Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Suite For Ma Dukes: Reminisce

17 Feb

Something hip and smooth for your bagel and lox, coffee drinking, New York Times reading Sunday morning–which is perhaps the kind of morning I’m wishing for, one I haven’t had in a million years, and am not having right now because while you’re tuning in, I’m at work…still, enjoy.

I was turned onto this by my friend, Warren Leach, who posted this on his music page on Facebook: Melodies and Harmonies (The Unsung, Underplayed and Underappreciated).  Thanks, Warren!

And look what I learned about the Suite For Ma Dukes by visiting Wikipedia:

A Suite for Ma Dukes is a live musical tribute to J Dilla  (dj and hip-hop artist, music producer who died at the age of 32 from a rare blood disease) arranged and conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with the help of Carlos Nino and a 60-piece orchestra. Originally a four-song EP of a selection of J Dilla’s works, the project expanded and culminated into a series of live events that were recorded for a subsequent live album release. The concert, the second in the Timeless Conductor Series presented by Mochilla, included orchestral renditions of several J Dilla’s productions and featured appearances by soul singers Dwele and Bilal, rappers Posdnous, Talib Kweli and Illa J, along with various instrumental and vocal contributions by some of Dilla’s close collaborators like Karriem Riggins, Shafiq Husayn, Thundercat and Amp Fiddler. Atwood-Ferguson said, “Dilla’s music is so heartfelt, soulful and transcendent. It is perfect for someone like me to reinterpret and celebrate in my own way. It’s really been fun for me to explore his music in an orchestral setting.”1




SOURCE:  www.facebook.com – Melodies and Harmonies page

www.youtube.com – Suite for Ma Dukes featuring Bilal posted by artdontsleep

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_Dilla


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