Last Thursday at AFRO FUNKE’ was PURE dancefloor madness! We started off the night with Zumba with Wil Wilson which got the party jumping at 9:01! Then DJ GLENN RED took over with the help of some amazing visuals of Bollywood by photographer MARK BENNINGTON to set the mood for the evening.
DJ FABIAN ALSULTANY spun the crowd into a frenzy of world beats and electronica that had them running out to our “No Tomatoes” Indian food truck for some nourishment to keep going until the wee hours with MR. JEREMY SOLE who brought the LOVE as always. ROCKY DAWUNI was on hand to drop some knowledge to the crowd on the microphone before jetting back off to Ghana to reconnect with the Motherland. Thanks to all of the serious music heads, yoga friends, AF regulars, new comers, birthday people & more who shared the evening 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 September 15th, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ PRESENTS
Bollywood photography show 10-11pm:
by MARK BENNINGTON
Salman Khan gets mobbed wherever he goes, “like the Beatles.” Comic actor Boman Irani felt like an old pal. In spite of his “bad ass” image, next-gen actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is really “sweet.” Soap star Smriti Irani, who dominated the role of the saintly housewife, worked at McDonald’s when she was first starting out.
Mark Bennington gleaned these bits-and-pieces after spending his recent months chasing after Bollywood stalwarts and newcomers. No, he’s not India’s most avid autograph-seeker. Instead, he’s trying to capture a moment in their lives for his documentary photography project “Living the Dream.” The book, when it’s finished, will feature 114 portraits, each accompanied by an anecdote about trying to make it—and having made it—in Bollywood.
So far, the actor-turned-photographer has managed to shoot and interview 110 people, from big screen names both past and present like Salman Khan, Irrfan Khan, Anupam Kher and Hema Malini to theater personality Lilette Dubey and character actor Vijay Raaz to recent arrivals to Mumbai, home to India’s Hindi movie industry. “It’s just thinking of this acting community as a tree,” Mr. Bennington said in an interview, adding that the entire book, which he hopes to bring out by early 2012, will represent “every branch” on that tree.
dance class 9-10:
CLUB ZUMBA w/ WIL WILSON
after party for GRAND PERFORMANCES FUNDRAISER with:
STAFF BENDA BILILI
Grand Performances and The Los Angeles Theatre Center are proud to announce the U.S. debut of Staff Benda Bilili. After a wildly successful European tour, this special two-show engagement marks Staff Benda Bilili’s Los Angeles debut. Cuban-influenced rumba, rhythm and blues, reggae, spectacularly customized tricycles, a handmade, electric one string lute, and an eclectic mix of other instruments all play essential roles in the sound and story of this group of Congolese musicians affected by polio. Join us as they promote the U.S. release of Benda Bilili!, set to be distributed this fall by National Geographic Films.
This performance will take place at:
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(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
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Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)
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September 22, 2011
AFRO FUNKE’ LIVE PRESENTS
TUMI ANSAH & FRIENDS
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