Saturday, February 17, 2007

Beatboxing for dummies

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me if I could get a white human beatboxer and since I'm a YES person I agreed. The thing is, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT A BEATBOXER WAS. I thought it was some big ass box that did lighting effect for films or something related to that. I was a little embarrassed to accept the fact that I didn't know what it was, so I googled immediatley and read the wikipedia meaning:

is the vocal percussion of hip hop culture and music. It is primarily concerned with the art of reproducing drum sounds using one's voice, mouth, and nasal cavity. It can also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntable scratching, the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments, and the replication of a vast array of sound effects.
The term beatboxing most likely refers to early drum machines which came with pre-programmed musical patterns. (the dude in the picture is Doug E. Fresh)

Ohh... I've seen some in the subway but they were black. So now, just for the sake of it, I will post a craigslist ad to see what I can find.

White BEATBOXER wanted for a TV commercial (Mexico City)

Reply to:
Date: 2007-02-17, 2:22PM EST

- White (the rest doesn't matter)
- Human Beatboxing machine
- With a passport
- Extremeley talented
  • Location: Mexico City
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
  • Compensation: $800 plus travel expenses
PostingID: 280257716

The most interesting thing is that beatboxing has its roots in India and Mexico....

A man named Imiterio Ruiz, who came from an affluent Mexican family, originally brought beatboxing into America in 1930. Imiterio's father, an intelligent and respected man throughout Mexico, was contracted by the Texas government to help manage Mexican laborers who couldn't speak English throughout the Hearne, Texas area where the laborers were laying the Union Pacific Railroad lines; it is for this reason that Hearne is known as "The Crossroads Of Texas." It was Imiterio who taught these railroad laborers to beatbox throughout Hearne and Calvert, Texas as it had been used by Aztec indians (later, slaves) throughout the 14th, 15th and 16th century in central Mexico. Beatboxing had been used for years as a way of entertainment amongst the Aztec indian, brought to America by Imiterio Ruiz Sr., and spread amongst Union Pacific Railroad laborers by his son Imiterio Ruiz, Jr. The railroad workers would travel from city to city working across America via train (through Denver, Colorado), and this is how beatboxing reached New York from central Mexico.


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