Manicato & AfroFunk Experience
17 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA, 94930
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
July 2011- Voted Best Latin Song, "Familia" by the People's Choice Independent Music Awards. Thank you to our fans.
March 2011- Nominated for Best Latin Song by the Independent Music Foundation Awards.
Founded in SF's Mission district in 2005 by Israel Matos, Manicato has found a way to combine its social and musical influences into a hard-hitting form of intelligent dance music that feeds both body and mind. The word Manicato, derived from the Native People of Puerto Rico known as The Taino, means a bold and valiant person of a good heart. Playing a mixture of Salsa, Timba, Reggae, and Rock and featuring one of the only father and son vocal sections in the San Francisco, hard hitting horn lines, and a rythm section that will inspire you to dance, Manicato will have you speaking in one of the oldest languages, the universal language of music, feeding your mind, body, and soul.
8 years ago, Bassist Wendell Rand (Afrolicious/Pleasuremaker, Tracorum, Youssoupha Sidibe) along with singer Victor Sila Mutungi, started Sila and the AfroFunk Experience (SAFE) as a World Music ensemble, working in local clubs, but eventually playing many notable festivals like EarthDance and San Francisco's annual Stern Grove Festival. SAFE were also winners of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album: "Black President" in 2009.
After an decision to part with Sila, AFE transformed itself into the Funk music powerhouse that now tours the West Coast of the United States.
Guitarist David James (Spearhead, The Coup) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise drumming of Paul Olipant with Wendell Rand's muscular dance grooves keep the band tight while saxophonist, David Boyce (Broun Fellinis) and trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses classic Wailers, afrobeat and R&B. On top of all this, recent addition Sandy House (Wade Love Band) adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.