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Pictured: Afro Funké host and international reggae star ROCKY DAWUNI (Ghana)

LA WEEKLY gave the upcoming AFRO FUNKÉ event a little (but much appreciated!) love in this morning’s online music posts. Take a minute to check out the gracious blurb by Lina Lecaro.

And if you think you might make it, here’s the Facebook Event Page for DECEMBER 3rd’s AFRO FUNKÉ getdown. We would love to be with you on this special night!


Just in case you hadn’t heard or don’t follow me on Facebook, I recently posted that our friends from East LA’s urban folk/punk/Latin alternative band Las Cafeteras have digitally released the remix e.p. on which La Junta Sound System (Yukicitio, Degruvme y moi) collaborated with them earlier this year. Below is the artwork I created for the release as well as the link to a free download of my own remix for the Las Cafeteras update on the son jarocho classic “El Chuchumbé”. Grab it and please let me know if you like it! Please click the image.


still funky.


I’m so infinitely grateful that we’re still able to hold these sweaty get-togethers with you a few times a year, even two years after ending our run as LA’s premier world music affair. We’re still looking forward to big things in the coming year. Above is the flier that on which Jeremy and I collaborated.

In addition to Jeremy Sole and me holding it down on the turntables, we’ve got a superb shortlist of talent coming through to bless the festivities:

Live percussion by KAHLIL CUMMINGS (Balandugu Kan, Capofresh, EthioCali / LA)
Live dance by NADRA EHRMAN (Afro Fusion Dance / Santa Barbara)
Live painting by NGENE MWAURA (Kenya)

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live life live.

Sharing some photos from my live music jaunt between Oct 23rd and Nov 7th. I was fortunate to also see two fantastic tropical Latin bands from L.A. that are not pictured here–TropiCorillo and Carimbó. All photos taken with my iPhone 5C.

The mixing board at the Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA


Dexter Story’s Wondem Band (cameo appearance by jazz vocalist Dwight Trible, pictured) at The Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles CA


The Hidden Depths at The Echoplex, Echo Park CA


Brainstory at The Echoplex, Echo Park CA


The Bloodhounds at The Echoplex, Echo Park CA

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Cutty Flam at The Echoplex, Echo Park CA


Thee Commons at The Echoplex, Echo Park CA


Jonny Lang at the Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA


Vardan Ovsepian & Tatiana Parra at the Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles CA


Youssou N’Dour at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles CA