Story by Tim Livingston
The city of Hudson has become a hotbed of music, arts and culture and one of the prime-movers on the scene is Milandou Badila, aka Young Paris.
Born in Paris, France but now residing in Hudson this rising rap star has been making a name for himself internationally in the urban music genre, but now he ventures further out with his latest project, which he is calling Black n Gold. And the band’s new album, “Pet the Lights,” rocks! As Paris puts it, “If you like music heavily influenced by rhythm & blues centered around the electric guitar, and enjoy the soulful beats and rhythmic rhymes of urban lifestyle and culture, then Black n Gold has it all wrapped up in our 12-song debut album.” Paris, who is a marketing and social networking tour de force, always does everything big, and this Thursday night (September 13) is no exception as he has planned not one, but two events to launch his new album.
Starting at the Hudson Armory (corner of 5th and State St.) from 7-9pm there will be a listening/screening reception that will be free and open to the public. Here people will be able to purchase the album, band merchandise, and also take part in a listening session of a few tunes off of the new album and a music video screening from the Black n Gold collective.
After the reception uptown, the party heads down to the river where, from 10pm until 1am, the band will perform the album live at Hanger 18 (behind the Hudson Basilica). This “after party” will also feature DJs and club dancing in celebration of the album release and Young Paris’ birthday that happens to land on the same day!
Milandou is on fire with this one, and the band promises to be comprised of top-notch players – including guitarists Steve Durand and Jordan Dean, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Rob Williams and vocalists Ngonda Badila and Miles Vidor. Admission to the show and party is $10.