Roots + Soul with DJ Center and Akoya Afrobeat

Whether at the turntables, or in studio behind the boards, DJ Center soul-travels, navigating audiences with a crate of musical goods from around the globe, while echoing a New York state of mind.

Always aiming to break new tunes and celebrate forgotten gems, a Center set is synonymous with the finest of selections whether he is doing Music Supervision for Gucci, recording radio sessions for Giant Step, or keeping NYC parties on their feet until the wee hours.

Live, Center has brought together artists like Talib Kweli, Rob Swift, ?uestlove, Pete Rock, Grandmaster Flash, J.Rawls and Eric Roberson to take crowds higher at his classic sessions.

The year 2010 marked DJ Center's debut as producer, with the critically acclaimed LP, "Everything in Time"- a ride across multiple genres, woven by lush piano chords, warm bass lines, flying tambourines and soaring horns.

The record has been championed by the likes of The Huffington Post, Okayplayer.com, Bobbito, DJ Vadim and Nickodemus and received heavy rotation on KCRW in Los Angeles.

Akoya Afrobeat

Glorious and uplifting, infectious and funky, political and celebratory, hypnotic and profound; Akoya Afrobeat is New York's premiere innovator of afrobeat music in the 21st century. Akoya and its multinational 13 member ensemble actively carry the tradition of Nigerian musical legend/politician Fela Kuti and his Egypt 80 cavalcade. Aside from a rich repertoire of Fela's compositions, Akoya has two albums worth of original works, "Introducing Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble" & "P.D.P. (President Dey Pass)," that feature lead vocalist Kaleta, who for 10 years performed and recorded with the immortal Fela Kuti, and has also toured with Femi Kuti as well as the legendary King Sunny Ade. Akoya's driving, incessant West-African groove coupled with Kaleta's poignant vocals sung in Yoruba, Pidgin-English, and dialects from his native Benin, consistently ignite the dance floor and keep it simmering for hours.

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