kindred voices.


Sending deep gratitude today to LA global bass artist GINGEE for inviting me to contribute a track to this diverse compilation of Filipino musicmakers from the US, Canada, France, and of course the Philippines. My pieces is from an EP of meditation traks I’d worked on in late 2013 that I shelved in favor of other projects, this one incorporating just a gong, a rainstick, a simple vocal and a few drum samples. Listen through and enjoy this project…there is some fantastic material here. Free for download or pay what you’d like. Please share it if you dig it.

Curated by GINGEE and KIMMORTAL.
Cover art by KIMMORTAL
Baybaysin (pre-colonial script in title) by KRISTIAN KABUAY


NBCee ya, bastards.


A middle finger goes to NBC for greenlighting and developing a new ‘sitcom’ called “Mail Order Family”. It’s based on a white man who buys a mail order bride from the Philippines to help raise his daughters. Not only do I find this offensive as a person of Filipino heritage, it is utterly offensive to me as a man, as a human being, and as a proponent of art in all forms.

Women are never to be treated as products to be purchased for mindless consumption as if via an Amazon Prime membership. To even consider airing a show with a premise of this nature, let alone as a comedy, NBC is clearly demonstrating the kind of poor taste that has hastened the network’s continuing slide into irrelevance. I definitely recommend that my family, friends, colleagues and social media audience completely boycott NBC and their already useless programming.

Please sign the petition to cancel NBC’s “Mail Order Family” at Change.Org

Gratitude goes to GABRIELA USA for creating the petition and shedding light on this unacceptable matter.



einstein citing.

Here are this week’s lil nuggets of wisdom, courtesy of one of the most wisest and most interesting people who ever blessed the planet…Albert Einstein:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

it’s [almost] time.


This is just a small harbinger of something that I’ve been working on and am excited about…hope to premiere it within the next week or so!

imagining dragons.


a little funwith Bitstrips. my avatar is close, though it makes me look a bit like Samir from Office Space…think short sleeved dress shirt with a tie.


<<rwd<< AFRO FUNKÉ 09.12.2013: Special Guest CLIFTON aka DJ SOFT TOUCH (Funky Sole/LA)

sometimes the right time is a long time in the making…

September 12, 2013

guest deejay:
(Funky Sole)

“A veteran of local LA bands such as The Mojo Filters, The Belle Isle (which featured members of The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Love Grenades, Black Sugar (members of whom are now in Vintage Trouble), & Stereo Action Unlimited, Clifton’s start as a DJ came about because of his band memberships. Often asked to guest DJ shows that one of his bands played, DJ’ing soon took over and became his main vocation.

In his time as a DJ, Clifton (aka DJ Soft Touch) maintained a six year residency at the Beauty Bar (RIP) with DJ Dia (Café’ Bleu, Bang, Club Underground, Super Soul Sundays), was a part of Chinatown’s legendary indie dance club Club Transistor, and also held residency at famed Britpop night Club Underground.”

resident deejay / co:founder:

resident deejay:
(Afro Funke’ / Eclectica)

host / co:founder:
Rocky Dawuni’s current album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” is available
on ITunes worldwide!! http://itunes.apple.com/album/hymns-for-the-rebel-soul/id350260482

co:founder, booker, photographer, producer:

*Plus special guest deejays & players of instruments!*

*Drink specials every Thursday!*

Afro Funké – Thursdays at Zanzibar.
1301 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.2221 / 21+ (EVERYONE Must have ID)
9p-2a / $7 before 10:30pm – $10 after

Afro Funké info: Cary Sullivan | afrofunke@yahoo.com


**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, & other amazing crafts people!!**

with a little help from our friends:

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

Lao Tzu


a week later…not so ‘good’.

The number 13 has been unlucky for centuries. Some historians peg the superstition to the 13 people who attended the Last Supper (neither Jesus nor Judas came out of that one O.K.), but ancient Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws, so the superstition dates back to at least 1700 BC. Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in 1881 an organization called the Thirteen Club attempted to improve the number’s reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them) walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to more than 400 members, including five U.S. Presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Despite the club’s efforts, triskaidekaphobia (that’s fear of the number 13) flourished; even today, most tall buildings don’t have a 13th Floor.

The number’s association with Friday, however, didn’t take hold until the 20th century. In 1907, eccentric Boston stockbroker Thomas Lawson published a book called Friday the Thirteenth, which told of an evil businessman’s attempt to crash the stock market on the unluckiest day of the month. Thanks to an extensive ad campaign, the book sold well: nearly 28,000 copies within the first week. In 1916 the book was turned into a feature-length silent film.

Wall Street’s superstitions about Friday the 13th continued through 1925, when the New York Times noted that people “would no more buy or sell a share of stock today than they would walk under a ladder or kick a black cat out of their path.” Some stock traders also blamed Black Monday — Oct. 19, 1987 — on the fact that three Fridays fell on the 13th that year. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that $700-$800 million dollars are lost every Friday the 13th because of people’s refusal to travel, purchase major items or conduct business.

Read more of this Time.com article here.