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!
Here’s my latest flier for La Junta!
This coming SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd, La Junta continues to smolder as we welcome Daniela Brazil Hollywood’s ‘OYA BRAZIL’ in a fully costumed (or should we say ‘barely’ costumed?) live samba dance show! Needless to say, the boys are looking forward to this one 😉 We’ve also invited longtime homie BABY BUBBA from Vibes & Stuff Radio and Soul Sessions to help us keep fanning the flames, as well as a new friend we met two years ago from way down in Quintana Roo while the La Junta fam vacationed in Playa Del Carmen, México. The man’s in town ready to get down in LA just before joining Osunlade, Nickodemus, and Sabo at Burning Man… hope you’ll join us in welcoming our amigo, representing the NO MAS Punchis Punchis stylee–NETZA!
See you there, familia!
We’re down to the final three events of our summer season, which also means we’re bringing out the heavy hitters! On SUNDAY AUGUST 9TH, you absolutely MUST join us for a high energy romp on the patio at Fronteras Mexican Grill Cantina, as LA’s homegrown but internationally known Afro-Latin house music producer/deejay Jose Marquez jumps in the deejay booth for what is sure to be one of hottest and brightest highlights of our summer. We cannot wait to dance together with you!
+21 / FREE!!!
Bring your dancing folk and we’ll see you there!
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’.
My new HOUSE OF MARLEY headphones (thanks, Cary & Rocky!) have been over in Nigeria so far this week, as I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms from having not mixed at an AFRO FUNKE event for two and a half months now. As much fun as it is for a music lover/collector to spend time researching and digging up shiny and heavy new tunes for our ears, it’s also sweet when an amazing label like SOUNDWAY RECORDS shares gems from their own mining operations. Thanks and respect to MILES CLERET and co. for releasing this rare album last fall…EASY KABAKA BROWN!!
And big shouts to deejays RANI D and SON ZOO for feeding my soul with all the funkiness last night at RADIO AFRIQUE! Congrats on a great debut, fellas!