Fela Kuti birthday Felabration! with Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble
Danjuma & Onola, Jaara Dance Project, Bahiya Movement Dance Project, DJ Riddm (Iyah Level)
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble
Fronted by Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, One World), this 15-piece afrobeat orchestra brings it back, straight to 1970’s West Africa. LAGOS ROOTS presents a version of unfiltered, deeply-grooved Nigerian/ WestCoast Afrobeat that follows a direct path to the beginnings of the genre. The band's performances feature a healthy blend of Fela Kuti & Africa 70 classic repertoire with Omadhebo's own politically charged compositions, and in classical afrobeat fashion, the music speaks for itself, offering audiences a sharp reminder of the ability of live music to capture a political and historical message and spin it back to the public in a contemporary and provocatively musical way.
Based in Oakland, California, LAGOS ROOTS has emerged from a long held dream to put together a band of original master musicians with members of a new generation of afrobeat musicians. In addition to Omadhebo (first a drummer, now a vocalist), who began his career in the early 1970's playing drums and recording hits with the bands One World, Sonny Okosuns, Wrinkars Experience and The Nigerian Allstars, LAGOS ROOTS often features other stars of Nigeria's top afro-beat, afro-funk/rock and world-beat bands who now reside in the Bay Area. This famous LAGOS ROOTS cast of musicians includes: Tutu Shorunmu (guitar, Africa 70), Christy Agbe (vocals, Africa 70), Candido Obajimi (percussion, Monomono), Sikiru Adepoju (Mickey Hart, Babatunde Olatunji), Friday Jumbo (congas, Africa 70, Monomono) and Babatunde Williams (trumpet, Africa 70, Manu Dibango). Rounding out the band's section members are a supremely solid group of younger Bay Area musicians, whose talents are often lent to a host of other Bay Area bands, including ChaChing!, Guy Fox, Bulk, Midnight Raid, Mad Noise, Damon & the Heathens, Caught in Motion, Afromassive, The Grease Traps, and the Funk Revival Orchestra.
Representing an important step in the evolution of the style of Nigerian afrobeat once imagined by Fela Kuti & Africa 70, the LAGOS ROOTS AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE brings an extraordinary vision to the stage, complete with horns blasting melodies and backgrounds, driving bass lines and characteristic guitar interplay, authentic vintage keyboards, and a full drum and percussion section that is always grooving. Prepare to dial in on the dance floor and sweat to the beat of the Kalakuta Republic, live with LAGOS ROOTS!
Danjuma & Onola
Danjuma Adamu, founder and musical director of DANJUMA & ONOLA, was born into a family tradition of music in the city of Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa). Danjuma has played and recorded with King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti Anikulapo, Babatunde Olatunji, Hugh Masakela, ZuluSpear. In 1983 he helped to cast the band O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian all Stars with whom he recorded and toured North America. In 1986 he co-founded two popular Bay Area Afro-Beat bands, Kotoja Ntu Shamala. With Onola, Danjuma is still interested in pursuing African styles of music, shaped and informed by other musical influences. Years ago, in Nigeria, he lived for a time in the home of Fela, a major international star, and, since Fela's death 12 years ago, Danjuma said he feels the need to carry on by spreading HighLife,Afro-beat,Sucus styles of African Music to the widest possible audience and to be part of those Music styles evolution, with the help of italian Vocalist/Songwriter/drummer/Percussionist Renato Annicchiarico > https://www.facebook.com/enahenamusic,
with a very modern sound, supported by his international band with members from 4 Continents .
DANJUMA is a " Putumayo " Recording Artist from Lagos Nigeria, The band " ONOLA " is an International band based in Santa Cruz CA, with members from Nigeria, Italy, Senegal, Camerun, Israel & Los Angeles CA.
Jaara Dance Project
Jaara Dance is San Francisco's Contemporary African Dance Ensemble.
Bahiya Movement Dance Project
Bahiya Movement was founded in order to cross and break all barrier lines regarding body image and self-esteem through the art of dance. The goal is to show and clearly display that it's not about your body size or type that defines you as a dancer, but rather the skill, technical training, creativity and love of the art of dance that does.