Afro Funke’ was in 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.
This week we are VERY excited about the return of DJ LADY SHA. who
has not graced our decks in many a moon. She is SUPER fun so do not miss this!! Plus a very special LIVE performance by the The Ava Nahas World Percussion Ensemble!
We also have a very special listening party for the brand new SEUN KUTI album,”FROM AFRICA WITH FURY: RISE!” For anyone who missed his amazing show at Grand Performances on Friday July 15th, PLEASE come down early and check this album, win some giveaways and support “original African music!”
Plus…DJ Jeremy Sole will be back from his European Tour!!
Speaking of the Kuti family…..
AFRO FUNKE’ is presenting a very special “FELA-BRATION” event at the Fowler Museum at UCLA on Saturday, July 23 from 1 to 4pm – FREE, All ages, daytime event! PLEASE join US!
Another VERY special event is taking place on Sunday, July 24 at 7pm when Afro Funke’s own ROCKY DAWUNI will join the legendary STEVIE WONDER & very special guests for KCRW’s “Global Soul Event!” This show will close out Rocky’s amazing run of Southern California shows this summer before he heads back to Europe to storm France with Shaggy!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!
Afro Funke’ has 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway for this VERY special event…..the first two people to email with the name of Rocky Dawuni’s first album – win!!
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 21, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
A turntablist, musician, vocalist, and first female to win the annual Winter Music Conference DJ Spin-off in WMC history (Miami 2008), Lady Sha continuously returns home to LA a citizen of the globe as reflected in her eclectic DJ sets. Spinning heated hip hop fused with electro, soul, rock, house, reggae, & global sounds, she has moved dance floors worldwide. One of the few female DJ’s to have rocked parties in Jamaica & the first female DJ to spin live on South African radio airwaves (2004), Lady Sha innovates the music & nightlife industries universally. Currently, you can find Sha dj-ing high-end & special events in Los Angeles & cities across the globe, while also producing annual events with co-founder Aneesah Williams through their firm, LionessLA.
live performance by:
THE AVA NAHAS WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
The Ava Nahas Percussion Ensemble is inspired by the idea that rhythms in their exalted state capture the soul by stirring emotion and revealing stories. Lebanese-Egyptian percussionist and singer-songwriter Ava Nahas expresses this inspiration in her full length composition, “Telos: Rhythms of Passage”. It consists of three movements, each richly representing a unique stage of human life. They individually embody the vastly contrasting emotional landscapes that shape these life junctures. They are: “Birth: Origin of Life”; “Passion, Despite Reason”; and “Wisdom: Hunger for Connection”. The third movement reflects a vision for human evolution and strives to unify and empower people in this era of profound global discord. The ANPE perform these distinct movements separately or together as a larger work.
Ava is happily working with distinctive percussionists Jamie Papish and Christo Pellani. Together they soulfully weave life’s journeys with vibrant layers of world rhythms, revealing poetry, and captivating songs.
The group plays a wide range of world percussion instruments and is dedicated to both beautiful traditions and creative frontiers. These musicians have performed individually both in the U.S. and abroad. Together, their passion, synergy and intensity have gripped audiences, and their devoted fan base steadily grows with each performance.
listening party 9-10pm with giveaways:
“FROM AFRICA WITH FURY: RISE”
With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti’s critically praised debut, 2008’s Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela’s musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.
Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80’s extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band – as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun – worldwide acclaim as one of today’s most incendiary live acts. With Kuti’s booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like “African Soldiers” and “Mr. Big Thief” are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.
(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 28, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
AFRO FUNKE’ SOUND SYSTEM
featuring 2×4 set w/ DJs Jeremy Sole & Glenn Red
dance class 9 to 10pm:
CLUB ZUMBA w/ WIL WILSON!
**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:
“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. ”