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Best DJ Night 


If you had to create a hagiography of East Bay DJs, it would certainly include Digital Underground emeritus DJ Fuze — who was once a veritable titan of the hip-hop scene, but ultimately reinvented himself as a world music connoisseur — and it would also have to footnote the members of Local 1200, a crew that sounds, indeed, like a labor union, but refers in this case to the sextet that once rocked shows at La Peña Cultural Center, and eventually gave rise to local R&B diva Goapele. (Her brother, Namane Mohlabane, was a founding member.) And you'd be remiss not to mention two of the kingpins of Local 1200, Willie Maze and Sake-1, who both managed to attain real staying power in hip-hop. It turns out they all convene in downtown Oakland every Thursday for a night of soul, turf, house, and world music hits, with a distinctively internationalist sensibility. The event also features Filipino fusion cuisine by Needa Bee, and it's held at one of Oakland's most stylish venues.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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