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 😉
Pictured: Afro Funké host and international reggae star ROCKY DAWUNI (Ghana)
LA WEEKLY gave the upcoming AFRO FUNKÉ event a little (but much appreciated!) love in this morning’s online music posts. Take a minute to check out the gracious blurb by Lina Lecaro.
And if you think you might make it, here’s the Facebook Event Page for DECEMBER 3rd’s AFRO FUNKÉ getdown. We would love to be with you on this special night!
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)
Thursday night, AFRO FUNKÉ LIVE is proud to present Argentina’s dancehall & reggae star…
Alika gained recognition as a fiercely conscious voice emanating from Latin America, writing direct lyrics of respect, dignity and selfconfidence, while also recounting common issues found in many of the third world “barrios” of Latin America.
Her charisma and presence on stage have allowed her to take her show to festivals, theaters, clubs, schools, hospitals and even prisions in different cities arround the world—including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States of America. France, Spain and Andorra.—marking a truly amazing career for someone who to this day remains an independent artist.
Alika has five studio albums to date and is credited with having created some of the biggest reggae anthems in the latin reggae world. Tunes such as Ejercito Despierta on the World A Music/Jamrock Riddim (with several million Youtube views) have helped establish Alika as an international Reggae star and have helped place latin Reggae on the worldwide map. A further attestant to this is Alika’s 5th album, which was a collaborative effort with world-reknown dub producer Mad Professor. The 2009 album, entitled ¨Mad Professor meets Alika¨, was entirely produced by the genius of dub himself.
In September of 2007 Alika launched her own exclusive clothing line-Alika Tresde -which has received great accolades. The line is available in Argentina through the widely successful retail outfit Isabel la Catolica, with stores located throughout the country. In August of 2009 Alika also introduced her own signature model of sunglasses developed by world acclaimed manufacturers VULK, currently available in Argentina and Mexico.
Facebook event invite