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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

4heros dego mixes it up fot spinetv by strangefruitmusic
November 12, 2010, 1:53 am
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Forging the way in the breakbeat and hardcore scenes of the ’90’s, 4hero‘s Mark “Marc Mac” Claire and Dennis “Dego” McFarlane haven’t been content to lay dormant in these years, continuing to release records that explore the sounds of nu jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Now a resident of New York City, Dego focuses much of his energy on his 2000Black label (appropriately named after the Roy Ayers song) where he shares Ayers’ auspicious hopes about the black community’s future with a roster of future-minded artists. Dego’s role in 4hero not only positions him to play curator to the next generation of influential artists, it obviously makes him an excellent, crate-digging DJ. Dego’s recent mix for SpineTV has these talents on display, adding particular insight into Dego’s awareness of what’s current in the UK electronic music scene. Young hopeful James Blake makes an appearance, alongside new tracks from Martyn and Wiley, fleshing out an eclectic mix that spans Dilla to McCartney. A tracklist and link to the mix are below.

Dego Guest Mix for SpineTV


1. Benny Golson – Always Dancing to the Music
2. Paul White – My Guitar Whales
3. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
4. J-Dilla – For Gods Sake
5. Wiley – The Elusive Intro
6. Mono-Poly – Oil Fields
7. Oriol – Shay-Lo
8. Keno Duke – Some Other Time
9. Kurt Rosenwinkle – Interlude
10. The Invisible – Spiral
11. Gretchen Parlato – Weak
12. James Blake – CMYK
13. Martyn – The Only Choice
14. Kaidi Tatham – 2001Dem
15. Paul McCartney – Secret Friend
16. Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong'(Flying Lotus Remix)
17. Ravi Shankar – Temp
18. Stanley Clark – Concerto for Jazz-Rock Orchestra Part 2
19. Soul Litchfield – Floppy 9
20. Jean Grae & 9th Wonder – The Time Is Now Ft. Phonte
21. The Upsetters – Chim Cherie
22. Burning Spear – Civilize Reggae

April 18, 2010, 9:24 pm
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Related Post: Dego BTS Radio mix

20 best broken beats tunes by strangefruitmusic
March 10, 2010, 10:42 pm
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A few years ago we at Strange Fruit spend lots of time and money on a genre called broken beat.  If we look back and can choose an era between 2000 and 2010 that shaped us the most then it must be this period. It looked like it all came finally together. Afrobeat, jazz-funk, 2-step, soul & p-funk!. Unfortunately we’ve never been to the Club evening called CO-OP at Plastic People in London which was the center of this movement. Luckily we had the Jazzsole crew in our hometown Rotterdam who brought this amazing sounds to us. We must thank to Umberto en Egbert of the Jazzsole crew for bringing the future to us.

We’ve got the feeling that in years from now a lot off people will be looking for the tunes made guys like 4Hero, Ig Culture, Afronaught, Daz-I-Kue, Marc de Clive Lowe, Domu, Eska, Seiji, Bembe Segue, Viktor Duplaix, Kaidi Tatham and all people that where involved in this. If you wanna go a little bit deeper in this sound then you have to check the article Mr Beatnick did on broken beats for FACT magazine. Of course there s always gonna be a discussion which tunes should be in this top 20 and which tunes don’t belong there. But we are sure that you have to admit that this top 20 consists of great tracks. Click for the full article here.

10 february Silhouette Brown release their second album called: two by strangefruitmusic
December 29, 2009, 11:11 pm
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We told you a few weeks ago that there s a new silhouette brown album coming. The 10th of February will be de date.

Silhouette Brown is a super group which consists of Dego (4 Hero) and Kaidi Tatham (Bugz in the Attic). Both are respected musicians, producers in their own way. We at Strange Fruit are getting excited about this second album of Silhouette Brown. The first samples that we ve heard do sound promising. The album is not really aimed at the dancefloor and is more on a headnod tip.  Guest on “Two” include hiphop legend Sadat X, M.D. Akwasie on the boogie anthem Strawberries in Vinegar and ofcourse Bembe Segue. You can click here for some sounds this upcoming album

Silhouette Brown – Two by strangefruitmusic
November 30, 2009, 9:00 pm
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Been a bit busy lately, bu t had to share this from the nutriot blog.

Silhouette Brown is a project by former West London masterminds Dennis “Dego” McFarlane and Kaidi Tatham, whose first album involved Deborah Jordan on vocals.

Silhouette Brown - Two

First rumours on a second album were confirmed as a direct result to posting that DJ set from Dego the other week (don’t ask, it was removed). According to a blog post on Silhouette Brown’s MySpace page, “two” was written and produced by the trio of Bembe Segue, Dego and Kaidi. Support on the vocals comes from Lady Alma, who was already involved on the 2000Black album, some Blakai tracks and of course on Hold It Down(among others). I take it that Bembe will also be featured as a singer, apart from that Sadat X is having a guest spot.

Here’s a tracklist taken from HMV Japan:

01. Bitter Pills & Butterflies
02. Casualties Of Honey
03. Constant Questions
04. Fools Gold
05. Get With It feat. Sadat X
06. Hear Them Often Say
07. Interlude
08. Leave A Note
09. Strawberries In Vinegar
10. We Used To Run Steady

The album will come out on Dego’s own 2000Black label in early 2010. I have a feeling that this follows the long tradition of early Japan releases, with the rest of the world waiting for several months. But I got my fingers crossed.