The Z List

The A-List of Bay Area Counterculture

The Z List: Hard Knock Radio Edition Featuring Keba Konte, SF International Hip Hop DanceFest, Glam.I.Rock, Ana Tijoux, Mark de Clive Lowe’s CHURCH, Rebel Soul Fest, Nina Revisited, Black Media Appreciation Night & Boots Riley

The Z List aired on KPFA 94.1 FM Hard Knock Radio  on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Host:  Anita Johnson
Music, Art & Culture Correspondent: Zsa-Zsa Rensch
Producer (HKR): Anita Johnson 

Glam.I.Rock – “Slow Down Remix”
(Remix of Clyde Carson’s “Slow Down ft. The Team“)

We’d like to thank the event producers for this segment’s ticket giveaways!

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#1) Keba Konte: Art Exhibition and Artist Talk at Chasing Lions Cafe, SF

Friday, November 16, 2012
5-8 p.m.
Free Admission

Chasing Lions Cafe
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue, M.U.B. RM 198
San Francisco, CA 94112

About Keba Konte

The work of celebrated photomontage artist Keba Armand Konte deeply reflects the worlds he lives in and journeys through. A child of the 60s, Konte grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district where he was immersed in a bohemian subculture that included Black Panthers and hippies. Konte creates complex and layered historical narratives by combining photography with woodworking technique, a form that bears tangible witness to the influence of both his parents—his photographer mother and carpenter father.

In 2007, Konte exhibited 88 Pieces of Me at the California African-American Museum that included NOLA’s Ark: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? followed by his 2008 exhibition, 888 Pieces of We: A Photo Memoir by Keba Konte, presented at the Oakland Art Gallery. In addition to his gallery work, Konte’s photographs have been featured in Vibe, Rolling Stone and The Source, as well as on CD covers for notable Hip-Hop/R&B artists such as E-40, Goapele, Saul Williams, Master P, The Luniz, Saafir, The Coup and Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers.

The Chasing Lions Cafe is owned by Keba Konte and the good folks at this new San Francisco establishment are currently raising development funds. Check out the video below to learn more about the Chasing Lions story.

This event is all ages


#2) Micaya presents the 14th Annual SF International Hip Hop DanceFest at Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre, SF
Tune in to Hard Knock Radio on Friday, November 16th from 4-5 p.m. to Win Tickets!

2 Separate Programs
PROGRAM A Friday Nov 16 8pm AND Sunday Nov 18 2pm
PROGRAM B Saturday Nov 17 8pm AND Sunday Nov 18 7pm


Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Established in 1999, by founder, artistic director and award winning dance teacher Micaya, the critically acclaimed SFIHHDF is now internationally known as THE prestigious event for presenting hip hop dance. Acknowledged as the FIRST festival dedicated to specifically honor and recognize the artistry of hip hop dance forms, the award winning S.F. International Hip Hop DanceFest will present 14-15 of the most inspiring hip hop dance companies from all over the planet!

(subject to change) Ill-Style & Peace Production (Philadelphia) Boy Blue (London) “Blue Knighted Kingdom” Mix’d Ingrdnts (Oakland) Goodfellas (Sacramento) Physical Poets (L.A.) MVP (San Jose) Lux Aeterna (L.A.) Chapkis Dance (Suisun City) Ill-Abilities (Chile , Holland, Montreal, USA)

PROGRAM B (subject to change) Boy Blue (London) “Emancipation of Expressionism” Ill-Abilities (Montreal, Chile, Hollland, USA) SoulForce Dance Company (San Francisco) The U.N.I.T (Santa Rosa) Bliss Dance Company (Vacaville) Academy of Villains (San Mateo) Decadance (New York) Versastyle (L.A.) dEEp doWN dopEiZM (Norway)

For more info on performers, master classes, VIP performer party, and much more, visit

The Doyle Drive construction project will affect several streets near the Palace of Fine Arts and make the Theatre’s regular parking lot unavailable. Please refer to their website for additional parking information.

 This event is all ages


#3) Fresh Steps Featuring Glam.I.Rock at Lukas Taproom & Lounge, Oakland

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Doors 9 p.m.
Free Admission until 10:30 p.m., $10 after

Luka’s Taproom & Lounge
2221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Fresh Steps is a monthly showcase of live performances from local artists featuring Resident DJ Aebl Dee and special guests.  This week, emcee, producer and songwriter, Glam.I.Rockis one of the featured acts.

