In April 2006, Tea Party Music (the record label that brought us the dance floor classics “Life Start’s Today” and “Theorema Del Faya”) and Manchildblack (recording artist of the West End Records joint “Rain” and promoter of the long running ALMA NYC party) joined forces to create an event that is now considered the Mecca of NYC’s Global Soul Culture, LIBATION. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month resident DJ Ian Friday digs deep in the crates of his eclectic collection to explore the multi-dimensional sounds of this music and invite all to dance, shout and exalt in its majesty! Global Soul is a form of dance music deeply rooted in the rhythms of the African Diaspora. With influences from Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central America, it is a music that celebrates the rich history of a people and their culture.
Currently held at the infamous LES nightspot, Sapphire Lounge, LIBATION is an event that gives its patrons a full course of aural and visual stimulation. As Ian keeps the dance floor in a frenzy, guests are treated to the agile moves of world renown dance collective and LIBATION hosts, Afro Mosaic Soul. The party’s artist-in-residence is none other than MTV Art Battle Winner, Concep, who along with his crew, Collaborative Arts Project, is always on hand to paint live on canvass or even on the body parts of willing participants. LIBATION has even exhibited the stunning photography of nightlife provocateur, Human, and Jae of Moon Rising NYC. In only two years of existence, the party has also had the pleasure of presenting some of Global Soul’s most influential and well respected DJs and performers including: DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, Karizma, Eric (Erro) Roberson, Stephanie McKay, Wunmi, Sara Devine and even legendary DJ/producer, Osunlade.
LIBATION will host two events at this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami, and have plans for a huge anniversary bash in New York this April 24th, featuring a special live performance by the exraordinary performer, Peven Everett, and his band. LIBATION and it’s organizers are definitely ones to watch this year as their event – and Global Soul movement of which they are a part of creating – continues to expand and grow worldwide.
Sapphire is located at 249 Eldridge Street (btwn Eldridge/Stanton), NYC. General club contact information: (212) 777-5153, http://www.sapphirenyc.com
A champion of DJ culture, music, art and dance, Sapphire boasts a Cabaret License (quite literally, a license which allows patrons to dance), a crisp sound system, dance floor, full bar and backroom art gallery. The small nightclub/lounge L.E.S. hideaway perpetuates an energetic party vibe, attracting a cool, quirky, trendy, and occasional celebrity, crowd. Long-running weekly Sapphire events like Funk You (Fridays), The New Jazzy Show (Saturdays) and Deep See (Tuesdays) feature talented DJs spinning an intelligent mix of music – from House and Electro to Rock & Roll, to Hip-Hop, depending on the night. Monthly parties, special events, private parties and rotating art exhibits add to the club’s unique, dynamic atmosphere.