July 2nd, 2010
At a very special night in the “VTech Phones @ Fresh Selects present…” concert series at Portland’s The Fix @ Someday Lounge – opening acts, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins, set the pace for what would become a moment that would go down in live Portland music history. The pair commanded a beyond sold-out crowd through both singles and beloved album cuts alike, working the eager crowd’s scattered energy into a focused beam, commanding their attention like the true funk revolutionaries they are.
In the video we see Georgia, who has written & produced on a song on each of Badu’s last two albums, accompany her partner in the fOnk, Dudley on “Run It Down,” a song from his 2009 album, Holy Smokes (which Georgia also produced). Also included is a clip of the Mama’s Gun holder herself – Erykah Badu – giving Georgia her due respect and making sure the crowd knew exactly what they had just witnessed & figuratively passing the torch onto the next bearer for afrocentric soul music, proclaiming “Mama Afrika is back – & alive!!!”. And ending on as positive a note as they began, Dudley does a give & take chant with the crowd before making way for the rest of the night’s magic to unfold.
The Fix DJ’s:
& DJ Kez