How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

DJ Vibe began what would be a ten year residency at Kremlin. In the nineties, Kremlin was considered the third best club in the world and under Vibe’s advice started hosting international appearances.
It was 1992 when Vibe was finally flown to New York City. By that time Lisbon had found a place on the world map of clubbing.
Vibe’s memory of New York was still vivid in his mind when he started producing So Get Up.
The Underground Sound Of Lisbon, a collaboration between Rui Da Silva and Vibe, started of with a track featuring an original poem by hip hop lyricist and vocalist Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas.
The song, So Get Up (a remix of an earlier elctro-esque spoken word track by Ithaka of the same name So Get Up (original by Ithaka) was destined to become a perennial dance floor smasher, transforming the career of Vibe and Underground Sound Of Lisbon and the entire music economy of Portugal indefinitely.
Vibe had just come back from the Big Apple, where he’d see Junior Vasquez play at the epic Sound Factory. He sent a test pressing of So Get Up to a friend in New York City and the record magically arrived in the very hands of Junior Vasquez who started playing the track at the Sound Factory.
One year later, Tribal America, a subsidiary of EMI Records released the single and it soon became a national anthem of Portuguese dance music.
The song climbed to 1st Place on the Billboard U.K. Independent Dance Music charts and the first international edition sold over 50,000 copies.
By the mid-90’s, Vibe had become an international ambassador for Portugal’s dance music scene.
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