After performing at the Janus party at Chester’s last Saturday, legendary Bounce queen Katey Red will play a second Europe Berlin gig at Südblock tomorrow (Oct 15). Katey is a pioneer of the New Orleans Bounce scene and has been around since the late Nineties, when she signed to the famous Bounce label Take Fo’ Records and released her first hit “Melpomene Block Party (Dirty)”, which is still a classic of the genre. As a trans artist she paved the way for “sissy bounce” artists like Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Nicky Da B and is more productive than ever while remaining one of the scene’s most important faces – fans of Treme might remember her from her appearances in the show in 2011, she also appeared in Big Freedia’s “Queen of Bounce” last year. At Südblock Katey will be suported by Rusty Lazer, another central figure of Bounce music and manager of artists such as Big Freedia (2009-2012) and Nicky Da B (see below with Diplo) as well as Berlin’s very own Black Cracker, who will perform new tracks such as the beautifully contemplative piece ”BACK”, which he released a few weeks ago.
As an introduction to her approach to Bounce music and culture, Katey has put together a commented list of her five favorite Bounce videos and tracks for our ongoing PICK 5 series - a great warm-up for everyone who will be able to attend the gig tomorrow and a Bounce history lesson + a great opportinuty to get up and move the lower part of your body for everyone else. For more information about the event tomorrow presented by DTM aka Doing The Most, S&yM and eVe without Adam and more links to the artist please check out Facebook or download the flyer (PDF).
1. Fly Boy Keno – St. Bernard
“St. Bernard is the name of a legendary housing project from New Orleans. The song is written for folks who rep that project, which has since been torn down in the aftermath of Katrina.”
2. Crowd Mova Crystal – 6th Ward Dumaine
“The 6th Ward is the Mid-City part of New Orleans, just outside the French Quarter, and this song, like St. Bernard, is about pride in your neighborhood. But in this case it’s the entire 6th Ward, instead of a single housing development. It’s definitely a song for the shakers, a workout.”
3. Messy Mya – Iberville
“Iberville is also the name of a housing project, but what makes this song unique is the story of Messy Mya himself. He was a comedian well known for “booking” people, which is a New Orleans term for taking the piss out of someone. He was brutally shot at a party in New Orleans just before the birth of his son, Julian. Photos went out all over the internet of Mya dead in the street, and gave the situation national newsworthiness for the shocking nature of the photos and the ethics of posting them.”
4. Nicky Da B – Express Yourself
“Nicky Da B and Diplo collaborated via Rusty Lazer at Rusty’s house back in 2012. The song has gone on to mainstream success via a the hashtag #expressyourself which was coined by Diplo as part of a contest to get free tickets for life to any Major Lazer concert. The dance move people were told to do in posted tweets was an upside down headstand against the wall, which was done by Quack in the video. It has since found it’s way into Dorito’s commercials, TV theme songs and Bjork DJ sets in it’s unique rise and surprising rise.”
5. DJ Jubilee – Back That Ass Up
“‘Back That Ass Up’ is a classic New Orleans Bounce song made by the King of Bounce, DJ Jubilee. It’s a snapshot of the moment Bounce made itself known to the world and the video shows just how popular the music was, and is today, across the city. Jubilee still raps to this day, and has performed at virtually every school in New Orleans. Black kids, white kids, private schools and public…almost everyone hears Jubilee at some point growing up and his songs have become choreographed line dances that are like an initiation to Bounce, and learning all the individual moves throughout the song is like brushing your teeth to many New Orleans natives, young and old.”