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Czarina Mirani is the editor-in-chief of 5 Magazine. You can contact her at czarina@5chicago.com, via twitter and facebook.
With roots firmly grounded in Funk, Soul, Jazz and everything in between, Spinna is one of the elite few who has been able to cross multiple genres of the musical palette with success. From the early '90s his work...
Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured mixes from legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt and Terry Hunter to the next...
Archived 2008 mix from The Sound Republic.
Unimpressed by the headlining DJ at Zentra one Friday night, I was about to sit down when suddenly the music shifted and so did the room's energy. Two animated guys jumped on the tables and started banging out funky,...
THE FUNKY, IRRESISTIBLE DRUMBEAT that kicks off "Touch the Sky" has graced practically every DJs' mix CD recently. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a selector without at least one Dennis Ferrer track in his playlist these...
WHILE IN NEW YORK, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with one of my musical idols, Kevin Hedge. He makes up the other half (along with Josh Milan) of the songwriting/production team Blaze. Their soulful brand of House...
What do you know about Michael Ezebukwu? One of the legendary, most obscure original Chicago House DJs mounts a comeback.
ANDRE HATCHETT IS my new party buddy. The first time I met him, he spun at my dance show at the HotHouse and blew everyone away. Fast forward three years later, I make it a point to go to...
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT the experience of hearing a live House band. The warmth, the impromptu acts of virtuosity and the electricity of the crowd can move your soul more than any prerecorded track ever could. House music, although sometimes...
HE HAS BEEN CALLED "the Miles Davis of dance music". An undisputed legend, his nearly 20 year career has brought us unforgettable hits such as "The Nervous Track", "It's Alright, I Feel It", "Beautiful People", "I Get Lifted" and...
IT BEGAN AS a young girl's poem on finding Mr. Right and turned into a song that catapulted her into instant fame. "Finally" was a Billboard #1 hit, went multi-platinum worldwide, and made CeCe Peniston a household name. Her...
EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig, from city to city, passing mix tapes on anyone that will listen. Producers work the labels,...
The legendary Steve "Silk" Hurley in an equally legendary interview from March 2006.
THE FIRST TIME I heard her sing was at the Green Dolphin with Mr. A.L.I. Her command of the stage and sweet lullaby of a voice grabbed me right away, and I was instantly a Carla Prather...
HER POWERHOUSE VOICE AND presence has established her as the diva of house music. Think of the classic songs: "Deep Inside", "Beautiful People", "I Get Lifted" and "Jazz it Up". But Barbara Tucker is more than just a singer. She...
WHO IS THE MAN with the glasses, the one you see at certain House parties? Those who know him revere him, and for those of you who don't, it's time to brush up on your homework. This man is responsible...
DJING SINCE HE WAS 11 years old, Chicago's own Rafael "Légo" Rodriguez is now one of the most sought after djs and producers in the world. His Monday night Boom Boom Room, going on 14 years, is legendary -...
IN 1998, I GOT MY first experience of a New York club called Shelter, and was immediately struck by the vibe. There was a massive dance floor with hundreds of people dancing by themselves and hardly any of the...

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