For the release party of In The Red Volume 2, the Brit Funk compilation by Saint-James, French label Chuwanaga wants to celebrate the British Jazz-Funk sound from the end of 70's/early 80's during an exclusive event at Giant Steps' amazing venue.
They're bringing with us the incredible band Echoes Of, one of the best french cover bands. They will play tracks from the era, with live PA from original London funksters Lester Batchelor (Atmosfear), Carlton White (Potion) & Everton Mccalla (Light Of The World, Freeez, Potion...)
Behind the decks, be sure to check london Jazzcotech boss Perry Louis and amazing London Boogie DJ Deb Joy from Crackers Radio.
Of course, last but not least, the two founders of the label will be there, Clémentine & Saint-James, the author of the compilation.
Between the end of the 1970's and the early 1980's, a new sound appeared in London and its surroundings a unique mix of Funk, Jazz-Funk and Disco, a genre known as Britfunk. Characterized by its raw energy that can put the needle "In The Red", this uptempo sound was a match for the UK's dancers and clubs. It took indeed English clubs by storm and achieved considerable success through its frontrunners: bands such as Hi-tension, Atmosfear, Light of The World and Freeez to only name a few.
More than just a music genre or enclosed expression of black britishness, it constituted a genuine musical movement with its own dedicated labels, fashion sense and most importantly its own set of values that fueled the whole scene. Britfunk built itself within a multicultural utopia : black people, white people, straight and queer all dancing in the same room to the same loud sound.