Friday, August 22, 2008

Black Dots and Blue Notes! DAKAH

If by chance you are in the Los Angeles Area you have got to check out DAKAH the Hip Hop Orchestra! Dakah is a full symphony orchestra augmented by a full rhythm section including a group of rappers and singers and turntablists. This is a site to behold I assure you.

Dakah is a home grown orchestra based in Los Angeles. Years ago when I was less hip and more closed minded to the idea that hip hop and other genres could mesh successfully. I was wrong. Dakah blends the two genres perfectly! Dakah held residence at the Conga room for years and I didn't go! Oh, what a fool I was!

Conductor Geoff "Double G" Gallegos, the orchestras principal arranger has successfully bridged the chasm between Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Aaron Copeland, William "Count" Basie and Edward "Duke" Ellington with all the modern 20th and 21st century sounds, instrumentation and dissonance and the spoken word and spare instrumentation and complex rhythms of hip hop!

Ok, enough egghead stuff, Dakah just rox! Once again they are gracing us with a free concert at the awesome California Plaza courtesy of Get there early because they get over 5000 people some nights hipped to the great sounds and sights that the area has to offer.

California Plaza
Downtown Los Angeles
On the rooftop by the waterfall

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