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Livin' the Highlife

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Whether it's a Brazilian blowout or a TEDx Talks conference, Kyle Long makes it his mission to bring music from all cultures into the city of Indianapolis. Back in an October 2014 article, the active Indy deejay told Sky BlueWindow's contributor Rob Peoni, "Whatever I do, whether it's writing my column for NUVO or my deejay sets, it's all about bringing what's perceived as an outside musical tradition into the world of mainstream entertainment in this city." Continuing down the same path, Long will kick off the latest of his enriching endeavors this Friday, presenting the first in a monthly series of events celebrating West African highlife music.

"Highlife is one of the great forms of dance music in the world," Long explains. "It's incredibly funky with hypnotic rhythms and guitar lines. The songs tend to be quite long, which opens up room for all sorts of jazzy or psychedelic experimentation."

Deejay Kyle Long and Sweet Poison Victim will both be performing at The Hi-Fi Friday night. - COURTESY OF  KYLE LONG & SWEET POISON VICTIM
  • Courtesy of Kyle Long & Sweet Poison Victim
  • Deejay Kyle Long and Sweet Poison Victim will both be performing at The Hi-Fi Friday night.

Every month, Fountain Square's The Hi-Fi will turn into a hot and sweaty dance club to the tune of highlife music, thanks to Long's free "High Life at the Hi-Fi" events. The shows will feature Long spinning all kinds of African dance tunes, along with a performance from Indy highlife-inspired band Sweet Poison Victim.

"We're all really excited about the potential of this night to grow into something big," Long says. "It's going to be a super-fun dance party that will expose people to amazing sounds they may have never heard before."

In the future, Long hopes to attract touring acts to take part in the monthly series too, all the while exposing more and more Indy ears to this unique brand of African music.

For more information on this Friday evening's festivities, visit The Hi-Fi's website.

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