Some of you may remember the word that precedes the lyric above (courtesy of Peaches & Herb, or whomever wrote the song), but it definitely describes the way I feel about getting together with my Afro Funké family members–those on both sides of the turntables. What makes it even more special is that we’ll be together for the first time under the LA evening sky, out at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. The event will mark our first move outside of the traditional night club setting, as well as our first venture together as a team outside of the westside/Santa Monica, across to the northeast corner of LA. To boot, we’ve got a fun and energetic opening act in Brazilian drum troupe BATALA LOS ANGELES. They’ll have the crowd gettin’ down big just in time for my boys JUNGLE FIRE to light up the stage with their hard-hitting afro-latin funk! Hope you get to join us! JUNE 21st 7:30pm.
**flyer: yours truly on the groundwork, Jeremy Sole on the perfect trimming and buffing.
As the weather here in Los Angeles keeps leaning toward summer, those cravings for tropical sounds grow deeper and the pangs definitely come more frequently! As I was doing some design work last night, I had the inkling to put on an old T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou compilation album (Soundway Records) that I hadn’t listened to at length in a few years. I often play the single entitled ‘Gendamou Na Wili We Gnannin’ in my deejay sets when I feel the dance floor is ready for some deep grinders, but I’d forgotten how much of a monster this tune below is as well. This music may originate in Benin, but it’s WAY too funky to be called benign. Dig ‘Aihe Ni Kpe We’.
Sorry that I’ve been light on the posts for the past few weeks; been busy designing some promo materials for upcoming events this summer. Here are the front and back sides for two separate flyers for the LA JUNTA party. Mark your calendars and dance with us on SUNDAY JUNE 8th at Fronteras Cantina in the city of Alhambra, just a few miles east of Downtown L.A. Live Colombian music by Oakland’s LA MISA NEGRA, deejays (including yours truly), Mexican food, drinks and lots friendly folks. Some links to check:
JUNE 8TH FACEBOOK INVITE
The Official LA JUNTA website
LA JUNTA SoundCloud Page
Oakland’s LA MISA NEGRA
Hope to see you there!