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:
LA County Arts Commission
EnClave Los Angeles
Culture Gap LA
LA JUNTA returns on SUNDAY JUNE 26th with our fourth summer series! We’ll be back at FRONTERAS MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA, but for only four events instead of the eight that we’ve done each of our last two summers there. Instead, we’re working on producing events on a bigger and better scale! It’s 2016 and the time is now to keep reaching upward and soaring! Here’s the splash flier I created that we debuted on our social media channels today to let everyone know that we’re back soon and we’re looking forward to a fun and colorful summer!
Thursday, April 7th, marks the beginning of AFRO FUNKÉ’s third ‘post-weekly’ year, meaning that we’ve continued to host our event beyond its incarnation as a legendary Thursday evening fixture on the west side of Los Angeles. Since stepping back and ending that 10-year long tenure in late 2013, we’ve given ourselves room to breathe, to reimagine, and to grow. In 2014 and 2015, we were able to throw a handful of very well-attended one-off/’pop-up’ events in parts of the city beyond our original Santa Monica locale, and this year looks to be even brighter! Please come out and reunite with Jeremy, Cary, Rocky and me this week at our beloved and true home, ZANZIBAR! We’ll have some live dance performances and drumming, as well as live painting on the stage. Say YEAH YEAH!
This is the flier that I designed, to which Jeremy lent his golden touch before letting it fly. We’re a pretty good team behind the turntables too 😉
Summer is just around the corner, especially here in Los Angeles, where the sunshine and warm temps don’t always know what time of year it is and show up earlier (or linger longer) than anyone anticipates. So the LA JUNTA crew are already getting things prepared for Season 4!! We’re scouting locations for a move into Downtown Los Angeles and thinking about booking talent, as well as getting our promo game ready. Gotta keep making moves and stepping forward and up! I turned in the design for our new business cards a few weeks ago. I had to add in a couple of birds…just had to. Can’t wait to get them printed in everyone’s hands!
My flier submission to Boom Yard Los Angeles was just approved! As I was given a few more days’ time on this new version, I was able to create a new logo for them. As these events continue and their identity begins to take form, it becomes much easier to design in a manner that satisfies both the client and my own sensibilities. It’s been a bit of a struggle making this happen with Boom Yard, but we continually work together to approach the right aesthetic that fits the client at this moment in their evolution.
I also tried out a technique that I’d previously only imagined would work. To make the images of the dancers pop off the surface, I duplicated the original photo. On the upper layer, I first erased around the two ladies, leaving only them. I then blurred the original photo on the bottom. This shows that there was indeed a crowd at the event, hides the background persons’ less active forms, and also makes the ladies stand out. Glad it worked as I thought it would! Be sure to check out Boom Yard on SUNDAY APRIL 10 at DELICIOUS PIZZA in Los Angeles.
Nope. Sorry, fellow baseball fans, the post title doesn’t stand for American League Division Series. That happened back in October. Rather, it’s the acronym for “Afro. Latin. Deep. Soulful.” Kinda like the pillars of good house music. I submitted my latest flier designs for the next CULTURE house music event yesterday. The monthly event is brought to you by UNIVERSAL RHYTHM PRODUCTIONS, SAMBANISMO RECORDS and MODERN SOUL RADIO. I’m looking forward to hittin’ the dance floor once again at this amazing new event. Much respect to TAMARA from Universal Rhythm and resident deejays G and DAVID MONTOYA! For their March outing, they’re bringing on Bell Master Drum Healer DIDA UDENGWU outta Leimert Park to jam live on percussion alongside the deejays. I can’t wait!
On Saturday January 30th, the La Junta Sound System were invited to play records out in the courtyard of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) on Los Angeles’ Museum Row/Miracle Mile/Wilshire District. Though Yukicito was missing in action due to his extensive preparations for upcoming samba performances in Brazil, I was with the ‘mano DEGRUVME from 11am-5pm mixing everything from soul jazz to future soul, cumbia to samba, disco to nu-disco, highlife to afrobeat, Stevie to Marvin to Michael, and more! We received some great feedback and–dare I say!–compliments from the CAFAM staff as well as museumgoers. We also were asked for quite a few La Junta business cards, while Degruvme even sent some lucky guests on their ways with a free copy of his brand new ECHOES OF A DREAM EP. Below are just a few shots I snapped as we were setting up shop for the day. Much love to CAFAM’s SASHA ALI (aka MISS MODULAR RADIO) for the invitation, plus sincere personal thanks to some friends that came through to peep the exhibitions and hang for bit: M’DAYA& SHAWN, SHEILA G, DARRELL & (MEESH)ELLE, TAMARA, and ROBERTO.
Above: La Junta Sound System’s ‘degruvme’ welcoming early museumgoers out on the courtyard at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM).
Above: degruvme shining behind the turntables.
Above: Just a few of the records I brought along for the day’s musical journey around the world (front-to-back): AZTECA “Pyramid of the Moon”(Oakland Latin funk/rock); DEXTER STORY “Wondem” (Ethiopian-inspired L.A. soul); OS BATUQUEIROS “Deus Tem Mais Pra Dar” (pagode-style samba).