Monday, September 28, 2009
What is Amneisa? Glad you asked! Here's the history:
"In 1999, a chance conversation amongst friends unearthed the fact that the Toronto Urban entertainment scene lacked substance and failed to play music if it wasn’t new music. In fact, certain musical genres were found neglected and omitted – almost as though DJs and patrons had musical memory loss. In response, “AMNESIA”, a monthly old school event was born - with a mandate to play Classic House and Old School, and has grown to encompass other “forgotten genres” such as New Jack Swing (90s R&B), True School Hip Hop, Classic Slow Jams, and Retro including 70s and 80s television themes packaged as “Scratch’s Honky Hits.”
Over the past 10 years surprise guests have included hip hop icons MC Lyte, Special Ed, Greg Nice, CL Smooth, Chubb Rock and Naughty By Nature, house and dance acts Ten City (featuring Byron Stingly), Shannon (“Let the Music Play”), CeCe Peniston, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam and Canadian mainstays Maestro Fresh Wes, Michee Mee, Dream Warriors and the “T-Dot All-Stars” featuring Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Ro Dolla and Solitair as well as dance crews Bag-A-Trix and Do Dat Dance Agency."
And they say the hip hop audience doesn't honor its old school artists! That's some people after my own heart. Congrats on a decade of doing it big, guys!
Download Amnesia: The Old School Album: zip file. [download link and video via 1LoveTO]