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
Support live music!
P.S. I also put together this flier 😉
I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the release date for my first remix since 2016 falls on this coming Friday, February 9th! It’s a re-envisioning of the tune “Sou” by Burkina Faso’s WÜIWA, whose traditional kora and balafon sound we decided to freak disco style with a bumpin’ bass line, funky wahwah guitars and synth lines that would put a smile on the faces of our favorite 80s new wave bands. The project was done in collaboration with my partner from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, David Cardena aka ‘degruvme’ (think Deee-Lite for those who know), and involved me traveling about 30 minutes or so each way, a few evenings a week for about a month to work out of his Pasadena home studio, so that we both had equal opportunity for creative input. Big props to degruvme, as he sat in the chair and behind the actual computer keyboard for most of the production process…well, because he’s much quicker on a computer than I am (he’s an IT manager by day). I sat right at his side for all of it though, even during the car mixdown tests. AND I did the cover art above 😉
Extra thanks to our brother, Joe McGuire, of Pan-Californian Afro-disco-funk outfit Afrolicious for composing and recording the guitar and bass tracks during a fun two-hour session in his Santa Monica, CA studio. Plus, once again, we called on our friend Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet to polish the project with a final mixdown and mastering session.
Most of all, our gratitude goes to Seb Krimi of RADIO KRIMI and RADIO KRIMI RECORDS based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France for inviting us to work on this project and releasing it on his amazing label. Please check out the tune, consider purchasing it and spreading the word…we’re grateful for everyone’s kindness!
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CASA DE BAMBA LA is back and we’re closing out the year with a holiday edition of dance rhythms from Brasil and beyond!
featuring live music by:
Delta Nove (world funk, Long Beach)
Bloco Obini (womxn’s afro bloco, LA)
–directed by Kahlil Cummings
fantastic dance performances by:
Gisella Samba (samba dancer, LA)
Loftoeira feat. Scotty and Fumi Katano (house/capoeira fusion)
and funky Afro-diasporic turntable selections by:
Glenn Red (Afro Funké, La Junta)
+ opening set by Bobby Easton!
Native Sol will be once again be on hand selling their eclectic mix of handmade, earth-friendly goods for your last-minute holiday gift-giving. Don’t miss this Casa de Bamba for the holiday session!
FREE w/RSVP (very limited quantity!) via EVENTBRITE:
Or support live music by purchasing tickets at the door:
$5 before 10pm
CASA DE BAMBA
THURSDAY DECEMBER 21, 2017
@ Club Los Globos
3040 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90026
Even though we announced that LA JUNTA will be celebrating the 2018 New Year’s Eve by hosting our PIÑA event on Sunday December 31st, the upcoming second Friday of the month falls during this week on DECEMBER 8, meaning it’s our regular PIÑA party! Above is he flier that I created for it last night. When I sent it out to them this morning, the team immediately alerted me that I had made a couple of mistakes on the date. AND I realized that I hadn’t added the signature pineapple in the background. Anyway I love how it turned out! The pink, chocolate, black and bamboo green tones look great together.
Pictured on the flier is the Vietnamese pop group “3 Trái Táo” (The Apples 3, circa 1975).
If you’re anywhere near DTLA this Friday night, definitely stop by El Dorado DTLA! 9pm / Free.
PIÑA @ EL DORADO BAR DTLA
416 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
On Facebook: El Dorado DTLA
See you there!