very honored to be part of this year’s FELA-BRATION…presented by UCLA’s FOWLER MUSEUM and AFRO FUNKE’!!
The Fowler teams with Afro Funké to present this closing event for Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley (on display through July 24) with a toast to Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, hosted by Rocky Dawuni!
Live music by Najite Agindotan (original Fela Kuti Egypt 80 member) + special guest drummers & dancers
Sunny War, blues guitarist and singer
Jaman Laws (son of legend Ronnie Laws) & Friends (live Afro Jazz)
Face painting by Wawi Amasha (Mami Afrika) and mask-making for families
DJs sets by Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Glenn Red (Afro Funké/Eclectica)
See this major African art exhibition (curator-led tours at 1:15 and 3:30 pm) before it embarks on an international tour!
Free. Snacks/drinks available for purchase.
Booked and Produced by Cary Sullivan (Afro Funké/Rocky Dawuni).
below is my set list from sunday’s opening set at the Khaira Arby show in case anyone liked any of the tunes. i opened with a Malian desert blues track by Ali Farka Toure, knowing the rest of the evening would showcase Khaira and her band’s take on Malian music, then proceeded to work around it by playing tunes derived from other west African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria, and even as far down as South Africa. i also included a Pakistani tune by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan just because it’s a good one. and as always, i tried to incorporate original organic tracks as well as modern remixed and re-edited tracks into the set to keep things warm but forward-minded. check it out:
“Ai Du” – Ali Farka Toure
“Special Rider Blues” – Corey Harris
“Kinna Sohna [remix]” – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
“Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena” – K. Frimpong
“Sorry Sorry [francois k. afro dub]” – Femi Kuti
“Love Your Neighbor [thornato remix]” – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
“Diamonds Dub” – Tangoterje (an instrumental interpration of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes from his classic Graceland album)
“I Can’t Help It [tangoterje edit]” – Michael Jackson
“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” – Soweto Gospel Choir
“Sangare [dj center instrumental]” – Vieux Farka Toure
“Sangare [dj center remix]” – Vieux Farka Toure
“Time Travelin’ (A Tribute To Fela)” – Common
THANK YOU to another amazing audience at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena who were there for Sunday night’s KHAIRA ARBY show! Even with the speculation of nightmarish traffic jams due to the ‘Carmageddon’ threat, a large and enthusiastic crowd turned up and were treated to a highly inspired performance by Mali’s ‘Nightingale of the North’ and her amazing band…top-notch musicianship all around and far beyond the ‘desert blues’ sound for which Mali has been renowned. I was quite honored to have been assigned the evening’s musical warmup duties. Here are just a few pics from the show…
if we don’t get trapped in the madness of this weekend’s ‘Carmageddon’ traffic meltdown here in LA, consider coming out to the Levitt Pavilion this Sunday evening July 17th at 6:00pm sharp, where i’ll be putting down a warmup set in support of Malian desert blues diva, KHAIRA ARBY, who follows immediately at 7pm. she’s the new voice of an outstanding tradition of African blues artists, most notably the legacy begun by Ali Farke Toure. i’m REALLY looking forward to this one 🙂