About Glam.I.Rock
Glam.I.Rock, which stands for Good Lyrics And Music, hails from Oakland, CA, grew up in Los Angeles, and now shares her time in both cities. An emcee, producer and songwriter, Glam.I.Rock takes the best elements of today’s and old school 80’s Hip-Hop and Electro, and fuses the sound with today’s Pop appeal producing a unique sound. Witty lines color her lyrics and with both parents being former Oakland emcees (Nic Nac & Dangerous Dame), Glam.I.Rock’s music comes innate.

Stream or Download Glam.I.Rock‘s “FBGM Mixtape”(posted below). It was released earlier this year.

  This event is 21 and over


#4) Ana Tijoux at La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
Tune in to Hard Knock Radio on Friday, November 16th from 4-5 p.m. to Win Tickets!

La Peña Cultural Center Presents

Nacional Records Recording Artist
Ana Tijoux

DJ Juan Data
DJ Julicio

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8:00 p.m.
$15 Advance, $18 Doors


La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94708

About Ana Tijoux
One of the most respected MCs in any language, Ana Tijoux is set to explode with her brand new record La Bala (the bullet), the follow up to her Grammy-nominated album, 1977. Born in France—where her parents were exiled during the military dictatorship in their native Chile—Tijoux became a household name in Chile with her first band, Makiza, as well as voicing the main character in the popular animated series Los Pulentos. After going solo, she quickly gained fame throughout Latin America with a string of hits including the smash “Eres Para Mi” with Julieta Venegas. But the world really began to take notice when she dropped 1977, an album full of classic beats and her signature flow that harkened back to the 90s and the golden age of intellectual hiphop.

International accolades soon followed, with praise from mainstream press around the globe as well as tastemakers like Thom Yorke, and the album ended up at the top of the “Best-of” lists of Amazon, Billboard, and iTunes, amongst others. Now she’s back with La Bala, a continuation in sound and spirit from this global activist and MC. Collaborations with the Oscar and Grammy winner Jorge Drexler, as well as Cuba’s hiphop stars Los Aldeanos, are just some of the highlights of the album. The first single, “Shock”, is her reaction to the student movement that has marked the last 6 months in Chile, where high school and college students have taken over their schools in a protest against the constitution that was made during the dictatorship, and the for-profit education system which they feel leaves them behind. The video for the song was filmed in one of these high schools, and its release in Chile was a true watershed moment, where seemingly everyone was talking about the impact it was making on the movement.

In concert Tijoux now takes the stage with her full band to flesh out the intricate arrangements of the new album. Her shows are a whirlwind trip through hip-hop, jazz, and funk, spiced up with a bit of politics and her great sense of humor that has made audiences around the globe fall in love with her.

 This event is all ages


#5) Mark de Clive Lowe’s CHURCH: Oakland Edition at Yoshi’s, Oakland
Tune in to Hard Knock Radio on Friday, November 16th from 4-5 p.m. to Win Tickets!

In Association with Bananas, Inc, Fusicology & Zsa Zsa, Inc
Mark de Clive-Lowe Presents CHURCH

Oakland Debut!

Mark de Clive-Lowe – piano, keyboards, electronics, fx

Nia Andrews (Common/Janelle Monae) – vocals
Tim Lefebrve (Snoop Dogg/Uri Caine) – bass
Dexter Story (Build An Ark/Kindred Spirits) – drums

DJs Cali & Cecil (thePeople)

Friday, November 23, 2012
Doors 10 p.m., Show 10:30 p.m.

General Admission $15

Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607

From the jazz club to the dancefloor, CHURCH is a musical journey of no boundaries and endless surprises. Globetrotting musician MARK de CLIVE-LOWE leads live sets interpolating jazz, improv, live remixing, beats and dancefloor electronica into a melting pot of sounds and styles unlike any other. Joined by a stellar cast of musicians, vocalists, DJs and spontaneous guests from LA and beyond, each and every month is a totally unique and individual music-lover’s experience…

CHURCH is a whirlwind mix of live jazz, sampling and a DJ set. Fast becoming the discerning music-lovers’ and musicians’ event of choice, don’t be surprised if you spot the likes of Master at Work Louie Vega or soul legend Leon Ware in the audience; Chris “Daddy” Dave, MC John Robinson or Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on the stage and the likes of Ge-Ology on the decks. The first live set showcases the jazz side of MdCL, blending standards, groove explorations and classic trio interplay with resampling, electronics and live remixing. As the first set draws to a close, the guest DJ takes over, preparing the crowd for MdCL to flip the script with the second set – a unique blend of live electronica and live remixing – the jazz club colliding head to head with the dance floor. Previous installments in Los Angeles and New York have featured talented artists such as Rich Medina, Jose James, Jean Grae, N’Dea Davenport, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Jaleel Shaw and DJ Spinna performing to capacity crowds.

