Sonic Liberation Front
I decided to post a little about my current music picks because how and what we listen is a reflection of who we are. Our culture, our history, our past and future, and how we see ourselves and the world now.
I’m from Philadelphia, and when I think of Phiily, the feeling I get is what happens to me when I listen to The Sonic Liberation Front. Creative, spontaneous, intimate, open, empowering, connecting and reconnection, communal.
Movement/dance is very important to me. As a young child I spent as much time outside running around as I could. That running/movement was first given form in a church sponsored workshop by the Arthur Hall Afro-African American Dance Ensemble. http://bbparkslope.com/IleIfe/ahc/aade.html It was here that I first remember dancing to drums and dancing as myself in a community. It was 1972, I was 15 and I felt at home. I learned the heart beat rhythm of the drum and how it can resonate into ones being. That workshop still resonates, still informs my movement, still beats in my heart.
It was a little while after that workshop that I started playing a lot of basketball, mostly by myself, just shooting hoops at an indoor court across the field. For hours after school I would take my portable radio, run around and shoot to the lyrics and rhythm. One day while flipping through the stations I discovered Temple University radio and the DJ Samer Ali Sada. From the first sounds of artists such as , Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Scot Heron, Don Ellis and many others my b-ball groove thing completely changed.
I made a connection with that past workshop and dancing/moving/running around, on my own and by myself. With movement that was structured (by the ball) and free (by the music) all to the sounds of American music-Jazz.