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  • Music: Hip Hop
  • Bands: De La Soul, The Wanderers, Olmecha Supreme, Definite & Bling, Smashproof and Juse
  • Tickets: $59 plus booking fee, Tiketek and Real Groovy

For The People in Aotearoa

De La Soul will hustle down under in March for their first official headline tour in Aotearoa since 1991.

The trio made a flying visit to Auckland two years ago but that was a brief taste of their inner live sound y'all. This time it's the real deal as the exponents of peace, love and hip hop flaunt their lyrical styles on stage at Studio in Auckland and Wellington Town Hall.

Trail blazing, eclectic, amusing and inspiring, De La Soul re-emerged in 2005 as worldwide contenders in the evolution of cutting edge sound when they collaborated on the Gorillaz single Feel Good Inc and they still got the presence and truth that's defined their sound across two decades.

The trio from Long Island, Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos, Mercenary, Plug Wonder Why, Plug One), David Jude Jolicœur (Trugoy the Dove, Dave, Plug Two) and Vincent Mason (Pasemaster Mase, Maseo, Plug Three) formed De La Soul in the 80s, quickly etching themselves into the psyche of global hip hop culture with their seminal debut, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) and the dance floor addiction The Magic Number.

De La Soul continually re-invent themselves on their subsequent releases, from the whimsical De La Soul Is Dead (1991) to Buhloone Mindstate (1993) Stakes is High (1996) the Art Official Intelligence series albums, Bionx (2001) and Mosaic Thump (2000) and a seventh studio album, The Grind Date (2004).

Punctuating their enduring career is an impressive list of collaborators feeling the De La Soul tip: Mos Def, Common, Gangstarr's Guru, Biz Markie, Chaka Khan, the Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes and Redman among others. Echoes of the De La Soul peace and positivity vibe can be heard in the music of Jurassic 5 and the Roots.

The trio also co-founded the Native Tongues Posse, a collective of rappers that included A Tribe Called Quest, MC Q-Tip, Queen Latifa, The Jungle Brothers and Monie Love, producing a revolutionary brand of black pride that evolved the development and depth of hip hop through the early 90s.

Do the shang-a-lang; tickets for De La Soul on sale from Friday 16 December 2005

De La Soul - Of the Soul, For the People.

Bass Nation & Radio Active 89FM present

Support: The Wanderers & Olmecha Supreme

Wellington Town Hall: Friday 24 March 2006
Doors 8pm
Tickets $59+b/f from Ticketek and Real Groovy


Bench Music and 95bfm present

Support: Definite & Bling plus Smashproof and Juse

Studio: Sat March 25
Doors 8pm
Tickets $59+b/f from Ticketek and Real Groovy