This week we have a listening party at 9pm with giveaways from a bright new hip hop artist from Ghana plus a surprisespecial guest DJ coming in from the Bay & much more!!
Afro Funke’ ya don’t STOP! Thanks to ALL OF YOU who keep this party going each and every week….
SAVE THE DATE!
8 Year Afro Funke’ Anniversary on May 26, 2011!!
Please get your NO WAIT & DISCOUNTED Pre-Sale tickets NOW!!
If you can please stop by:
Fowler Museum at UCLA – THIS Thursday at 6pm – before Afro Funke’
for Fowler Out Loud
UCLA’s Brazilian and Ghanaian ensembles come together for a rhythmic extravaganza. BatUCLAda’s thrilling music from Salvador Bahia, Brazil and the Ghanaian ensemble’s exhilarating beats from Ghana, Africa are sure to get your hips moving. And when they combine efforts for the finale, you simply won’t be able to hold back from dancing!
Fowler Out Loud: Free performances, refreshments and open galleries most Thursday nights.
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world
Thursday May 19, 2011
special guest deejay:
Wonway is a creative hiphop doitall: MC Freestyle Champion, DJ, radio host of ThinkBeat Radio (AllDayPlay.FM and KPFA Berkeley) and co-architect of the world reknown San Fran Wednesday Night Sessions with rhythm section “The Park”. In his short time returning to being a full time DJ, he has already played with Afrika Bambaataa, Tony Touch, Garth Trinidad, Bobbito, Neil Armstrong, and Boogie Blind of the X-ecutioners just to name a few.
His weekly afrolatin hiphop jump, Makossa has grown in popularity to spawn the incredible monthlies in SF, Makossa West, and most recently New York, with the Makossa BK Cookout. Wonway’s style shifts genres of music with ease allowing you to hear HipHop, Salsa, House, Reggae, Future Soul, Afro-beat, Disco and more all within one of his sets. His “Makossa Classics Vol.1.” mix is crack for dancing fiends and a must have for music heads receiving accolades even from Ms. Erykah Badu.
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR
A blindingly bright clarity drives Blitz the Ambassador. With a spot-on sense of flow, he name-checks Basquiat and Lumumba, evokes lovelorn sighs on Accra buses, émigré alienation, history’s shadows. All set to swirls of brass, distorted guitars, and the crackle and pop of old amplifiers.
With a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based MC, composer, and producer unleashes psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes on Native Sun (Embassy MVMT; May 3, 2011). The album was sparked in Accra yet forged in the African diaspora.
Native Sun—as both musical journey and a striking short film—unfolds from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, with help from a Rwandan sweet soul singer (Corneille on the track “Best I Can”), from sleek Francophone sirens (Les Nubians on “Dear Africa”) and from Congolese and Brazilian samba-loving MCs (Baloji and BNegão on “Wahala”). Blitz even got a boost—including an invite to play at a packed Central Park SummerStage show—from Public Enemy’s Afrocentric thinker and rapper Chuck D himself (whose shout outs grace “Oracle).
This “outsider thinking” also led Blitz to make a short film with director Terence Nance as a companion expression for the album, a shorter take on the larger whole that Blitz fears might get lost in the IPod shuffle. Filmed in Ghana with a cast of 55, it maps the transformation of a boy from marginal village orphan to master of his destiny, with a poignancy and panache rarely seen in music videos.
“Native Sun the album is a journey backwards, back through hip hop, the Caribbean soundsystem culture that preceded it, back to its African roots, with the final kora,” notes Blitz. “The film looks forward, to what could be. Both are about the longing for home we feel in the diaspora, and about letting go of old notions and embracing new ideas. The sound in itself speaks to that.”
(Afro Funke’ / Eclectica)
++Plus special surprise guests each week!
++Plus drink specials every Thursday!
Afro Funke’ Thursdays
1301 5th Street @ Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.2221 / 21+ (EVERYONE must have ID)
9pm – 2am / $7 before 10:30pm – $10 after
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