It's almost impossible to overstate the impact and importance of Fela Kuti to the global musical village: producer, arranger, musician, political radical, outlaw. He was all that, as well as showman par excellence, inventor of Afro-beat, and a moody megalomaniac. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced.
AFRO SPOT is a series celebrating the life and music of Fela Kuti. The first series takes place on Friday, April 13th at Cafe Du Nord featuring Baba Ken and Afro-groove ConneXion which features former members of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade's Band.
Picture the sound of military brass bands, voodoo ritual chants and rhythms, scratchy American jazz records, with a dash of Felas Afrobeat, and you can almost hear Baba Ken and the Afrogroove Connexion. Every performance is a celebration of life.
A winning combination...an intoxicating brew...a wild hybrid of styles from highlife to juju to soca and reggae"
"A vital pop experiment where consistently hard rhythms hide fangs beneath a sunny sheen"
"It's fantastic music...i just love it'
"The rhythm is solid and the music genuinely uplifting"
"Lilting vocals, soulful horns, churning percussion--and okulolo's supple bass lines, firmly holding it all together. Great grooves!"
--Bass Player Magazine
DJ JEREMIAH AND THE AFROBEAT NATION
It's never too late to change the world. DJ Jeremiahs and the Afrobeat Nation will celebrate and pay homage to the legacy of James Brown and Fela kuti who fought for justice and peace for the common people. Bring your dancing shoes and good vibes as Dj Jeremiah will be spinning James Brown and Fela's funkiest recording accompanied by a group of seasoned, hard-hitting, musicians. One love, one heart, let's get together and feel alright.
Who: Baba Ken and Afro-groove Connexion, Plus Dj Jeremiah and the Afrofbeat NAtion,and DJ Emmanuel Nado
When: Friday, April 13th, 9:00 PM
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tickets: $15 Available at door or at tickweb.com
Event submitted by Eventful.com on behalf of afrofunk.
Added by afrofunk on April 4, 2007