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Tū Crucial Sound System


Fri 23 Jan 2015, 8:00pm–11:55pm

Where: Moon, 167 Riddiford Street, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: Te Kupu

Dub, Toasting & Live Chat Inna Soundsystem style. Tū Crucial Sound Systems first official foray into the capital city with sets by Te Kupu, M.C. Wiya, and Winston Spliff, alongside selectors Small, Steve The Hat, and also guest DJ’s / MC’s.

Tū Crucial Sound System are a Deejay / MC / Riddim Selector collective headed by Te Kupu (Upper Hutt Posse and spoken word activist), M.C. Wiya (Upper Hutt Posse and elusive fisherman) and Winston Spliff (Dancehall Dons/King Dynamite/Dunedin Roots Collective & Nice Up Crew).
Formed by Te Kupu and Voodoo Chile in 1998, Tū Crucial hosted their first reggae dance party in Paekākāriki that year. Now in 2015, we see the crew progressing into a fluid and growing collective of selectors with the inclusion of more soul, funk & reggae specialists, Small, Steve The Hat & other guests.

Aside from past collaborations between the Mighty Asterix & DJ collective Roots Foundation, there hasn’t ever been much of a live vocal aspect to dance parties in Wgtn. But with Tū Crucial Sound System also providing a platform for other reggae deejays and MC’s, some of the void of live reggae toasting over classic and new riddims in Wellington can now be filled.

In contrast to the vocal sparseness associated with dance party culture Tū Crucial Sound System will bring an increased live presence. Engaging audiences through melodic, witty, and conscious lyrics over bass heavy riddims with delays and reverbs manipulated by the vocalist, boosting the randomness and energy of the natural freestyle flow and urgency built into reggae toasting.

Tū Crucial’s outings have been few and the focus is now on more regular events such as the recent reggae and soul music afternoon events at Raumati Beach (January 2nd & 10th) and an upcoming soul/funk/reggae/dub afternoon event at Paekākāriki (February 14th).

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