Worlds apart: Osunlade spices his beats with flavors from around the globe.
Osunlade, a veteran house music DJ hailing from Los Angeles, drops his Afro-Cuban/jazz/funk-influenced groove on downtown this weekend, thanks to the folks behind StraightNoChaser. Heading up his own label Yoruba Records, Osunlade's been making waves in the dance-music community since the '80s, working with musical geniuses from every genre that lands its way into his world beats, such as hip-hop scientist Jazzy Jeff, French vocalist Césaria Évora, and jazz vibraphone master Roy Ayers. His latest release, Aquarian Moon, is an audio journey of his trip to Greece, and it's heavily melodic in nature, using tons of acoustic instruments and live percussion to make the groove that much more urgent. On Friday, April 28, he'll be joined by special guest Ian Frost and SNC residents Santos, Joe DiPadova, and DJ Brazilia for an after-hours party at 617 North Seventh Street. Admission is $10, and the beats drop after 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.snc-az.com.