BIG thanks to Mohammed Alidu & Bizung Family who came all of the way out from Colorado to grace the stage at AFRO FUNKE’ last Thursday. They were on FIRE! WOW! Congrats to Playing for Change for another amazing CD…PFC-2!! Go get yourself a copy!
BIG CONGRATS to our Afro Funke’ own’s ROCKY DAWUNI for winning “Best African Artist” at the International Reggae and World Music Awards 2011 held in Trinidad. He is doing 3 concerts on 3 continents with 3 different bands in 3 weeks – our brother is on a mission from God…we wish him well!!
Check out www.rockydawuni.com for a bunch of upcoming Southern California dates including June 18 FREE at the Levitt Pavilion which Afro Funke’ is producing with DJs Garth Trinidad & Glenn Red as part of the Make Music Pasadena Event !! 1LOVE!
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 June 9, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ LIVE PRESENTS
MOHAMMED ALIDU & THE BIZUNG FAMILY
(with members of Playing for Change!)
Mohammed Alidu was born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana a lineage that dates back over 1000 years. At the age of three, Alidu¹s father began teaching him the history of his tribe as their ancestors had done before them – singing and the language of the talking drum. In 1995, Alidu was invited to join the national dance company of Ghana The Ghana Dance Ensemble and was selected from over 70 musicians to become the company¹s principal drummer. It was with the Ghana Dance Ensemble that Alidu began his journey to bring the musical language of his people to the world, performing for audiences and dignitaries on almost every continent. Since that time, Alidu has worked with Adzido, the largest pan-African dance company in Europe, spent one year in Madagascar, collaborating with local artists where he started to compose and perform his unique blend of Afropop music by fusing traditional and contemporary elements from West Africa and Madagascar, performed with the multi-national collective Playing For Change, and built the first Playing For Change Foundation School in Tamale, Ghana. Despite his extensive travels, the traditional drumming and dance of Ghana is always close to his heart and is what fills his spirit.
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
“PLAYING FOR CHANGE 2: SONGS AROUND THE WORLD”
Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.
Playing For Change – Songs Around The World Part 2 is a continuation and evolution of our desire to present music to inspire the world,” Mark Johnson says. “The journey of this album takes us from a village in Mali to the favelas (slums) of Brazil, from New Orleans to India, Jamaica to Japan. We stopped in 15 countries and recorded more than 150 musicians. One song, “Le Tierra del Olivido (Land of the Forgotten),” has over 80 people playing on it. There are new songs that were written for this album and the quality of our technology has improved.”
(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 /$10
(NO CREDIT CARDS FOR COVER !!
Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)
*AFRO FUNKE’ is now on Twitter! Please follow us!!
June 16, 2011
(XL8R / Bersa Discos / Tormento Tropical)
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
**Check out the exclusive Afro Funke’ T-Shirts
@ the club every week. Plus hand made hats, jewelry, belts & more
provided by Big Al Hats, Native Sol, Cola Smith-Adabachi,
Amreen Karmali & other amazing crafts people!!**
with a little help from our friends: