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Newark, New Jersey-born Taana Gardner knew she wanted to act and sing at a very young age. After breaking onto the disco scene in 1978, Taana quickly became a leading vocalist for the New York based label West End Records that released some of the finest and most influential disco during the late 70s and early 80s. This high energy diva has been wowing crowds and touring all around the world ever since. Gardner has lent her vocal skills and toured with several acts, including Alicia Keys, Jagged Edge, Busta Rhymes, Melba Moore, Kool & the Gang, Peabo Bryson, Edwin Starr, and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. And in 2009, Gardner took a role in a local play, “When Doves Fly” to pursue her love of acting, another of her passions.
Johnny Kemp began singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at 13 before he moved to New York in 1979 with the band “Kinky Fox.” His self-titled debut album came out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with “Just Another Lover.” True success came the following year, however, with the release of his Secrets of Flying album, which contained a pair of Top 5 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart. “Just Got Paid” also cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, and went to top the Hot Dance Music/Club Play.
Duncan Beiny aka DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”. From his hip-hop beginnings, DJ Yoda has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and influences as diverse as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western, to make unashamed party music. No stranger to cutting the Indiana Jones theme with woofer-worrying dubstep or the Muppet Theme with 1930’s swing, his shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights.