A Conversation with Ian Friday

A Conversation with Ian Friday

Ian Friday is an audio/visual curator who explores and exhibits cultural traditions and histories of people from the African diaspora. Founder of Global Soul Music, Ian produces music that archive and uncover ongoing black musical cultures connecting house, soul, Afro beat, jazz and world music. As Associate Director of The Colored Girls Museum Ian assists in developing programming and creates marketing for the museum's social media platforms. The histories of people from African descent have been passed down through the ages primarily through oral tradition. Music and art serve as conduits to deepening our understanding of those narratives.

I had a chance to chat with Ian Friday about his career, artistic endeavors and why community means so much to him.

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Chicago Spotlight: The Young Guns

Chicago Spotlight: The Young Guns

Thanksgiving night holds a special treat for Chicago.  The Chosen Few DJ’s present, “The Giving “with special guests, Young Guns.  This is a special event as it features two rising stars in the house music scene; 11 year old DJ Marcellus from Chicago and 16 year old DJ Ameer from New Jersey. 

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Chicago Spotlight: Craig Loftis-A Pioneer with A Purpose

Chicago Spotlight: Craig Loftis-A Pioneer with A Purpose

This week it was my pleasure to interview, House Pioneer, Craig Loftis.  Craig is a jack of all trades; DJ, remixer, Designer, Sound Engineer and now club owner. Having been part of the House Scene from inception, he carries a wealth of knowledge, history and memories.   I recently had a moment to speak with him about his career, his new venture as club owner, house music and its future.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with "The Discopoet, KhariB"

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with "The Discopoet, KhariB"

This week on the spotlight, I’m pleased to chat with artist, Khari B also known as The Discopoet.   Khari B. is a spoken word musician and educator working internationally as both a performer and instructor in the literary arts. With a reputation for delivering powerful performances with intense instrumental accompaniment, Khari B.'s energetic nature is inextricably tied to growing up in Chicago's House music scene and being the son of two educators, one being acclaimed woodwindist, Mwata Bowden.  His inspirational and mentally rousing work has been requested across the globe, staking out a place in the hearts of audiences and appealing to a diversity of fans spanning multiple ages and ethnicities.  He has a reputation for delivering powerful performances with intense instrumental accompaniment.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Artist, Jon Pierce

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Artist, Jon Pierce

He's worked withTerry Hunter, Louie Vega, Sean Ali, and Ralf Gum just to name a few.  His single “Never” is a fan favorite and his artistry is heard on dance floors all across the world.  His first EP is the poetic rhythms titled “The Love Take Over”, which is a vibrant and up-tempo dance collection produced by Chicago-based DJ Sean Ali for Sounds of Ali Recordings. Already a fan favorite, this project is a true testament to Jon’s vocal capabilities and the authenticity of his unique sound.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Jon about his career and creative process and his future.

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