As we eased on into the summer in our beautiful City of Angels, it was lovely to have DJ Junior join us from Philly for a night of celebration! Also in the house were the members of Grupo Fantasma
who came over from their show at the Santa Monica Pier to hang out with the Afro Funke’ crew! Thanks to Strut / !K-7 Records for letting us enjoy the new Orchestre Poly-Rhthmo CD which is absolutely gorgeous! Please support quality African music!
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 July 7, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
(Record Breakin’ / NYC)
Some do it for the fame. Some do it for the money. But the very best selectors play music for the love of it. Take DJ Junior, one of Philadelphia’s premiere purveyors of indie hip-hop, house, rare grooves, broken beat and afrobeat. “I’ve never wanted to be the center of attention,” explains Junior, who grew up on his Jamaican parents’ socca and reggae and began collecting hip-hop and soul records at age 15. “I’m just a fan of music; I love introducing listeners to artists from different genres that they might not get a chance to hear.”
Each Friday from 6 to 9 PM EST, Junior shares this passion for independent artistry on Eavesdrop, the radio show he co-hosts with Philly producer Lil’ Dave . The show, which is broadcast by Drexel University’s WKDU 91.7FM and airs on Junior’s website, http://www.recordbreakin.com, features interviews with artists like King Britt, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ursula Rucker, Dwele, Lizz Fields, Platinum Pied Pipers, Jazzanova, and tracks by hundreds of signed and unsigned musicians. By providing a platform for those outside of the commercial loop, Eavesdrop has attracted a worldwide following of thousands, including ?uestlove, Zap Mama, Benji B (BBC 1Xtra), Rich Medina and Foreign Exchange’s Nicolay and Phonte.
In 2007 Junior started Record Breakin’ Music (RBM), a Philadelphia-based, boutique record label with a straightforward approach to releasing quality new music with a soulful foundation. RBM has already started on the right path with releasing two highly acclaimed compilations, Lend Me Your Ear and Excursions. In 2008 we initiated our limited edition 7″ series. This series along with our full length albums and EP’s are how we will continue to introduce our contributions to the music community. “Our focus has and always will be to present quality music to a culture that embraces it.”
But even as DJ Junior extends his reach, he remains focused on his original mission: to spread the good word on good music. “I’m very approachable,” says Junior. ” I don’t just play tracks and say, ‘Whoever gets it, gets it.’ That would be doing a disservice to the audience and the artists. My goal is to share. That’s why I write pieces about the artists who come on Eavesdrop, that’s why I post track lists on my site, and that’s why I archive everything I do. My goal isn’t to get a certain audience. It’s for everybody to hear quality music.”
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are national institutions in Benin, West Africa. Formed during the late ’60s, they soundtracked the years following Benin’s independence under Kerekou’s Leninist – Marxist regime, whipping up a groundbreaking fusion of traditional highlife, Afrobeat, soul, funk and the indigenous styles and voodoo-led traditions of their homeland. Their songs touched on all of their national languages – the mina French dialect, Fon and Yoruba – and confidently referenced a broad range of international music from James Brown to Johnny Halliday. As well as forging their own success, they were the first port of call to back many of West Africa’s greatest artists, from Gnonnas Pedro to ManuDibango and Bembeya Jazz.
The band’s reputation began spreading to Western audiences in 2004 through a breathtaking Soundway compilation of archive classics and rarities followed by two sumptuous collections on Analog Africa. Around the same time, French radio producer Elodie Maillot (Radio France, Vibrations, Mondomix) began seeking out the original band members in Benin. After a memorable radio interview, the musicians asked her to help them achieve their dream – to play once in a lifetime outside of Africa. Since then, the band has reformed, now a 10-piece featuring five original members from the very first ‘60s incarnation, two from the mid-‘70s line-up and three new members. They have played many high profile concerts, bringing the infectious Poly-Rythmo sonic melting pot to a whole new generation of fans from the African Soul Rebels tour of major UK arts centres and the WOMAD festival to Lincoln Center in New York.
Recorded in Paris and produced by Maillot, Cotonou Club is the band’s first new album in over 20 years, a celebration of the Poly-Rythmo sound with new versions of the band’s classics, including massive West African hit ‘Gbeti Madjro’, and a host of new compositions. Guest appearances include African superstar Angelique Kidjo, who began her career in Poly-Rythmo’s backyard, new World Circuit signing Fatoumata Diawara and Paul Thomson and Nick McCarthy from indie favourites Franz Ferdinand, both huge fans of the group’s sound. Their collaboration, ‘Lion Is Burning’ storms through with its own unique energy. The album will be released in four formats – two-disc limited edition, single CD version, double LP gatefold and digital. The limited two-disc edition features an exclusive bonus film documenting their new recording sessions and following them band as they undertake their first ever international tour across Europe, USA and Brazil. The bonus disc also includes alternative album mixes and live recordings.
(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
(NO CREDIT CARDS FOR COVER !!
Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)
*AFRO FUNKE’ is now on Twitter! Please follow us!!
July 14, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ LIVE PRESENTS
(live hip hop from Uganda!)
**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:
“For memory has painted this perfect day with colors that never fade, and we find at the end of a perfect
day the soul of a friend we’ve made. ”
Carrie Jacobs Bond