How disappointed I was after reading your description of Marvin Tate's D-Settlement and finding such a slight and inaccurate overview of the band's music [World Music Festival guide, September 17 and 24]. In the past I have read your reviews of shows and CDs by local and international bands and agreed with many of your observations. However, your observation regarding D-Settlement's music was obtuse, stale, and leaves one to wonder if you have even heard the band.
Their music has inexorably evolved since they first formed in 1996 when their "hip-hop grooves" did "fuse...tough funk" into one mellow sentiment. But since then D-Settlement has emerged as a legitimate Chicago band that, thankfully, outsmarts classification. Drawing from multiple cultural influences, they rap, they funk, they boogie, and they generally rock. Noticeably, crowded dance floors have become expected scenes at HotHouse D-Settlement shows.
What bothers me most about your "overview" of the bands performing at the World Music Festival was how little was written regarding Chicago's own local bands. Yes, we do want to encourage more Chicagoans to support international acts in addition to enriching our own cultural and musical appreciation. But we must also encourage our Chicago friends to express themselves as much as we do any other acts. We want the World Music Festival to be a "cultural exchange" (for lack of a better term). Just as we Chicagoans can learn from and appreciate international acts, they may actually learn from and appreciate our own talent.
With the local media interest bordering on apathy, Chicago talent may feel their efforts wasted in performing in similar cultural festivals. As a result, Chicagoans may miss out on the benefits that our own talent has to offer. And that too would be unfortunate.