BIG thanks to AMKOULLEL the FULA CHILD all of the way from Mali, West Africa who absolutely tore up AFRO FUNKE’ last Thursday!! The vibe in the room was ON FIRE with his unique blend of African hip hop sung in French, Wolof and English! Special thanks to his lovely manager MAB and Dominique from UCLA for making the show possible.
If you were lucky enough to come in early for Wil Wilson from Club Zumba, those in the house had a blast! Next time the class comes to town definitely come out early from some synchronized shaking!
THURSDAY, April 14, 2011
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco,
African Salsa, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats, Makossa,
Balkan, Funk, Blues, Highlife, Broken-Afro-Beat, Salsa,
& Other deep-rooted soul music from around the world
live performance by:
AMKOULLEL THE FULA CHILD
Amkoullel imposed himself as the most talented and charismatic Malian rappers in boosting the image of Africa through culture: his stage name is taken from a novel by one of Mali’s most noted authors – Amadou Hampaté Bâ – in order to pay homage to all African cultures.
Amkoullel founded the first Hip Hop school, the Farafina Club, and the Mali Hip Hop Association, AHM, which brings together artists, DJs, graffiti artists, and dancers. Amkoullel also is the host of Case Sanga, a heavily viewed Malian variety show, like America’s “American Idol”, which brings forth new talent and is presently gaining in popularity in francophone Africa.
Amkoullel was young when he discovered rap and in 1993 he organized his first rap concert before expanding his collaborations and creating the group Kouma Guerya – “guerilla of words”.
His first album, Infaculté, was released in 2002 and was loaded with texts against ignorance. In 2003, his second album, Surafin, meaning ‘bribe’, was released. But it was Waati Sera I (It’s Time !), self-produced under the label Woklo Barka Prod in 2007 that proved to be a militant opus against Africans’ disdainful self-image. Amkoullel creates harmonious musical collages from traditional African instruments, jazz and rock, arousing the attention of even the most refined audience.
Amkoullel has performed with icons such as Cheikh Tidiane Seck and appeared twice at the Nice Jazz Festival alongside Manu Dibango, Keziah Jones, Rokia Traoré and has presented alongside Alpha Blondy, Lobi Traoré and Tiken Jah Fakoly.
Ne ka Mali ! is not only an invitation to discover Africa through the eyes of Amkoullel, but also a call into question the notions of ‘the other’. Rapping and flowing in french and bambara, Amkoullel touches on vital social issues such as education and African unity. Accompanied by Didier Awadi, one of African Hip-hop’s fathers, and an illustrious compatriot Xuman, Amkoullel presents other regional performers such as The Tata Pound, Lassy King Massassy, Fanga Fing, Master Sumy ; RIM and CANDIIE.Hip Hop without boarders
In 2009, Amkoullel was honoured at the Mali Hip-Hop Awards three times, booked to headline at the Waga Hip Hop festival, and appearing on compilations by OIF and Afrolution. 2010 is the year of internationalization thanks to digital releases and promotion, and the creation of the first Koterap musical BAMA SABA launched at the Avignon festival. Various international tours and workshops are being prepared for 2011… The Golbal Hip Hop and Social Change network, especially in the US, is recognizing Amkoullel amazing talent and personality!
JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/theLIFT/Musaics)
Ticklah, the Budos Band and the Dap-Kings:
co-founder / host:
**Current album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” available at:
co-founder / talent booker / producer / photographer:
AFRO FUNKĒ: Thursdays @ Zanzibar
1301 5th St Santa Monica, CA 90401
9pm | 21+ (EVERYONE Must Have ID!)
310-451-2221 / $7 before 10:30pm – $10 after
Thursday April 21, 2011
listening party 9-10pm w/ giveways:
*Exclusive Afro Funke T-Shirts @ the club each week.
Plus hand made hats, bags, belts & more provided by:
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson