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The dAKAH Symphonic Hip Hop Orchestra is a full blown symphony orchestra augmented by turntables and a rhythm section as well as several rappers and singers. With over sixty professional musicians, dAKAH is led by Geoff "Double G" Gallegos who composes most of the orchestra's pieces.

dAKAH has performed in major concert venues across the US, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Hollywood Bowl.

Their music blends hip hop and funk beats with jazz sensibilities and symphonic arrangements. The group began in the late 1990s with less than twenty members and has steadily grown to its current size. DaKAH has been cited as "Los Angeles'hidden treasure" by folk music critic Kim Ruehl[1]

Sources

  • MTV.com 08.19.2005
  • ACF News Source 12.19.2002
  • NPR 12.11.2004
  • Jazz times Jan/Feb 2006
  • About.com /Folkmusic/DaKAH 2007

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