Culoe De Song
Chosen ( DC )
Saturday, February 24th • Bar opens 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club 10PM.
Osunlade ( Yoruba Records | Greece )
Culoe De Song ( Innervisions, De Song Music | ZA )
Samantha Francesca ( Sticky Fingers Collective | DC )
Andy Grant ( DC House Grooves | DC )
Mazi R ( STP | DC )
Flash Bar: Dusk
DJ Soul ( Dusk | DC )
Chosen ( DC )
Osunlade is a musician who lives his art. Both his music and his being create unified melodies awash with life, wisdom, and equilibrium. Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, a place which pioneered jazz and blues, and spawned such innovators as Miles Davis, Osunlade discovered the piano at age seven. Like a dove from the sky the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By the time he was twelve he found an interest in creating and producing his own songs. He formed a local band, taught himself how to play several other instruments, and further pursued the development of his unique sound. He had managed to learn the drums, bass and guitar, and had discovered his voice. His deeply personal musical testimonies had begun.
Over the next ten years, with credits for over 20 albums, Osunlade began to feel the pressures and practices of the music business had overshadowed his passion for music. Deciding he would no longer work under the influence of corporate demands, he chose instead to seek spiritual solace and honour his soul. This spiritual pilgrimage led him to Ifa, a naturalist ancestral culture based on divination, deriving from the Yoruba tribes of Africa and subsequently practiced by African American slaves.
In 1999 Osunlade embarked on what has become his dream come true: the founding of Yoruba Records. Recognized as one of the most important dance music labels worldwide, Yoruba Records is a pure source of music created to elevate the spirit. In little under a year, and with only two singles, Osunlade would receive praise from his peers, finally finding the love he sought for years within the underground dance music community.
Osunlade has continued to evolve and is currently sharing his vision alongside a new band. With a new album in the works, fans will finally hear the true inner voice of the man and feel the honesty and conviction of his spirit.
CULOE DE SONG:
Culoe’s music has been described as “epic African house with a strange touch,” while he sums it up as “a dramatic vibration of ‘the drum’.” Culoe’s chords sky-write while his rhythms writhe, and more than any other SA house artist he’s managed to ‘successfully segue international and local sounds – mixing the best beats from both worlds.He then joined Soulistic Music, a label founded by Black Coffee and it’s been a great adventure for Culoe De Song as a member of this family. Culoe also achieved a great involvement with the Red Bull Music Academy after being selected to be one of the worldwide participants to attend the Academy in Barcelona, Spain in 2008. During that time Culoe De Song performed in places such as Club Macarena and Fellini in Barcelona.
In 2009, Culoe De Song signed under Germany’s Innervisions, a family of acts such as Dixon, Ame, Henrik Schwarz releasing tracks such as “The Bright Forest”, “Super Afro”, and “African Subway”. Also, he is now working on a number of projects as part of his emerging international introduction, including the Reggie Dokes “Let Me Go” EP released on Boddhi Satva’s Offering Recordings, Belgium.Culoe De Song is working towards making a number of world appearances and portraying the best image of what lies in the inside his heart.