The Weequahic Park House Music Festival welcomes Jahad Muhammand and the Bang The Drum Party to this years festival. Bang The Drum Party was established in 2009 by DJ/Producer Jihad Muhammad in Newark, NJ. Bang The Drum (BTD) has hosted some of the best DJ's and Artists in the Underground Dance Scene. The purpose of the party is to promote the Global Soul Movement. Jihad defines Global soul as " Soulful music...House, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat... any music that touches the soul of all people....of all races. That to me makes it Global ".
You can catch Jihad live every Saturday on his Bang The Drum Sessions show on Twitch.tv/jihadmu from 6-9pm (est). Join the chat and interact with the House community and we spread love through music.
Please welcome Wali B to the 2023 Weequahic Park House Music Festival
DJ Wali B started as a DJ in 1978. As a young lad, he played at house parties, High School Dances, small outdoor events, and Hip Hop DJ Battles. In about 1988, Wali B started doing small production with the likes of Chill Rob Gee, Latee, Double J of the Flavor Unit, Bobby Cheeks, The Guns, and Divine Soul, who is mostly part of The Group Hi-Five, to name a. In 2000, he started his own management company and managed House, Hip Hop, and R&B groups. In 1998 Wali B created his first record (label Urban Music Group). He established his first Major Record deal with Warner Bros. Records out of New York, produced the album with a military Hip-Hop artist Bobby Cheeks, and sold over 50k units. Then he met a young lady named Viola Sykes, a House music Artist out of Plainfield, NJ, who changed his direction to House Music and signed her to his management company! Her smashed hit (Little Girls) changed the direction of his company, and he has not looked back since. He has worked with some of the greats in the house music industry, Such as Kenny Bobien, Barbara Tucker, Viola Sykes, Dawn Tallman, Stephanie Cook, Koffee the Floe Tresses, Tiger Wilson, Keith Washington, Kimara Love Lace, and Dawn Souluvn Williams. He looks forward to September 9, 2023, as we approach the festival.
DJ Wali B
DJ Sai Stunna first gained recognition as a DJ in 2022 when she began playing weekly for The Peoples Choice Lounge in Newark, NJ. Mentor DJ Fu Skillz inspired Stunna as he worked side by side with her to master her music delivery. Stunna dreams of getting booked as a worldwide guest DJ that plays all genres of music. Stunna's beauty goes beneath the surface. She's highly energetic and engages with the crowd while blending the hot tracks that keeps the crowd moving.
Outside of music, Salonia has gained success as the Author of her Autobiography titled "Takedown." Salonia is the former Council President of the Township of Hillside, where she served as a Councilwoman for four years from 2011-2015.
Join us for Weequahic Park Music Festival, September 9, 2023 at 9:00 AM.
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Joe Claussell is of Puerto Rican and French descent. He grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He has seven brothers and three sisters.One of his elder brothers Larry, a Latin rock drummer, got him into the music of Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix, among others. In the late 1980s, he began working at the New York record store Dance Tracks.In 1996, he founded the record label Spiritual Life Music. In that year, he started the party Body & Soul along with Francois Kevorkian and Danny Krivit.
In 1999, he released Mix the Vibe, which included productions from Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Wamdue Kids, and Dimitri from Paris. In that year, he also released a studio album, Language. In 2008, he released another studio album, Corresponding Echoes.
DJ Sai Stunna
While most people may think Shonda is an overnight sensation, she has been honing her craft since the early 90’s when she first started spinning as a HIP-HOP/R&B DJ in Irvington, NJ. Although she loves many genres of music SHONDA fell in love with HOUSE MUSIC early in her career. She delivers energetic upbeat mixes that fulfills the house music lovers, soul and motivates the crowd to dance with spirited passion. In 2019 DJ Shonda demonstrated her ability to ignite the dancers’ spirit at the Orange Park House Music Festival, one of NJ’s longest running House Music Festivals. She has played with some of the most recognizable names in House Music including, Josh Milan, Wayne Williams, and Terry Hunter. Each of these DJ’s were impressed by Shonda’s natural talent. While she continues to master her craft Shonda heeds to the advice of her friends and colleagues to STAY READY because people are watching. She lives through music, it is who she is and it is this passion that will continue to propel her to greater heights
Honoring Our Own
Join us as the Weequahic Park House Music Festival gives a special tribute to our brother, Newark's very own Hippie Torrales https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=741615959 for 50 years in the industry. September 9, 2023, Be sure to attend this event.
