C:Mone a.k.a Tuincy_Bright has been selecting records and playing versatile DJ sets in the Cologne music scene since more than a decade. Her musical range is rooted in early Hip-Hop Culture including styles like Jazz, Funk, Soul, Disco, Rap, R&B, Afrobeat, House and experimental Sounds. Playing soulful DJ Sets suitable to different environments such as clubs, bars, concert openings and art galleries, she puts into practice what Kool and the Gang once said: "Music is the Message that sings universal love for one and all." Alongside DJ colleague Sedaction she started the party and mix tape series “Selectricity” in January 2020 in collaboration with Giza - a visual Artist & Illustrator based in Cologne. On the occasion of the Black History Month 2022 they collaborated with „Decolonize Cologne“, an initiative founded
by three historians, enriching their work with a musical debate among Black DJ’s and Artists.
Strange Fruit Project - After The Healing
First of all, I like the Beat. Claps instead of snares, the gospel choir setting the melody,
the funky baseline topped with reflective rhymes about life and times. The track is from 2006, but in my opinion it is still current. Unexpected breaks and various rappers add alternation to the steady groove. This track blends well into the Hip Hop underground aesthetics rom the 90s and beyond that inspires me a lot.
Nonchalant - It's All Love
I drove to a Gig with a DJ colleague and we listened to a „The Black Music Mix 98“
compilation CD in the car. I listened up when Nonchalance’s “5 o’clock“ dropped. I
remembered that track being a hit single in the 90’s. Besides the MC’s outstanding voice, the anti-violence delivery of the song’s message caught my interest and made me want to dig deeper into her work. After I got the vinyl, I was impressed by the variety and smoothness of Nonchalant’s flow. The song I picked deals with love’s importance for one’s personal strength and as a social value that makes us enjoy life.
Grant Green - Down Here On The Ground (Unmah Remix)
I love Jazz and I love Hip-Hop Music. “Down here on the ground“ was originally recorded by Wes Montgomery in 1968, covered by Grant Green and Dianne Reeves in 1971 and later sampled by artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Cypress Hill and many more. Recently Twit One and I were invited by dublab.de to curate the soundtrack to their event “Soundjourney - Dilla Time“ portraying the book “DILLA Time“ written by Dan Charnas. During my research I discovered this remix by The Ummah, a collective around J Dilla, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed. It was released on a Blue Note remix compilation in 1996. The jazzy vocals let you float into the lyrics about trying to lift yourself up, while being stuck on the ground.
Khan Jamal - Lovely Afternoon
I always love listening to Jazz to calm down, relax my mind and travel back to sweet
moments and memories, creating new ones while playing this timeless music again
and again. “Lovely Afternoon“ is a wonderful, jazzy instrumental, that is mostly driven by Khan Jamals vibes. Simply made for a lovely afternoon, noon, night or morning....
Just listen to it.
K’Valentine feat. Talib Kweli - Us
There is something very unique to both lyrics and the mc’s delivery within that song.
Alternating between poetic spoken word techniques and classic rap flows, strongly
social-political topics are being transformed into timeless poetry. K’ Valentine’s associations and statements fit perfectly in the subtle beat that creates a relaxed vibe which later is contrasted by Talib Kweli’s double time flows. That adds an
interesting tension to the song giving you both artistic beauty and social criticism and empowerment. “Beware, surfin’, listen, interprete, oppressors, cowards, powers, our’s, take it, keep it, use it, think it, speak it, believe it, your family needs it, riot, shatter, Black Lives Matter“