Monday, May 16, 2005

Ghetto Red Hot

The weekend started off in top form on Friday night with a gig called ‘Ghetto Red Hot’ that took place at Room 101 on Ghuznee Street. Room 101 is a new venue in Wellington and is located downstairs at the longstanding Bar Bodega. This gig celebrated ‘…when Jamaican dancehall music reunited with its American descendant, hip-hop, and was a musical combination-special of heavy 80s, 90s and current dancehall reggae alongside the old-school and new-school of Jamaican influenced hip-hop from the US, Canada, Europe and NZ’. DJs Art Official and Spin Zero from the Yardwise crew hosted the night, with special guests Jnr Ranks from the Dancehall Dons (one of Wellington’s oldest crews) and Iya Far-I from Christchurch’s Dubwise Soundsystem.

The night lived up to expectations, with a great selection of hip-hop influenced dancehall and reggae. Room 101 is fast becoming one of my favourite venues for gigs of this nature, with its chilled out and intimate environment, yet one that still provides a nice dance-floor space. The crowd was large and a nice party vibe was sustained the whole night. Big up to the Yardwise family for putting on yet another night of quality sounds.

On Saturday night the Matterhorn was host to a night of reggae entitled ‘Passion Smash’. DJs on the night were Barney Ferrari (Barnaby Weir from the Blackseeds), Duke the Conqueror (Duke Willis) and Tonie Chiang. I did not check this out but heard there was a big turn-out.


Anonymous ruffness said...

Wiked gig !! Top quality selections through the nite. Well done Kru for a wiked nite, and hope to see more soon.

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