it's a Brazilian blowout or a TEDx Talks
conference, Kyle Long makes it his mission to bring music from all cultures
into the city of Indianapolis. Back in an October 2014 article, the active Indy deejay told Sky BlueWindow's contributor Rob Peoni, "Whatever I
do, whether it's writing my column for NUVO
or my deejay sets, it's all about bringing what's perceived as an outside
musical tradition into the world of mainstream entertainment in this city."
Continuing down the same path, Long will kick off the latest of his enriching
endeavors this Friday, presenting the first in a monthly series of events
celebrating West African highlife music.
"Highlife is one of the great forms of dance music in the
world," Long explains. "It's incredibly funky with hypnotic rhythms and guitar
lines. The songs tend to be quite long, which opens up room for all sorts of
jazzy or psychedelic experimentation."
Courtesy of Kyle Long & Sweet Poison Victim
Deejay Kyle Long and Sweet Poison Victim will both be performing at The Hi-Fi Friday night.
Every month, Fountain Square's The Hi-Fi will turn into a hot
and sweaty dance club to the tune of highlife music, thanks to Long's free "High
Life at the Hi-Fi" events. The shows will feature Long
spinning all kinds of African dance tunes, along with a performance from Indy
highlife-inspired band Sweet Poison Victim.
"We're all really excited about the potential of this night to
grow into something big," Long says. "It's going to be a super-fun dance party
that will expose people to amazing sounds they may have never heard before."
In the future, Long hopes to attract touring acts to take part
in the monthly series too, all the while exposing more
and more Indy ears to this unique brand of African music.
For more information on this Friday evening's
festivities, visit The Hi-Fi's website.
Bio: Since high school, Seth Johnson has been drawn to telling compelling stories through the lens of journalism. A 2013 graduate from Ball State University’s News program, he has especially discovered a love for music journalism, particularly connecting to local music stories in an effort to enlighten others on Indianapolis’...Since high school, Seth Johnson has been drawn to telling compelling stories through the lens of journalism. A 2013 graduate from Ball State University’s News program, he has especially discovered a love for music journalism, particularly connecting to local music stories in an effort to enlighten others on Indianapolis’ many artistic offerings.more