Afro PUNK was in the FULL effect last Thursday for the return of Uganda’s SABA SABA!! Wow, NUFF energy! Afro Funke’ was rockin’ out big time!
Thanks to Idan K from Israel for sharing his amazing Afro inspired album with us.
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 14, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ LIVE PRESENTS
(live hip hop from Uganda!)
Saba Saba, Ugandan hip hop/Lugaflow artist & cultural activist, has been performing since 1994. Performing as Krazy Native he was a founding member of the Bataka Squad, a Ugandan hip hop group that originated the use of the Luganda language in hip hop music(Lugaflow). Saba Saba established himself as a solo artist with the 2005 release of Tujja-Babya, a song on his album by the same name. Tujja-babya, meaning “to break through” in Luganda, earned him a nomination for best hip hop artist and song in the 2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards. His music addresses daily struggles and triumphs of African life, while honoring his African culture through the use of his native language and musical references to traditional music and drumming.
He co-founded the Ugandan Hip Hop Foundation and since 2003 has organized a yearly hip hop summit in Kampala Uganda. He has been a guest artist and speaker at numerous events in Africa and the United States, representing Uganda through his music and lectures on African culture and music. Highlights include his 2005 participation as a representative of Uganda at the UN’s first African Global Hip Hop Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, his 2007 performance alongside Michael Franti and a crowd of 70,000 at the Power to the Peaceful festival in San Francisco and most recently, in March 2008 he performed and served as a panelist for Harvard University’s Conference “African Youth Development through Art and Technology – The Role of African Hip Hop.”
His current music projects include a solo album titled “Cup of Coffee” and a collaboration with the internationally recognized artist DJ Spooky.
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
IDAN K “Cosmic Love Foundation”
Multi-instrumentalist, percussionist and borderline mentally ill, Idan K has been standing at the forefront of the Israeli music scene for almost two decades, collaborating with top talents both locally and internationally, as well as leading his own ensemble of fearless percussion warriors.
In a musical landscape bursting with low-grade substitutes, ‘Idan K and The Movement Of Rhythm’ shines brighter than ever. In an industry flooded with clichés, trying to pinhole Idan’s music by describing it with words too often used, like ‘groove’, ‘melting pot’, ‘afro’, ‘funk’, ‘dub’, or ‘dance’, will not only do it an injustice and undermine its urgent creative value – it might also deprive many new ears deserving of new titillation. These ears will recognize unique and groundbreaking sounds when they hear them.
So here you have it. Over 5 years in the making, this album is the healthy child of colliding continents, a musical extravaganza recorded with 32 master musicians that came to be ‘The Movement Of Rhythm’. The result is an intelligent, complex and energetic piece of music tweaked to perfection. This is the rare type of music that expands and enriches–and even sometimes redefines–the genres and styles it relies upon as launch pad. Guaranteed to blow minds and nourish ears of the initiated as well as those who are just looking to shake their butts.
(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)
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July 21, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
**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:
“A man is but the product of his thoughts–what he thinks, he becomes. ”