This is a very exciting project that is quite close to heart. In 2009, VTech and Mochilla put on a 3 part event series entitled "Timeless," showcasing The Suite for Ma Dukes orchestra, Mulatu Astatke, and Arthur Verocai, and March 2010, they will be releasing a limited edition box set DVD of each event, w/ extra behind the scenes footage, poster, exclusive music, full liner notes, etc. Although the Suite for Ma Dukes event maybe most relevant and of interest, w/ it's features from Posdnuos (De La Soul), Dwele, Bilal, Talib Kweli, Common, Karriem Riggins, and many others, all 3 events help create a bridge between producer/arrangers of yesteryear to the modern day hip hop producer.
The full press release is below, and today, I'm happy to share an exclusive video and audio track from the Suite for Ma Dukes event, mixed and mastered by legendary Grammy award-winning producer/mixer Bob Power, best known for his work with De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, Badu, and many more. Also, this is the first time folks can see the artwork and packaging for the box set DVD.
Enjoy Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and the Suite for Ma Dukes orchestra in their version of "Take Notice" from J Dilla's highly acclaimed Rough Draft EP.Download AUDIO here
The Suite for Ma Dukes Orchestra "Take Notice"