I’m super excited to have been asked to play records at this second coming of the EXTRA ANCESTRAL show, hosted by LA’s young percussion master, Kahlil Cummings and his CAPOFRESH brand. The evening features Kahlil’s new CAPOFRESH ENSEMBLE project, a ‘supergroup’ made up of some of his favorite local players, as well as BLOCO OBINI, the all-female bloco afro he both leads and instructs. As an extra treat, all the way from Australia, Mr. Quetzal Guerrero aka QVLN, joins the festivities as the evening’s special guest performer! Dance performances by Daunte Fyall, Jahanna Blunt, Rachel Hernandez and Rosangela Silvestre round out the evening but who knows, there are probably more surprises in store!
Check the Facebook Event Page for all the info, and see Farah Sosa’s photographs from the very first show back in February. This night will be just as amazing!
Can’t wait to get behind the turntables for my first time mixing at the Teragram Ballroom! Check out this upcoming show on Saturday May 26th. I go back quite a ways with the leaders of both bands, as Rocky is one of the founders of LA’s Afro Funké event for which I serve as one of the resident deejays, while Afrolicious frontman Joe McGuire was one of the creators and resident deejays of the party bearing the same name as his band, which was a staple of San Francisco’s weekly music scene for seven years. Afro Funké and Afrolicious were definitely contemporaries and became close kin in our respective missions to showcase deep pan-African music on the west coast, with both events happening simultaneously every Thursday evening. I’m thrilled at any chance I have to play my favorite African tunes!
$16 Advance Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
$18 At The Door
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P.S. I also put together this flier 😉
Huge thanks to all who were part of last Thursday’s AFRO FUNKÉ 2018 Springtime Celebration, performers and eventgoers alike! What a beautiful night!! Special thanks to the homie Eric Parsons aka DJ Elixir who came down from Ojai to deejay the upstairs Townhouse lounge in Venice CA, not just because he put down a solid set behind the turntables and mixer, but he’s also a top notch photographer who shot the great pix in the gallery below. Check out a few of the random photos he took downstairs and outside while he wasn’t droppin’ the jams upstairs. Unfortunately, he had to miss most of Nickodemus’ set since they were slotted to play the same hours, but Nico managed to slip into one pic during the end-of-night sidewalk talk 🙂 Enjoy, and stay tuned for the announcement of the next Afro Funké getdown!
Thursday March 29 marks AFRO FUNKÉ’s first event of 2018, certain to be a colossal one as Brooklyn’s NICKODEMUS–Wonderwheel Recordings chief and creator of the legendary NYC to worldwide ‘Turntables on the Hudson’ events–makes his return to our deejay booth!! Longtime fans of Afro Funké will remember that Nickodemus was part of two of the most memorable nights on our dance floor at the old Zanzibar venue, especially as headliner of 2011’s 8-Year Anniversary celebration. His fluency in a broad spectrum of genres and his rhythmic, uptempo repertoire of beats and melodies from all over the world have made him one of the most sought-after and well traveled deejays since the 90s. I’m completely honored to serve as the opening deejay for both Nickodemus and my longtime AF partner in sublime, JEREMY SOLE on what will be an incredible night of music, dance and togetherness.
The main deets are on the flier above (which I happily collaborated on with J.Sole–or perhaps I should say–that he completely rocked up a few levels!), but here is the complete lineup of performers on both floors:
JEREMY SOLE, turntables
GLENN RED, turntables
DJ JAHNEKO, turntables–upstairs lounge
DJ ELIXIR, turntables–upstairs lounge
KAHLIL CUMMINGS, live percussion
JAHANNA BLUNT, featured dancer
DAUNTE FYALL, featured dancer
NATIVE SOL, featured vendor
ROCKY DAWUNI, host
CARY SULLIVAN, producer
Make plans to be there, lace up your boogie shoes, and as always…wear attire to perspire!
9PM – 2AM
TOWNHOUSE & DEL MONTE SPEAKEASY
52 Windward Circle
Check out our Facebook Event Page. See you there!