Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s J Dilla Tribute ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ Headed to New York
It’s been 11 years since we lost the legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla in February 2006. In remembrance of the late studio wizard, West Coast composer-musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson will bring his 60-member orchestra and some very special guests to perform his “Suite for Ma Dukes,” his orchestral tribute to Dilla, to New York City.
For those who don’t know, “Suite for Ma Dukes” first premiered in 2009 in Los Angeles and it featured Atwood-Ferguson's orchestra and several artists who worked closely with Dilla (De La Soul, Bilal and Common) performing Dilla classics. It was a regular event on the Left Coast and the magical performance was captured for a DVD (now off the market). Atwood-Ferguson brought it back this year in L.A. and now he’s bringing it to New York.
The "Suite For Ma Dukes" will be performed at the Guggenheim Bandshell in Damrosch Park on Aug. 4 as part of the Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors series. The performance will start at 7:30PM and is open to the public at the low cost of Free99.
There is no official word on who is going to join Atwood-Ferguson's orchestral Dilla tribute, but you can expect that several prominent hip-hoppers and singers will make a surprise appearance and honor the late J Dilla.
For more information about this event, head over to lincolncenter.org.
In the meantime, check out J Dilla's brother, Illa J, in his new video for "7 Mile," which is his tribute to Detroit.