For information, please visit:
Facebook group
Facebook event page
Fusicology event page 


#6) Rebel Soul Fest at Yoshi’s San Francisco
Tune in to Hard Knock Radio on Friday, November 16th from 4-5 p.m. to Win Tickets!

Ankh Marketing & Rebel Soul Records present

Rebel Soul Fest 

Dead Prez
Martin Luther
Mara Hruby

and DJ D-Sharp

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Doors at 10pm

General Admission $18.65, 4-Pack Tickets $50.00

Yoshi’s San Francisco
in The Lounge
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

This event is 21 and over


Nina Revisited at The New Parish, Oakland

Life is Living and Youth Speaks Present

Nina Revisited

Wednesday, November, 2012
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

General Admission $10.00

The New Parish
579 18th Street (at San Pablo)
Oakland, CA 94612

In an effort to raise funds for the Life is Living Festival and Campaign, NINA Revisited is a presentation featuring many of the elements of the Festival. On November 21st we will celebrate Nina Simone, Oakland, Life is Living, and experience some special treats you may have missed or want to relive again. We have a special dinner for a limited number of guests, Live and Participatory Art all evening and a live show featuring some of the best artists in our city. Come early for dinner, dancing and love.

Featuring Films, Food, African Dancing, Live Poetry, YGB Gold, Darling Tiara Phalon, Jazz Hudson, The Isis Rising Nina Simone Tribute including live performance from Antique Naked Soul, Zakiya Harris and Jennifer Johns, and other special guests. After the live performance, dance all night with DJ Dedan of Brothers and Sisters.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Life is Living Festival so we can continue to strive for environmental and social justice through the arts.

 This event is 18 and over


Black Media Appreciation Night at Yoshi’s Oakland

Black Media Appreciation Night

Phavia Kujichagulia
Do D.A.T.
Mac Mall

Monday, November 26, 2012
8pm $30 advance / $40 day of show


Yoshi’s Oakland
Jack London Square
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607

On November 26, the Bay Area will honor the very best in local, independent, Black media. Willie Ratcliff, publisher of the SF Bay View Newspaper will be turning 80 years old, Kevin Weston of the Globe Newspaper, a longtime journalist in the area is battling leukemia, and the People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey, of the Block Report and the SF Bay View is recovering from a gun shot wound, so as you can see it has been a rough year but we still will be celebrating life and resistance. Other media-makers who will be participating include Davey D of KPFA, film-maker Kevin Epps, Greg Bridges of KPFA and KCSM, Wanda Sabir of the SF Bay View, Veronica Faissant of KPFA, and Donald Lacy of KPOO, just to name a few.

Music for the evening will be provided by jazz extraordinaire Phavia Kujichagulia, jazz rapper Do D.A.T., and Bay Area rap legend Mac Mall. Buy your tickets now, this will be sure to sell out.

For more information and

This event is all ages


Art and Organizing for Social Justice with Boots Riley at CIIS, SF

Art and Organizing for Social Justice with Boots Riley
Part of the Bending Towards Justice Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 28
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sliding scale – $15/$12 (member) suggested donation


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) 
Main Building
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Boots Riley was born in 1971 into a family of radical organizers in Chicago. The family later moved to Detroit and then to Oakland. His interest in politics began at a young age, inspiring him to join the Progressive Labor Party and the International Committee Against Racism. In 1991 Riley founded the political hip hop group The Coup.  In 2000, Boots, through his workshop on Art and Organizing at La Peña Cultural Center, led a group of young artists to create “Guerilla Hip-Hop Concerts” on a flatbed truck which traveled throughout Oakland to protest California’s Proposition 21.

The Coup’s fourth album, Party Music, was released in 2001 to critical acclaim. The controversy surrounding the album’s cover art and lyrics (specifically the song “5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO”) led to Boots appearing on local network news affiliates all over the U.S. He also appeared on Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes and ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. In 2002, Riley taught a daily high school class, “Culture and Resistance: Persuasive Lyric Writing”, at the School of Social Justice and Community Development in East Oakland. The Coup released Pick a Bigger Weapon in 2006, which was named “Album Of The Year” by Associated Press.

In 2010 and 2011, Boots Riley recorded with Ursus Minor on I will not take “but” for an answer and toured with the group in France. During the fall of 2011, Riley became heavily involved with the Occupy Oakland movement.
Photo by Alexander Warnow.



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