Dance OK Please 068 with Janaka Selekta (UK), General Zooz & Ranzen
DJ Night .
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About Janaka Selekta
Imagine a place where Indian classical folk traditions collide into the fringes of electronic music. Where the laid back space of dub reggae meets the energy of bass rattling dancefloors. This is the contoured landscape San Francisco based DJ and Producer Janaka Selekta evokes with his debut album, Pushing Air, out on the new label Chaiwalla’s Boombox on July 6, 2010.
Janaka’s upbringing is almost as diverse as his music, being born in Sri Lanka, raised in the United Kingdom and Kuwait, and now residing in the Bay Area. Pushing Air is a result of his blood, sweat, and tears through breakups, healings, and discovery throughout the past few years. The album was shaped on the road from SF to Chicago to NYC to the UK to India to Sri Lanka and back again. The outcome is an album that pushes a wall of sound forward never staying constant to one style or genre. It’s like you’ve travelled with Janaka on his journeys in each song. The SF Weekly broke it down by stating, “The album opens with "End of the Sun,"… soothing organ and elegant strings set up an ornate atmosphere before giving way to a midtempo, tabla-based beat progression. Tracks like "Awake" — featuring Chicago vocalist JC Stokes — "Bring the Curtain Down," and "Anklets" layer melancholy vocals with haunting melodies and the slow punch of deep dub bass tones.” The Weekly continued by describing, "The Escapist" blends sweeping strings from traditional Indian instruments bansuri and sarangi with crisp drum 'n' bass breaks. The album ends with the spiritually uplifting "Nomadic," which layers Hema Ram's evocative vocals over a percolating beat.” The album features other notable guests including Asian Dub Foundation’s Dr. Das, Riffat Sultana, and Salar Nadar.
About General Zooz
A founding member of New Delhi based group Reggae Rajahs, General Zooz is a stage entertainer who is equally comfortable as an MC or DJ. He has been in active in India for the last 10 years, appearing at festivals like Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic, NH7 Weekender, Sulafest and Ziro Festival amongst others. General Zooz has performed in over 20 countries and has opened for acts like Snoop Dogg, Major Lazer, Shaggy, UB40 and Apache Indian. He is Festival Director of India's biggest reggae festival, Goa Sunsplash. While reggae and dancehall remain his musical weapons of choice, Zooz's foundations were made strong by an early love of hip hop. His immersion into Jamaican music and culture has also led Zooz on a journey to include soca, afrobeats, jungle and some heavy bass elements into his sets. Inspired by the incredible energy of the Caribbean, General Zooz pays special attention to entertainment value and audience interaction in his performances.
Ranzen is a new media artist. Exploring new technologies to establish a unique approach to art making practice in contemporary Nepal. Through using sound and visual mediums to push boundaries in audio and visual perspectives, applying new media technologies with his signature analog sound.