on the rise.

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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:
Ford Theatres
LA County Arts Commission
89.9 KCRW
EnClave Los Angeles
Culture Gap LA
Fusicology
DoLA
Universal Rhythm

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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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…and it feels so good.

Some of you may remember the word that precedes the lyric above (courtesy of Peaches & Herb, or whomever wrote the song), but it definitely describes the way I feel about getting together with my Afro Funké family members–those on both sides of the turntables. What makes it even more special is that we’ll be together for the first time under the LA evening sky, out at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. The event will mark our first move outside of the traditional night club setting, as well as our first venture together as a team outside of the westside/Santa Monica, across to the northeast corner of LA. To boot, we’ve got a fun and energetic opening act in Brazilian drum troupe BATALA LOS ANGELES. They’ll have the crowd gettin’ down big just in time for my boys JUNGLE FIRE to light up the stage with their hard-hitting afro-latin funk! Hope you get to join us! JUNE 21st 7:30pm.

**flyer: yours truly on the groundwork, Jeremy Sole on the perfect trimming and buffing.

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<<rwd<< Afro Funké 04.26.2012: Guest deejay NEWLIFE (FEx, Chicago)!!


Last Thursday, DJ NEWLIFE breezed into town from the Windy City and inspired the AFRO FUNKÉ dance floor with a bumpin’ set of feelgood rhythms from around the globe. It was one of those love-charged AF nights where all the goodness came about steadily, with the magic being conjured by the confluence of everybody’s positive vibrations throughout the evening. LOVE!

This week, we welcome a staple of LA’s Brazilian event scene for his first time behind the decks at Afro Funke’. Axé!

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Afro Funké
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
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Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world
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Thursday April 26, 2012

guest deejay:
NEWLIFE
(FEx/ Chicago)

He wasn’t born in Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, India or any other foreign land but these places, and many more, were all born into him. His appreciation for global and electronic music has been apparent in his sets ever since he began DJing at the age of 13, and it has lead him on world-wide journeys to gain a deeper understanding behind the cultures from which all of this music originates. As founder and resident of Chicago’s FEx (Foreign Exchange) party, he has gained considerable recognition for his earthquake sounds and having a guaranteed floor filled Saturday night party where the people come out to skank, bollywood, samba, hi-life, break and juke all in one place.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tyson.sanchez
Twitter: twitter.com/VoodooKiller
www.podomatic.com/profile/djnewlife
soundcloud.com/voodoo-killer

resident deejay:
JEREMY SOLE
(KCRW)
www.kcrw.com/jeremysole
www.facebook.com/jeremysolefamily
www.twitter.com/jeremysole
www.soundcloud.com/jeremysole

resident deejay:
GLENN RED
(Afro Funke’, Eclectica)
www.glennred.com
www.soundcloud.com/glennzenn

host/co-creator:
ROCKY DAWUNI
*Current album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” on ITunes!
www.rockydawuni.com
www.rockpaperscissors.biz/go/rocky
www.facebook.com/rockydawuni

afro funke’ booking, photography & production:
CARY SULLIVAN
www.myspace.com/carysullivan
www.facebook.com/afrofunke

++Plus special surprise guests each week!

++Plus drink specials every Thursday!

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Afro Funke’ Thursdays
Zanzibar
1301 5th Street @ Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.2221 / 21+ (EVERYONE must have ID)
9pm – 2am / $7 before 10:30pm; $10 after
(NO CREDIT CARDS FOR COVER !!
Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)

www.zanzibarlive.com
www.myspace.com/afrofunke
www.afrofunke.com

*AFRO FUNKE’ is now on Twitter! Please follow us!!
www.twitter.com/afrofunke

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***UPCOMING***

May 3, 2012

CHRIS BRAZIL
(Festa Fridays, LA)

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**Check out the exclusive Afro Funke’ T-Shirts
@ the club every week. Plus hand made hats, jewelry, belts & more
provided by Big Al Hats, Native Sol, Cola Smith-Adabachi,
Amreen Karmali & other amazing crafts people!!**

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with a little help from our friends:

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“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

John Steinbeck

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