“GIVIN UP FOOD FOR FUNKE!” featured the legendary Afro Roots sensation,
ROCKY DAWUNI for a rare intimate live show with his all star 11 piece band!
Big hugs for the slammin rhymes of J Brave from the Luminaries who joined Rocky on stage
as didbeautiful songstress Jillian Speers and flutist extraordinaire Fuzzbee Morse!
Plus we had THE best DJs in town – Jeremy Sole & Glenn Red of the Afro Funke’
Shout out to ALL OF YOU who came out in your numbers and let your voices
be heard for quality independent music! Thanks as well to those
who brought canned good for our local food banks – all of which was sent to the
SM Civic that very night for the Westside Thanksgiving where hundreds of men, women and
children were fed for the holiday! We truly GIVE THANKS for each and every one of you who support
Afro Funke’ every single week. 1LOVE!
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
WEDNESDAY November 23, 2011
Ghana’s international music star Rocky Dawuni has leveraged his popularity within and without of the Continent to champion social causes and inspire a generation of artists and fans alike. Dawuni’s eloquence as well as his successful melding of musical celebrity and social action has made him a spokesperson for various causes worldwide. Over the last few years, Rocky’s music and electric live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts. Rocky has not performed LIVE at Afro Funke’ since March 2009 so this will be a very special event!
Dawuni’s critically acclaimed current album “Hymns For the Rebel Soul” was nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding World Music Album” and “Best Reggae Song” at the Ghana Music Awards 2011. Hynms was also up for “Best Album” and Rocky for “Best African Artist” (which he won) at the International Reggae & World Music Awards that were held in Trinidad on May 28th where he also put in a show stopping performance with Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Machel Montano and Tony Rebel with their rendition of Bob Marley’s classic “One Love.”
Rocky has performed around the world at many the biggest stages for World and Reggae music events. Rocky’s recent performances include the 18,000 strong “We Day” event in Toronto, Canada alongside Somalian superstar K’Naan at the Air Canada Center for Free The Children. He also did a live performance on international tastemaker radio station KCRW 89.9FM with Jason Bentley on “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” In late 2010, he appeared at the new Hawaii Spirit Music Festival on the north shore of Oahu and at the
Freedom Awards with internationalsuper star, Jason Mraz in Los Angeles wich was televised by live on Halogen TV.
Rocky Dawuni had beautiful tours of Africa, Europe and the United States in the summer of 2011with live dates including a headlining performance at the National Theatre in Nairobi, Kenya for the NGO March Forth Kenya Kids. He was then seen alongside the legendary Stevie Wonder with Janelle Monae, Sharon Jones and other global stars backed by The Tonight Show’s Ricky Minor Band at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 24, 2011. He also performed at Les Esteivales de la Perriere in France on August 13 with the legendary Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Diana King where they joined together on stage to give an absolutely magical rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” which had the French singing their hearts out in the pouring rain! Rocky followed up his summer 20111 European tour with a feature on CNN’s “African Voices” that is continuing to spread Rocky’s message around the world!
(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 presale / $15 at door
(NO CREDIT CARDS FOR COVER !!
Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)
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**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:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”
MARTIN LUTHER KING