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Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force

How did I never know about this?


Apparently, in addition to the Cold Dark Matter (moving much less than the speed of light) that fills space, there is also Hot Dark Matter right here on earth which physicists have overlooked: Afrika Bambaataa and his posse breakdancing at the speed of light!

Ever wonder where breakdancing came from? I've wanted to learn how to do this for so long... geheimnisnacht and I took a crash course on "postmodern breakdancing" at Burning Man this year, but it was only an hour or so. Now I need to learn some of the old school shit!

Ladies and gentlement, welcome to Planet Rock:

I have been tracing the history of Freestyle back as far as I can. The above appears to be the New York roots. The Miami roots I've found through the help of sapience who responded to my earlier post. Tony Butler, aka Pretty Tony, who later married [? haven't confirmed this for sure, but they at least had a son together in 1989] Trinere (the singer in the last video I posted) whose myspace page describes how they met as follows:

"Trinere met electro/freestyle producer Tony Butler in 1985, who was best known as an up and coming Electro producer in the Miami area, and Tony was making quite a name for himself. The similarity between the type of Electro/Hip-Hop Tony Butler was producing and Freestyle was so close that it was inevitable for Tony Butler to cross genres and experiment with Freestyle music. That experiment turned out to be one the best decisions he ever made. With Trinere's dynamic voice, striking beauty, and ability to captivate an audience with her energetic presence and dance moves on the stage, and Pretty Tony's ingenious creativity, these two were truly the first to create the "true" Miami sound. This sound is known today as "Freestyle". After joining forces, these two became a force to be reckoned with in the Miami/South Florida area. Upon the release of her first single, "All Night," a Freestyle classic was instantly born and Trinere became the reigning diva of the Miami Freestyle scene. Being natives of Miami, where there is a heavy carribean/latin influence, Pretty Tony was able to incorporate sounds that would captivate and solidify a large latin fan base, which spread all over the U.S., Europe, and South America, with Brazil being Trinere's favorite. With hits on the charts and selling millions of records around the world, Trinere began to tour extensively."

Pretty Tony has a myspace page, and it looks like he may be releasing new stuff soon. Pretty Tony's electro group in the early 80's was named "Freestyle" which was where the song Don't Stop the Rock came from:


Later he went on to work with Debbie Deb and produce When I Hear Music which I mentioned earlier as well. It seems everything leads back to him in Miami and Afrika Bambaattaa & Soulsonic Force in New York, if I'm not mistaken. Even though I never knew about Don't Stop the Rock back in the day, it's already becoming an instant favorite. geheimnisnacht and I were talking a couple years ago about starting a type of music called "Cyborg Rock"... well, I think it's already been invented :) We basically just need to get one of these vocoders:


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