- 7 years ago
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Mos Def goes all the way LIVE at the Montreux Festival 2000. Determined to prove that “blues, jazz, rock'n'roll and hip-hop are one and the same music: those of black folks in America”, Mos Def doesn’t just bring a DJ and some beats (his younger brothers DCQ and the Gold Medal Man) to the stage.
It’s a regular black star line up, including Will Calhoun (drums), T.M. Stevens (bass), Weldon Irvine (keys), Kevin Lewis (horns) and Roger Bonds (sax). This unbalanced rock/soul-meets-hip hop ensemble still makes it funky enough for 26-year old Mos Def to get his groove on, and the public obviously loves the whole experiment to def.
A friend of mine who was working at Montreux that year recorded the concert, straight from the mixing desk. Nice. As I was going through my MiniDisc Archives, I found this long forgotten recording and here it is, for your listening pleasure..
Lazy Rebel for the Love of Music.