"A huge part of my creative expression has been influenced by the Bible-Belt-Pentecostal shadings of my upbringing. It’s in my blood (Maternal: Church of God In Christ and Paternal: Church of God By Faith), so much so that despite my “sophisticated” views of spirituality, I mine these visceral experiences regularly for my creative work. The role of music in sacred theatres cannot be over emphasized. Voice, organ, piano, bass guitar and drum set are often the bare essentials of most Pentecostal ministries and throughout the development of American musical forms this standard has been a point of departure for secular examples.
Enter the Hip Hop era, where the preacher becomes the DJ, proselytizing the righteousness of the dance, or revealing the dangers of hateration to club congregationalists. Call and response predominates these anthems as listeners are commanded to “make some noise”, “put ‘cha hands up”, “get money” or “rub your titties if your love hip hop”. The Ten Commandments identifies a group of instructions selected by DJ Lightbolt and will be introduced in the context of an improvisational performance. My interpretation of these commandments will be spontaneous, as the instructions will be unknown to me until they are delivered, a la Mt. Sinai.
Audience participation is encouraged."
Kenya (Robinson) (c) 2010
A sample playlist with YouTube LINKS is below. Documentation video and still images will be available shortly. Commandment #1: ENJOY!