Just a couple of month ago, the vibrant Aliwal Arts Centre played host to a pair of all-star ensembles celebrating their roots in funk, soul and jazz. And come next week, the multi-disciplinary venue will host yet another all-star group, known as The Ant-Men, who aim to "pull you through a night full of mind-bending, brain numbing and trip-inducing hip-hop to make you fall in love again."
Made up of a trio of prolific musicians in NAztyKeys (The Good Life Project), Aaron James Lee (The Steve McQueens) and Timothy De Cotta (TAJ), this absurdly talented outfit will be recreating some of the best work the African-American-originated genre has offer, while also featuring their own interpretations of classic songs with additional lyricism and arrangements by the Ant-Men themselves.
Last year, Marvel Comics published a hip-hop variant cover for The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 by Mark Brooks, paying homage to The Notorious B.I.G.'s album Ready To Die.
All night long, the super-band will be "paying tribute to the best hip-hop minds behind the movement, the message and the soul" of rap's rich cultural and socially-motivated heritage.
The function intends to re-create a 70's era block party environment, but "instead of a DJ on the turntables busting beats while the emcees spit fire", the musicians will be creating beats on live instruments while Tim (and other special guests) take the stage to deliver impassioned verses.
Aliwal Presents: Ant-Men takes place on Wednesday, 19 October at the Aliwal Arts Center from 7pm till late. Tickets are $10 at the door.