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’.

want the pie.

The Funkees are arguably my favorite straight up afro funk group outside of Fela and his camp, so when I ran across this edit a while back by ‘The Super Ninja Pizza DJ’s’ I had to grab it. I use as much restraint as I can when it comes to playing edits and remixes in my sets, but this one was quite nice. It sticks to the original groove respectfully while still adding those cool touches that the hip hop and bass generations love. And I like ninjas and pizza. Enjoy.

<<rwd<< Afro Funké 11.14.2013: Live performance by latin reggae sensation ALIKA (Argentina)!!

Thursday night, AFRO FUNKÉ LIVE is proud to present Argentina’s dancehall & reggae star…

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ALIKA

Alika gained recognition as a fiercely conscious voice emanating from Latin America, writing direct lyrics of respect, dignity and selfconfidence, while also recounting common issues found in many of the third world “barrios” of Latin America.

Her charisma and presence on stage have allowed her to take her show to festivals, theaters, clubs, schools, hospitals and even prisions in different cities arround the world—including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States of America. France, Spain and Andorra.—marking a truly amazing career for someone who to this day remains an independent artist.

Alika has five studio albums to date and is credited with having created some of the biggest reggae anthems in the latin reggae world. Tunes such as Ejercito Despierta on the World A Music/Jamrock Riddim (with several million Youtube views) have helped establish Alika as an international Reggae star and have helped place latin Reggae on the worldwide map. A further attestant to this is Alika’s 5th album, which was a collaborative effort with world-reknown dub producer Mad Professor. The 2009 album, entitled ¨Mad Professor meets Alika¨, was entirely produced by the genius of dub himself.

In September of 2007 Alika launched her own exclusive clothing line-Alika Tresde -which has received great accolades. The line is available in Argentina through the widely successful retail outfit Isabel la Catolica, with stores located throughout the country. In August of 2009 Alika also introduced her own signature model of sunglasses developed by world acclaimed manufacturers VULK, currently available in Argentina and Mexico.

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