On Saturday December 8, artists and deejays
threw a party in Astoria, Queens that featured
music from all over the world. They called it
Makossa and it attracted a crowd of young fun(k)-seekers.
There was a guy dressed as Superman and a few
Santas* came to spread some holiday cheer. There
were dancers and live music fans and plenty
of local color at this festive loft-party-haven
from the cold New York City night.
Deejays like Small Change spun afro-beat, samba
and salsa to keep the crowd happy and dancing.
Later in the night, Amayo, from Antibalas, displayed
a new type of afro-beat with his band called
Fu Arkestra. The show was complete with sun-filled
cello sounds and lots of drums. To complete
the picture, there was a psychedelic slide show
going on in the background and a fire dancer
outside. The fire dancing was being performed
and recorded and then simultaneously projected
onto the wall in the party, which made for a
very cool visual effect.
Later in the night, Capoeira dancers showed
their moves while Grupo Brasil, a seven-piece
band, heated up the musical flow with live samba.
When the dance floor got too hot, caipirinhas
and mojitos were served to cool off the thirsty
crowd. There was a hookah burning in a side
room as well - mmm…strawberry. It was
a world-of-fun night!
To attend great events like Makossa, contact
Small Change at www.djsmallchange.com,
join his list serve, and serve yourself a big
portion of New York Cool.
*Santacon is an event that happens every year
around this time where fifty or so New Yorkers
dress up as Santa Claus to run around the city
drinking and being merry. Later, some of them
end up at random parties throughout the city
still dressed in their festive best.