Black Hoodoo at Manchester Carnival
BLACK HUDU: The word HUDU stems from Hoodoo, which is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. It is the practice of spirituality which the ancient Africans used to become one with self. As well as being a practice of spirituality, it is a ritual that is said to get rid of bad energies, negative thoughts and frequencies and is used to manifest and heal individuals. It’s an idea that resonated with us; we believe we are here do similar works using the universal language of music as our tool.
The sound we promote and push out into the atmosphere in frequency and vibration is a sound for people to meditate to and be themselves without having to feel self-conscious; one in which people can free their inner self, in a way which feels good, whilst we take them on a musical journey.
Besides that aspect of it, it is a movement that represents the art and the elements of underground music.
Who are BLACK HUDU?
The core personnel of BLACK HUDU are two humble melanated lions. We are also a network that consists of many talented DJ’s, producers, musicians, sound engineers, artists and designers.
What music do BLACK HUDU represent?
If it’s underground, if it feels good, if it’s raw and real, then that’s BLACK HUDU! So you’ll find BLACK HUDU sound can be quite eclectic. We can go from anything from Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rare Grooves, Broken Beats, House, Roots N Culture, Dub & Steppas, to name a few.
How did BLACK HUDU start?
People had heard our sounds out and about at various events and functions and they were asking if we did our own events. So, we knew it was time to put our ideas into action – BLACK HUDU was born!
The first official BLACK HUDU event took place in October 2015. It was born out of the need to hold our own regular events in which we could run with the proper quality control. One in which would enable the DJ or artists’ freedom to express themselves fully and play a deeper selection of music to a discerning music lover on a custom hand built sound system which would allow the full frequencies of these records to be heard to their full potential.
Where have BLACK HUDU played?
Collectively over the last 18 years BLACK HUDUs network have played in venues in and around Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Worcester and London, to name a few.
We have played at Leeds and Manchester Carnival with Irfan (Rainy City Music) and Wayne Mantrax (INNA DEEP). We have had radio shows on stations in Huddersfield and Leeds and have had music played on BBC 1xtra.
In 2016 BLACK HUDU had the opportunity to take our vibe abroad; we played at the Vortex Beach Bar, a popular beach after party at Southport Weekender’s SUNceBeat’ Festival in Croatia. The after party had international DJs playing, such as Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Grant Nelson (Nice ‘N’ Ripe), Sy Sez (Soul Heaven) and Dave Law (Tempo).
In 2016 BLACK HUDU held a series of successful intimate invite only lock-in style jam sessions in CITP, in collaboration with brand owner and artist Benaiah Matheson.