Outside Soul, Rhythmicity
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh's music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
The group's leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted as musical director of the University Orchestra in Togo.
Elikeh recently released a new album Between 2 Worlds featuring the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur. In recent months, Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, John Kadlecik of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra.
Outside SOUL started out when bassist/vocalist Matt Grady and drummer
Barrett Certoma began jamming out on old school funk grooves together
way back in '09. After a few attempts at trying to get together a
solid group; they met up with saxophonist Devin Rauson and reconnected
with keyboard player; Andrew Orellana. The four young musicians took
their raw, funky sound to anyplace in Raleigh that would allow them
and began to create a small but incredibly diverse following of
different folks from all walks of life that couldn't resist the urge
to move and groove with this new music. Pretty soon the guys in O.S.
had picked up guitarist/vocalist Chris Macon who added a soulful
"layedbackedness" to the unique style cookin' up right here in the
Now the band has a solid repertoire of funky originals that are a hit
everywhere they go and some unique "remixes" of some classic funk/jazz
tunes. They've just recently brought on a new keyboard player, Nate
Myers, who brings his melodic, energetic vibe to the group. Outside
Soul has shared the stage with some of the area's best bands and has
played at just about every type of venue you can possibly imagine. We
look forward to finishing our album and continuing to 'do our thing'
in new cities with new people who love to have a good time. After all,
ain't that what it's all about?
Rhythmicity is a performance ensemble that draws from the vibrant and dynamic rhythms of West Africa to connect and engage diverse audiences.