire Hustle, Benny Tones, Isaac Aesili, djs Pacific Riders + some nice surprises!
July 15th @ Melkweg (Oude Zaal)
open: 21:00 hrs.
entrance € 15,00 + membership
For Tickets: click here

June 26, 2011, 2:18 pm
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Strange Fruit is proud to present Quadron on the 29th of June in Bird. If you are a
frequent Strangefruitmusicblog visitor it is virtually impossible not to know who I’m talking about. But for those of you who are not familiar with the soulful Danish duo … follow my lead.

Quadron is a soulful, experimental duo from Copenhagen, Denmark. Quadron was formed when Robin met Coco, a 16-year-old ingénue influenced by such artists as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and especially Lauryn Hill. Both were part of the soul collective
“Boom Clap Bachelors” who in early 2008 secured much respect and success with their debut “Kort Før Dine Læber”. As the duo started working together, they took their time, slowly forming the lush, groovy sound that encompasses Quadron.

Strangefruitmusicblogs love affair with Quadron began a little while ago with the visuals for “herfra hvor vi star”. Even though this absolutely beautiful song is in Danish, Coco manages to touch your heart with her remarkable voice. It’s basically like one of the remarks a fan made on youtube … “I don’t understand the words …but I do feel them”.

Their selftitled debut is a soulful masterpiece from beginning to end. Quadrons stated goal with the debut is to give the soul scene a vitamin boost and provide an alternative to the american R’n’B that is dominating the charts. They call their music electronic soul, mixing the sound of hand-played instruments with the benefits of today’s computer-related techniques. With an explanation like the aforementioned it’s only natural to be curious about their sound and the album … so we added the full album stream below.

After the album dropped we didn’t think it could happen but our Quadron fascination went up to a whole new level when they launched their video for their Micheal Jackson cover of “Baby be mine” . They managed to make the track one of their own and
that is not an easy task if it’s Mr. Jackson your covering.

If you made it this far … There is no doubt about it  I’ll probably see you at Bird.

 When: Wednesday the 29 of June, 21.00
Where: Bird, Raampoortstraat 29, Rotterdam
Damage: € 12,-

For tickets click here

June 3, 2011, 12:42 pm
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Na het succes van het 6-jarig bestaan gaat Strange Fruit op vrijdag 3 juniverder op het pad dat ze al 6 jaar lang vol vertrouwen volgen. Net zoals in alle voorgaande edities worden de muzikale lijnen aan het begin van de avond uitgezet door de Strange Fruit residents Thelonious en Lucky Dubz.Strange Fruit zou Strange Fruit echter niet zijn als er niet een speciale gast is uitgenodigd. Ditmaal is dat David Kennedy die bij de lie…fhebbers beter bekend staat als Ramadanman of Pearson Sound. De jonge David was volgens velen één van de hoogtepunten op het Amsterdam Dance Event van 2011. De verwachtingen zijn dan ook hoog gespannen.

Het afgelopen jaar wijkt het werk van David Kennedy als Ramandanman en Pearsonsound af van de conventionele dubstep. Geen verassing voor iedereen die zijn carrière vanaf het begin heeft gevolgd: altijd al neigde hij naar zijn eigen percussie gedreven stijl die hij mixte met een dikke bas en synth. Hij is al meerdere malen de wereld rondgereisd om muziek uit te brengen met producers als Joe, Elgato en James Blake.

De juni editie van Strange Fruit is er een om snel in je agenda te noteren. Blokkeer deze datum of zeg de inmiddels gemaakte afspraken af. Om teleurstellingen aan de deur te voorkomen koop je je kaartje alvast in voorverkoop of kom je vroeg naar het Westelijk Handelsterrein.

Ramadanman FABRICLIVE56 30minSTREAM by The FADER

Pearson Sound – Hawker [unreleased]
Levon Vincent – Late Night Jam [Ostgut  Ton]
Elgato – Music (Body Mix) [unreleased]
Marcello Napoletano – Everyday  Madness [Rush Hour]
Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Vanghoma [Honest Jon’s]
Pearson  Sound – Wad (Bonus Beats) [Hessle Audio]
Julio Bashmore – Battle for Middle  You [PMR]
Ramadanman – Grab Somebody [white label]
Appleblim &  Ramadanman – Void 23 (Carl Craig Re-edit) [Aus]
Pearson Sound – Project  [unreleased]
Joy Orbison – GR Etiquette (Pearson Sound Symphonic Mix)  [Doldrums]
J:Kenzo – Ruckas (Rob Kemp Remix) [Roska Kicks & Snares]
Fugative – Bad Girl (Lil Silva Dub) [Ministry of Sound]

May 25, 2011, 2:39 pm
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If names like Jose James, Theo Parrish , Benji B & Ahu give you that party feel … than you should be at the Sunsplash festival  in Antalya, Turkey. Turkey’s Biggest Little Music Festival combines style, luxury travel and dance music at the Hillside Su.

The Sunsplash Festival will take place from the 22th till the 29th of May. So if you are one of those lucky people with a little time on their hands you know what to do.

Yep … we are aware that the festival started already and that there are just 4 days left. But in our defence we allerted you on this Festival weeks ago when we provided you with the Ahu Sunsplash Festival Mix.

Anyways … when in doubt stream the (Sunsplash 2010) video  below to get a little taste of what your missing and if you decide to go … be quick about it cause the Sunsplash Festival is limited to just 400 guests.

source: Betribes in Dutch

May 16, 2011, 10:53 pm
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Who: Little Dragon

When: 17 May 2011

Time: 21.00 – 0.00

Where:Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam

Damage: 16 Euro

Online pre sale: via Ticket Script

Op 17 mei verwelkomen Bird en Strange Fruit de zweedse pop electronica band, Little Dragon in Lantaren/Venster. Little Dragon markeert voor Strange Fruit de aftrap in de samenwerking met Bird. De zweedse pop electronica band bracht in 2007 haar eerste titelloze lp uit. Dit album bevatte dromerige pop met jaren 80,electronica en R&B invloeden. Hoogtepunt van dit met superlatieven ontvangen album is het nummer Twice . Dit laatste nummer kreeg in 2009 grote bekendheid via de serie Grey’s Anatomy..

Nu  Drie jaar en 1 album later (‘Machine Dreams’ uit 2009) is Little Dragon een gevestigde naam en maakt zij zelfs onderdeel uit van de Gorillaz ‘Escape To Plastic Beach’-tour. De band schreef ook nog eens mee aan de Gorillaz-tracks ‘Empire Ants’ en ‘To Binge’. Op 12 juli verschijnt van Little Dragon het derde studio album “Ritual Union” waar wij vol verwachting naar uitkijken …