I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the release date for my first remix since 2016 falls on this coming Friday, February 9th! It’s a re-envisioning of the tune “Sou” by Burkina Faso’s WÜIWA, whose traditional kora and balafon sound we decided to freak disco style with a bumpin’ bass line, funky wahwah guitars and synth lines that would put a smile on the faces of our favorite 80s new wave bands. The project was done in collaboration with my partner from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, David Cardena aka ‘degruvme’ (think Deee-Lite for those who know), and involved me traveling about 30 minutes or so each way, a few evenings a week for about a month to work out of his Pasadena home studio, so that we both had equal opportunity for creative input. Big props to degruvme, as he sat in the chair and behind the actual computer keyboard for most of the production process…well, because he’s much quicker on a computer than I am (he’s an IT manager by day). I sat right at his side for all of it though, even during the car mixdown tests. AND I did the cover art above 😉
Extra thanks to our brother, Joe McGuire, of Pan-Californian Afro-disco-funk outfit Afrolicious for composing and recording the guitar and bass tracks during a fun two-hour session in his Santa Monica, CA studio. Plus, once again, we called on our friend Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet to polish the project with a final mixdown and mastering session.
Most of all, our gratitude goes to Seb Krimi of RADIO KRIMI and RADIO KRIMI RECORDS based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France for inviting us to work on this project and releasing it on his amazing label. Please check out the tune, consider purchasing it and spreading the word…we’re grateful for everyone’s kindness!
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I’m both excited and nervous about this latest AFRO FUNKÉ show called ‘AFRICA RISING’. I’m very eager to be part of the bill (as part of the Afro Funké Sound System deejay duo with JEREMY SOLE) and to hear and see the other performers, which include my my friends ROCKY DAWUNI, DEXTER STORY & WONDEM and special guest, legendary Congolese-Belgian Afropop artist MARIE DAULNE of ZAP MAMA!! I think that the quality of the lineup evoked what I think is some of my best work as a graphic designer, this flier pictured above. Thanks to Jeremy for adding some clean polish work to it! The show, presented by Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW, takes place under the stars on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th at the historic FORD THEATRES in Hollywood. The show starts at 7pm, with doors open and picnicking at 5pm. Please spread the word and make plans to attend!
Facebook Event: Afro Funké & 89.9 KCRW Present ‘AFRICA RISING’
For General Admission & VIP tickets, please visit fordtheatres.org
With gratitude to:
LA County Arts Commission
EnClave Los Angeles
Culture Gap LA
Thursday, April 7th, marks the beginning of AFRO FUNKÉ’s third ‘post-weekly’ year, meaning that we’ve continued to host our event beyond its incarnation as a legendary Thursday evening fixture on the west side of Los Angeles. Since stepping back and ending that 10-year long tenure in late 2013, we’ve given ourselves room to breathe, to reimagine, and to grow. In 2014 and 2015, we were able to throw a handful of very well-attended one-off/’pop-up’ events in parts of the city beyond our original Santa Monica locale, and this year looks to be even brighter! Please come out and reunite with Jeremy, Cary, Rocky and me this week at our beloved and true home, ZANZIBAR! We’ll have some live dance performances and drumming, as well as live painting on the stage. Say YEAH YEAH!
This is the flier that I designed, to which Jeremy lent his golden touch before letting it fly. We’re a pretty good team behind the turntables too 😉
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!