Dexter Story releases a Wondem Remix digital album on Soundway Records featuring LA and UK producers on November 11. This is a follow-up record to the acclaimed Wondem album release in October 2015. The producers include Ras G, Te’Amir Sweeney, Stomach Club, Carlos Niño, Jeremy Sole, Todd Simon, Al Dobbs, Jr. and Kutmah.
Wondem Remixed is a humble compilation of reworkings by some of my colleagues in Los Angeles and the UK. I asked musicians who were already interested or involved in my musical explorations or who lived in a parallel universe. In other words, I didn’t force it on a who’s who of “remixers” and as a result this body of work has a more organic and personal sense about it. The collection starts with a masterful reimagining by Brainfeeder beat maestro Ras G who has played a couple of shows with us. He took elements from the entire Wondem record and created an Afrikan Space Program classic. Producer and drummer Te’Amir Sweeney plays with the Wondem band and brought his sonic expertise with a crazy ambient remix of Saba. Emerging production collective Stomach Club, whom I met through my good friend and co-producer Carlos Niño one night in Venice, went all-in and vibey on the Somalian-inspired tune Xamar. Carlos himself provided a spirited soundscape featuring tracks from the entire record. International DJ and KCRW.com favorite Jeremy Sole took Lalibela to a new place with his awesome musicality and sensitivity. Prolific trumpeter, Ethio Cali bandleader and arranger Todd Simon did a sublime dub version of one of the more popular tunes on the record Sidet Eskemeche. The compilation is also blessed by an Al Dobson Jr. appearance. He completely flipped Mowa and I am grateful to him. Last but not least are two exceptional perspectives on Merkato Star and Eastern Prayer by our London-based homie Kutmah.
I am very proud of this Wondem Remixed offering and hope you find some new inspiration for yourself in here.
Dexter Story & Wondem perform at The Ford Theatre as part of Afro Funké Presents Africa Rising on Sunday, October 15. Rocky Dawuni headlines with sets by DJs Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red.
Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW Present
Featuring Rocky Dawuni, Wondem w/ Marie Daulne, Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red and more
Sunday, October 15, 2016
The Ford Theatre
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Dexter Story & Wondem band perform live in support of Buyepongo’s Todo Mundo album release event at The El Rey on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Buyepongo Record Release Party
Special guest Cut Chemist, Jeremy Sole, Dexter Story & Changüí Majadero
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 – 9:00PM
Ages: All Ages
Doors Open: 8:30PM
Price: $15.00 – $15.00
Onsale: Fri, Dec 4, 2015 – 10:00AM PST
Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.
presented by grand performances
Produced by Dexter Story, Jonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras
(producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)
Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Kahdja Bonet, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large, Loren Oden and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews
Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free
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Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Playing various instruments with Ethio Cali Ensemble live at Union Station celebrating the Ethiopian New Year on Friday, September 12.
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960s and 70s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia.
Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
8pm DJ set by Jeremy Sole (KCRW, TheLift, Afro Funké)
8:15p Ethio Cali first set
9p DJ set with Jeremy Sole
9:15p Ethio Cali second set
Ethiopian New Year Celebration w/ Ethio Cali Live
Friday, September 12, 2014
Fred Harvey Room
800 North Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Playing percussion and keys with Ethio Cali Ensemble at the 1 year birthday celebration for Grand Park on Thursday, October 10 from 7-10pm.
Grand Park celebrates a year of countless friendships made in the heart of LA. On THURS OCT 10, Jeremy Sole of KCRW, Ethio Cali, and the international blues collaboration between Cedric Watson (USA) and Sidi Toure (Mali) join forces at the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert, along with the most important guest – YOU!
See more at: http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-park-turns-one/?instance_id=5074#sthash.xEB4bYmT.dpuf
Ethio Cali Ensemble
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Grand Park’s Performance Lawn
(between Grand and Hill)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012
w/ Jeremy Sole, Sidi Toure and Cedric Watson
Music directing Young Gifted and Nina at Grand Performances on Friday, July 5, 2013.
We are particularly honored in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.
Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Alan Lightner – percussion & steel pan
Carlos Niño – percussion
JP Maramba – acoustic & electric bass
Jacques Lesure – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
Joey Dosik – wurlitzer, organ, alto saxophone
Steve Nalepa – visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian – piano, synthesizer
Special Guest: Ron Bishop – piano
+ Jeremy Sole KCRW – special invocation DJ set
and surprise guests
Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated by producer Jonathan Rudnick.
*Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza
For more info: www.grandperformances.org
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Playing drum set on Saturday, April 27th with Mark de Clive-Lowe and band at Church LA presented by The Lift. Church LA is a night of improvisational and dancey live music curated by international producer/pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe. The music at Church LA alternates between top notch DJ sets and all-star band performances. The band features percussionist Derf Reklaw, bassist Ready Freddie Washington, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and MdCL’s leading lady Mrs. de Clive-Lowe aka vocalist nia andrews. This is the first Church event sponsored by the popular after hours LA club staple The Lift.
The Lift and WePresentChurch Present Mark de Clive-Lowe’s
with very special guests
Jody Watley & Leon Ware
+ DJs Aaron Byd & Rani D
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9pm – 5am
Performing drum set with Mark de Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington + visuals by Professor Nalepa @ Aaron Byrd’s Hotel Shangri-La Summer Series Volume 1 in Santa Monica, CA. Join us for a unique live music & visual experience curated by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd. In honor of Clara Bow, one of the premier actresses of the silent film era, Byrd has gathered some of the best talent in Los Angeles to improvise live music scores to images from various black & white films & movies of the film noir era. The festivities are complimented by house-made gourmet treats, bar snacks, & poolside lounging. Curated classic themed cocktails & bites will be available. Cabana Reservations & Brunch Reservations & info contact: John@Shangrila-Hotel.com. Limited pre-sale tickets available @ $15 & are strongly suggested to ensure entry to the pool, sell-out expected:
Curated by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd:
Live Trio: Mark De-Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington, & Dexter Story (live music scorers)
Aaron Byrd (DJ/Scorer)
Jeremy Sole (DJ/Scorer)
El Dopa (DJ/Scorer)
Steve Nalepa (Visuals/VJ)
1301 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401