This year marks my 2nd time attending Buku Music & Art Festival in the lovely city of New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-12 2016. This festival embraces the melting pot of cultures in the Dirty South and welcomes about 14,000 people a day from all over the States. I may have a slight bias because NOLA is one of my favorite cities to go to for vacation but, besides Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, Buku has to be my favorite music festival I’ve attended. It also happens to fall the weekend before spring break for Texas Colleges so that’s always a plus too! More info here: BUKU
I heard about Buku my Freshman year at McNeese State. Since I was new to the area I had to find things to do on the weekend so I went online to find a bunch of future concerts and events coming up around Louisiana. Then I came across a page that mentioned Buku and being the curious person I am. I HAD to look it up and see what it was all about. I found out it was still very new (only on its 3rd year) and embraced a diverse lineup of artist ranging from hip-hop to inde and baile funk.
What makes this festival so unique to me isn’t just the variety in music but the culture behind it. They welcome dancers and performers such as The Mad Scientists; three scientist sharing one cart for their instruments as walk back and forth throughout the festival grounds (see video below) I’ve also attached some clips and pictures of the other entertainment from my instagram page
See the Mad Scientist in action! (Day 2)
One of my highlights from this year was having the chance to see Mystikal, Juvenile, and Fly Boi Keno; the predecessor to Nicky Da B another Bounce MC that was rising up until he died after a fight with an illness. You may know the name, Nicky Da B had a crossover hit with Diplo on their track “Express Yourself”. Fly Boi Keno was the next man up behind Nicky and now he has to fill in the shoes for NOLA Bounce. He has gained some more notoriety recently thanks to Diplo and Skrillex aka Jack Ü. They actually performed at the Clippers halftime show this season, which can be viewed HERE. Jack Ü recruited the Bounce MC for “Beat Steady Knockin”, their own twist on New Orleans Bounce Music, a distinct, regional genre of twerk music that came about in the early 90’s. This music is easily recognized by a drum pattern known as the “Triggaman Beat”. Booming 808’s, chopped up vox and “Drag Rap” samples make up the basis of the music. Just a quick Bounce Music 101 for you that aren’t familiar.
THIS is the Triggaman Beat (see video)
Seeing Mystikal and Juvenile at the same show one after another was a childhood dream come through. I was young when these guys were making their mark in music history but I was definitely in the loop! Both are legends in NOLA and the south for being on the original rosters of two influential record labels in the “Dirty South” era of music in the 90’s .
Juve The Great was a Cash Money Millionaire led by Baby whilst Mystikal was a No Limit Soldier underneath Master P. Although I was a little kid when they were making their marks in music history, 97.9 The Box always kept me in the loop on the new and upcoming artist. More videos to be added; trying to find the best way to upload them without losing sound quality.
I also got to see What So Not, Jai Wolf, Mija b2b Anna Lunoe b2b Nina Las Vegas, Sweater Beats, last year they had Porter, RL Grime, Odeza, XXYYXX. Most of these names should be familiar if you’re into the electronic side of music. All of these guys and bands are super talented producers. Bands included CHVRCHES, Miike Snow, Crystal Castles, Break Science and more.
Rappers I saw this year were; Casey Veggies whom I’ve been a fan of since the first Odd Future tape, Future, Kid Cudi, A$AP Ferg. Last year I got to see Lil B and A$AP Rocky, THE Boozie Badazz, Ghostface Killa, and Yung Lean.
My favorite part of the festival this year was being able to meet some really cool people and unintionally make an impact on some peoples days. I had met up with some friends that go to LSU and live in NOLA, one of them worked for this company called Electric Family and asked me to carry out a “Free Hugs” sign for the day.
Being the spontaneous guy I am I decided to roll with it and I don’t regret it! It was really rad to see the effect something so small could have on another person. I met people that came from Michigan, San Francisco, and New York. Everyone had a story to tell; couples on their wits end, individuals just feeling down on their luck only to be reminded that things will always get better even when you lose hope. My free hug, encouraging words, and conversation was enough to lift their spirits up and make their night! That’s a pretty nice feeling to have and I enjoyed every second of it.
Well I think that about sums up my Buku experience! See ya next time