much love to the all the beautiful folks who came out early and stayed late for our Afro Funke’ Sound System night! we love those of you who came out early to slink and sway through the Jamaican rhythms and danced all the way through until we touched back down in the USA with some feel-good Motown soul.
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 March 1, 2012
AFRO FUNKE’ SOUND SYSTEM
Oneko Arika is a world-renowned percussionist and music teacher. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Oneko was exposed to traditional African music through a cultural group who trained on the same premises where Oneko competed as an amateur boxer for the Kenya Postes and Telecommunications Corporation.
In 2002, Oneko began performing with a Kenyan group called Senta Lain which is a fusion of spoken word, cuban rhythms and traditional African beats. Their first studio album was released by Hippo Records in 2009. His time with Senta Lain helped Oneko to develop his skills as a musician, writer, and teacher of the arts. Oneko was recently featured with his Senta Lain partner, Michel Ongaro, in the award-winning documentary, “The Music Lesson.” This project involved bringing classically trained youth musicians from Boston to Laikipia Kenya to learn and teach music with local schoolchildren. Oneko and Michel lead these students on not only a musical journey, but a life journey that was life changing.
After participating in The Music Lesson project, Oneko co-founded March Forth Kenya Kids Inc. (www.marchforthkenyakids.com), a non-profit organization working with students in Kenya to teach them arts and help lead their lives in a positive direction. He is the Director of Programs and is currently working with hundreds of youth in the area in which he was raised.
More recently, Oneko performed in Russia at the Creation of Peace festival with Huun Huur Tu to an audience of over 100,000. He has also performed alongside Tippa Irie and Rocky Dawuni, and recently toured the United States with the legendary reggae toaster, Pato Banton, as his lead percussionist.
++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!!
March 8, 2012
DJ AL JACKSON
**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:
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”