Saturday, January 21, 2012

Me Voy Ahora, Think Twice and Body and Soul MLK Celebration 2012

It has been almost a week since the last posting and as I promised here is the recap of Body & Soul: MLK Celebration Party.  I arrived later than usual this time and to my benefit since I was planning on staying all the way to the end this time.   The party was in full force upon arrival and thanks to the Webster Hall and Body and Soul staff for the unexpected VIP treatment I received.  It was a very easy and quick entrance.   The music was in full swing with the magic of Joe Claussell, Francois K and Danny Krivit.  Highlights from the evening included the beautiful "Bambara" by Joe Claussell, the festive call and response "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonders,  house classic "Shake Your Body" by Jeanette "J.T." Thomas.  Other highlights included the amazing " Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by U2. It was cathartic to be dancing to this song in 2012 on a big dance space with a mostly African American crowd.  The evening ended with a slew of dance classics too many to mention with Joe Claussell joining the dance floor at the end when all the balloons came down.  To sum up here are two songs that I don't think were even played but I feel sums up the quality and spectrum of songs played during the whole evening.  First, here is "Me Voy Ahora" by  Ismael Miranda which is beautifully remixed by Joe Claussell from his must have record Hammock House: Africa Caribe.  Also, here is The Detroit Experiment's "Think Twice" (Henrick Schwarz Remix) Thank you B&S for keeping the real tradition of dancing and becoming one on the dance floor alive in NYC! Enjoy

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