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Grrillastep (DJ Dexter et al.), Samba Frog, DJ Russ Dewbury
Experience the flavour of one of the world’s most legendary club sessions as the “Jazz Rooms” continues its residency @ The Basement, Sydney!
Expect a dynamic mix of Jazz/Soul/Funk/Afro/Latin/Brasil/Boogie brought to you by resident DJ and host Russ Dewbury and featuring some of the heaviest International and homegrown live acts and djs around.
This show is guaranteed to drive you into a dance frenzy as we combine thrilling live performance from the cream of Australia’s new breed artists alongside a high octane carnival DJ mix from the roots to the shoots!
Grrilla Step is an exciting new live project from DJ Dexter of internationally-acclaimed Melbourne band The Avalanches teaming up with Papua New Guinean log drumming master Airi Ingram (Drum Drum) and the Pacific Islander Krump dance crew Royal Fam.
Completely unlike anything you’ve ever seen, heard or moved to before, Grrilla Step is a unique 9 piece collective that combines hip hop turntablism with dynamic drumming and the forceful ‘krump’ dance style of Dandenong crew Royal Fam creating an extraordinary, high energy show that’s sure to get you moving
Krumping is a relatively recent form of underground freestyle dance that emerged from Los Angeles’ South Central neighbourhood. In an area known for heavy gang crime, krumping was originally developed as an alternative means of expression to violence. An anagram created by its founders, for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, krump street crews challenged each other’s style in dance ‘battles’ to establish supremacy. Similar to breakdancing, but more aggressive, krumping features exaggerated and highly energetic standing moves.In krump, there is no right or wrong way to express one’s self – it’s an art form owned by feelings, not words or rules.
Grrilla Step have taken the form to the next level, creating a specifically Pacific style that weaves in traditional elements of family, sound and dance from the group members homelands of the Torres Strait Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa, PNG, West Papua, Philippines and New Zealand. For Dexter, the inspiration for the group formed while on a trip to the Northern Territory, where he was exposed to the Polynesian style of log drumming, which is structured, varied and intense
As a DJ, he heard the rhythms and immediately realised their potential for complementing quick-changing hip-hop breaks, He also noticed their innate energy as very similar to the underground krump dancing coming out of Melbourne’s Royal Fam crew. The obvious step was for Dexter to get in the middle of it all and act as a bridge between the two styles.
Headliners at both 2010’s Big Day Out and WOMADelaide, Grrilla Step are pursuing their collective vision of incorporating cultural music into hip-hop, and creating a new Australian music form which is truly boundary-crossing and groundbreaking. They are set to stun Jazz Rooms @ the Basement with this highly anticipated show.
Are a dynamic 25 piece Samba/Batucada drum section who have featured at previous Jazz Rooms events blowing the roof off each time.
Led by Jean Luc Stora this is an exhilarating live experience not to be missed!
DJ Russ Dewbury
Russ provides the Jazz Rooms unique soundtrack connecting cutting edge dance vibrations from all strands of black music past present and future. With a firm emphasis on dance floor energy, expect full on club sessions with special guests through the evening and after the bands until late!
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