Digital Portrait // Picó Picante FT. UHURU AFRIKA & KINGDOM / by Spirited Magazine

With their party-perfect tunes and a string of electrifying DJs, including two pulsating new guests UHURU AFRIKA andKINGDOMFriday (11.16.12) is officially a club kids’ candy store for dance enthusiasts. It’s easy to see why we are so obsessed with the fact that we are about to feel the full fire that is Picó Picante at Good Life (upstairs and downstairs). We were able to catch up and ask our “pajarita” Sarah Skolnick (Picó Picante’s organizer, collaborator and Dj) to present you our featured artists and we also included mixes that whether you are at an office cubicle or a train station, you’ll find impossible to turn off.

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Uhuru Afrika (downstairs headline) is a conscious dance party movement navigated by DJs Adam Gibbons and Max Pela and Malian master percussionist Sidy Maiga, honoring the music born from the African continent and the diaspora. Their format covers hundreds of years and thousands of miles, from traditional ancestral pan-african poly-rhythms to modern electronically produced dance music. Anchored in Boston, Uhuru Afrika has opened for the likes of Femi Kuti and Tony Allen, and has brought Afro-inspired   sounds to clubs and festivals around the globe.

Here’s a MIX that will make you regret working in heels today:

THIS MIX WEAVES TOGETHER A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE MOST CALIENTE DANCE FLOOR SHAKERS TYPICALLY HEARD AT THEIR EVENTS, BUILDING A MARRIAGE OF THE ANCESTRAL AND A MODERN DANCE FLOOR PUNCH.

Starting out with an ethereal organ-laden track by Boddhi Satva blending polyrhythms of the Congo’s Ituri Forest, the mix travels through South African house, remixes of Celia Cruz’s classic “Eleggua,” Nigerian soul vocals by Siji, Uhuru dance floor classic “Her Song” by 3 Generations Walking, with drum tracks woven in and out creating a new lineage for the diaspora.

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Los-Angeles-based DJ / producer KINGDOM (upstairs headline) brings his otherworldly gleam, fusing grime, crunk, US club and house with his unique adaptations of R&B vocals. Formerly of Bok Bok & LVIS-1990’s London-based Night Slugs collective, Kingdom now heads up the widely respected Fade to Mind label, releasing work by experimental American club producers like MikeQ, Nguzunguzu and Rizzla.

THE LABEL “PUSHES ASIDE DANCE MUSIC’S DUSTY REPUTATION AS A CLOSED, TRADITIONALLY MALE-DOMINATED UK-CENTRIC RELIC OF THE ‘90S AND INVIGORATES THE SCENE WITH YOUNG TALENT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE” [THE FADER].

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Picó Poster by Ernesto Morales

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