thursday september 5 | afrolicious

from the Facebook event page:
Afrolicious in its 2nd monthly installation features a DJ set by maestro Glenn Red (La Junta, Afro Funké) joining us with his amazing DJ stylings. Live set by Afrolicious and DJ set by Pleasuremaker as well!

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thursday jan 31 | afro funké

SAVE THE DATE! The mighty AFRO FUNKÉ is back with an early but explosive 2019 hit. We’re celebrating the release of our own ROCKY DAWUNI‘s title track to his forthcoming studio album Beats of Zion (out in March). We’ll announce the full lineup in just a few days, but check it out below and we’ll see you there!

special guests:
GARTH TRINIDAD (KCRW)
MAGATTE FALL & GENERATION PERCU (Senegal/LA) with KARA MACK

resident deejays:
JEREMY SOLE (KCRW)
GLENN RED (La Junta)

host:
ROCKY DAWUNI (Ghana/LA)

producer:
CARY SULLIVAN

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guest deejays in the Townhouse Lounge:
TBA

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9PM-2AM | 21+ | $10

Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Ave
Venice CA 90291

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flyer photo: Amir Image

still funky.

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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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benin, not benign.

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’.