Hippie Torrales began DJing at the age of 15. He came into recognition in NJ and NY after opening “Docks” with co-partner Nelson “Butchie” Nieves. After establishing himself as an innovative and creative jock, Hippie was recognized and hired to work at Abe’s Disco, which was the forerunner for Club Zanzibar. On Friday, August 29, 1979, opening night at Club Zanzibar – Hippie became the resident DJ and opening jock for the club.
During his tenure at Club Zanzibar, Hippie won the prestigious Billboard Disco Forum 8 Award for the best disc jockey in the State of New Jersey – in the same year Larry Levan won the award for New York. It was the last time those Billboard Awards were held. After his resident at Club Zanzibar, Hippie went on to play all the Jersey Shore night clubs. In addition to the club gigs, Hippie worked on music production and remixing. Some of his most notable mixes of that period were Jimmy Ross’ – “Fall Into A Trance” and The Clark Sister’s – “You Brought The Sunshine”, which garnered them a 1 record of New York’s local radio station WBLS and also garnered them a Grammy nomination that year for Best Gospel.
DJ Hippie Torrales
Honoring Our Own
RUFUS I. JOHNSON of Newark was elected to his first term as a Commissioner At-Large in November of 2008 and re-elected in 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020. He served as Chief of Staff for State Senator Ronald L. Rice from 1998 to 2014, having previously served as his Aide during Councilman Rice’s 16-year tenure on the Newark Municipal Council.
He also served as an Aide to Newark Councilman Joe McCallum. Commissioner Johnson has a long history of community activism, especially involving young people. He was a co-founder and coach of both the Newark Optimist Club Little League and Newark Pop Warner Football League, and he coached the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Basketball Team. He held the position of President of the Newark West Ward Young Democrats and served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, for the past 9 years, he has advocated for the House Music Concert in Weequahic Park in Newark.
Commissioner Johnson was educated in Newark Public Schools, and went on to attend both Essex County College and Wilberforce University in Ohio.
Commissioner Rufus I Johnson
Karizma grew up in Baltimore, United States, and he began to DJ for fashion shows and college parties at age of 13.
Karizma and DJ Spen worked on a music production project with a record label, Jasper Street Company, and joined the house-music production group the Basement Boys, and worked on remixes for musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Bob Sinclar, and Lenny Kravitz.
In October 1999, Karizma released his first solo work, "The Power E.P." from Black Vinyl Records, while he belong to the Basement Boys.
In 2006, Karizma distributed his unreleased track, "Twyst this" to a few contacts including Gilles Peterson. Gilles Peterson introduced it on his radio program, Worldwide on BBC Radio 1, and this track got chart in on top 14 in spite of it being on a white label record.
Ron Pullman has been a key figure representing House Music throughout the South Eastern region of the U.S. Within his 30 plus years of experience in the music circuit, he has spun with likes of International DJs such as the famous Tony Humphries, Ron Trent, DJ Camacho, Marques Wyatt, Joe Claussell, Tedd Patterson, Larry Heard, Kevin Hedge , and a host of other local & regionally recognized DJs.
Born in the Mid-West, Ron was influenced by Gospel Singer and Musician "Dad". Due to his love for music he started collecting vinyl in the late 70’s and by the early 80's he became a heavy-clubber, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast frequenting venues that featured DJ’s spinning the “club scene” music. It was a natural progression when his admiration for the music evolved into a desire to spin like the DJ’s he loved to hear and watch… Ron was encouraged to try his hand at DJing by close friends John Dennis and Robert Whitlow, but it was ultimately the influence by DJs such as Shep Pettibone, Ron Hardy, Timmy Regisford, Tee Scott and Tito Robinson (ClubHouse/DC) that helped him create his indelible mark in the business as a sought after Master of the Music.
DJ Ron Pullman
The Powerhouse Diva burst onto the scene in the late 90’s with Garage Classics “The Way I’m Feelin” on Smack (Major Healey, DJ Omar), her massive #1 hit “Alright” on Slip N’ Slide (95 North) and “Save Your Soul” on 95 North Records. She scored a string of successful releases through the early 2000’s w/ “Music is Life” on Champion (Groove Junkies) and “Do You Love Me” on Jellybean (JT Vanelli Project). Mijan a native New Yorker, Brooklyn raised; bi-coastal/westcoast her first single that started her career was “Slave To Love ” produced by Anaud Allure “ for Allure Records.
Throughout this period Mijan graced many stages and performed extensively in Europe at many of the top venues in Italy, Germany, Austria & Switzerland and became the first African American artist to have her own voice school in Italy, Rome. She also opened up for legendary Martha Wash.