thursday jan 31 | afro funké

9pm-2am ∙ Townhouse & Del Monte ∙ $10 Continue reading

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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.