A few months back I talked to 2-Tone about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event series in DC, as all of our lectures, events, etc. take place outside of the DMV (which is where we’re based), and the idea of screening Kung-Fu flims and playing classic hip-hop came to mind. Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics – those week or weekend nights where everyone gathers at one friend’s crib to eat, watch, drink, listen, freestyle (not all in that order) and the idea of doing CAN I KICK IT? was birthed.
We’d been in search of a venue and Kat (Lil Soso Productions) approached me about doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event to be apart of a series of events she was curating for a new DC spot called Cause and asked if we’d be down, so…
Join us for the launch of CAN I KICK IT? – a unique, monthly event series catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between. Starting Sunday December 8th (and taking place every 2nd Sunday thereafter) @ Cause, 5pm-9pm, CAN I KICK IT? will consist of two films being screened throughout the venue with attendees also enjoying a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. SHAOLIN JAZZ artwork and additional visuals on display as well.
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When I first started MAKE NO!SE there were a number of individuals that I knew I wanted to highlight and Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi was one of them. I first met Kat (via a mutual friend) at a house warming party for a friend of ours about 6-8 years ago and it was during that first conversation (while Kat explained what she did and would like to do) all that I could think of was “DRIVEN.” She’s one of those people that has a genuinely positive aura and energy about themselves, armed with fresh ideas and a self-motivating drive to make them happen and happen correctly.
Her company, Lil SoSo Productions, produces some of the most eclectic and concept driven events (ed. note – she’s NOT a promoter), in addition to managing an array of colorful artists and DJs, the DC area (and the east coast for that matter) has to offer. Through the years I’ve worked with Kat on a variety of projects and its always amazing to run with individuals who can bring their visions to life.
Check out the photo shoot and corresponding video which highlight Kat through her home office and events she developed and executed for Smirnoff’s “Master of the Mix” DJ reality show. Photography by Rosina Photography, video by Opiyo Okeyo, product support by Native Shoes. Click the link below to see the full shoot:
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To see the photo shoot click here.
This next edition of MAKE NO!SE hits home, as the subject is a good friend of mine. Stay tuned for the segment which will drop Monday October 3rd, 2011.
Subject: Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi
Occupation: Concept Event Producer
Company: Lil SoSo Productions, LLC
Brand Partner: Native Shoes
Photography: Rosina Photo
Video: Stellar Creative
Its OFFICIAL! After about 3+ months SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber is done. This project has grown from just a “mixtape” to becoming, in my opinion, a full blown album and 2-Tone and I are developing a series of listening parties for DC, NYC, and LA.
Check out the flyer above for info regarding the first listening party which will take place in DC, Sat. March 26, at Palace 5ive – good lookin’ out Greg!
The Smirnoff Master of the Mix – Finale Viewing Party at Muse capped off the series perfectly. Congrats to DJ Scratch for pulling off the win and congrats to Kat and her Lil Soso team for pulling off a very successful series of viewing parties.
When Harlem Came to Paris ’10 has continued upon the successes of previous years. The following and aesthetic (back-story, sounds, food, people, dress, etc..) that WHCTP is building is effortlessly molding this event into one of the more culturally significant programs of the year, and it’s only getting bigger.
Thank you to all who attended, our sponsors, Sylvain and the Alliance Francais d’Washington, this year’s cast, Jen and Dionne (bar staff), Carlos and his phenomenal culinary team, and Kat (visionary to fruition!) and her Lil Soso team.
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