Last Friday I was able to meet with corporate leaders, politicians, US Ambassador to Japan, etc. to talk about US-Japan relations and ting. But after immersing in the core of Babylon East,it was all about Japanese reggae at Club Ageha on Tokyo Bay. If you are in Tokyo on a Friday night be sure to check out the wicked dancehall scene poolside! Arrive late with your wining shoes on, because the party continues through sunrise and don’t stop until 8 in the mornin’.
Leading up the dancing were the energy goddesses, original bad gal crew Helty Baddy Girls! Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Youko-san, who you may catch dancing in NY, Kingston, or soon in Toronto. She came down to Miami and danced for my students at FIU (click the link above to check it out).
Blast Star、Unity Sound、Black Gold Soundなどのレゲエ／ダンスホールのプレーを朝まで十分楽しませてもらったんだけどやっぱりハイライトはDJ Hazimeの誕生日お祝いにoriginal queen of Japanese reggaeのPushimさんのサプライズライブだったな〜。
International Japanese sounds Blast Star, Unity Sound, and Black Gold Sound mashed up the dance all night long. But the highlight had to be catching a special surprise performance of the original singing queen of Japanese reggae, Ms. Pushim-P! She came out to sing a special happy birthstrong chune for hip hop specialist DJ Hazime.
I’ve been a fan of Pushim’s music since she burst pon da scene in the late 1990s, but had only seen her live once before. She sang her big tune “Rainbow.” I usually listen to it on my ipod sitting on Miami Beach, so to hear it live in Tokyo was a true treasure.
Keep an eye out for Helty Baddy at a dance near you ‘cause they global! Ari-T from Blast Star is coming back to Ft. Lauderdale, so be sure to check him if you’re in South Florida. If you haven’t scoped Pushim’s discography you are truly missing out. Be sure to check for her music at Deadly Dragon cause you may be able to find a gem or two.