SILA + LAGOS ROOTS AFROBEAT + BABY & THE LUVIES + DJ SANTERO TO ROCK THE CHAPEL FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH 2018! BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!
PERFORMING IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER
DJ SANTERO starting at 8pm and between sets
BABY & THE LUVIES
LAGOS ROOTS closing out the night!
SEE YOU THERE!!!
Hailed as “Africa’s James Brown,” Sila has made an immediate and lasting impact on the music world. As a 2010 NAACP Award winner for his last record, Sila has delved deep into his soul, taking cues from his musical idols Fela and Bob Marley to create a fiery record that resounds with inspiration and positivity while speaking to issues of adversity and struggle. SuperAfrican boasts rhythms and a groove that is so uniquely Sila that it will no doubt have you dancing through each and every listen.
The Kenyan-born artist, who has lived in San Francisco for the last decade, harked back to his childhood in a rural village near Nairobi for inspiration while making the album. The result is a twelve-track offering that shimmers, pulses and throbs with earnest and heartfelt expressions of American pop, R&B, soul, and funk, filtered through an Afropop prism. SuperAfrican features all live instrumentation and showcases the contributions of world-class Bay Area musicians, including members of Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sting, and Jazz Mafia, among others.
With SuperAfrican, Sila has made an album suitable for making love, wrestling lions, or enjoying a night out. It’s the latest step in a journey that has taken him from Africa to the United States to Europe, and back again while allowing him to share his own story with the world.
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!
BABY AND THE LUVIES
Baby and the Luvies
Formed in 2011, San Francisco-based Baby & The Luvies is an original high-energy soul-inspired dance band. The 10-piece group has been blowing the minds of bay-area club goers with their energetic dance-friendly stage shows driven by strong female vocals and high-impact horn arrangements that Death and Taxes Magazine says, “smacks of an early Ike and Tina.” Baby & The Luvies has performed sold-out shows throughout the Bay Area supporting national touring acts including Fantastic Negrito, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Peach Kings, Con Brio, Beat Mosaic, Gene Washington and the Ironsides, Hotel Eden and Matt Jaffe &The Distractions. An all-original group echoing the sounds of retro good times.
«Any tune that has a title like “Beginner Scorpion” and the word “germicidal” in the lyrics separates Baby & the Luvies from the pack of “woke up this morning” soul groups, making them fun and charmingly offbeat.»- Marin Independent Journal — Paul Liberatore Bay Area Rock Critic
Long before Santero got into the groove of the spirits, he learned the power of the big beat. As a kid in small-town Guatemala, he had his first brush with sonidero DJs, homemade mobile sound systems mounted on flatbed trucks that were the heart of every village festival, along with hand-cranked carousels and hard partying. «They changed my life. They saved my life,” Santero recalls. “They showed me there was something other than military service or going to the U.S. to clean people’s toilets. Me, just a street kid, I could aspire to something without an education, without resources. When you are a six or seven year old kid and you hear James Brown or Bob Marley pumping out of speakers, you have no idea what they are saying, but they change you forever.”
An incredibly independent teenager, Santero spent more time DJing late at night for local radio and playing gigs with impromptu punk, funk, and reggae groups than in school. During his years in racially fraught New Orleans, he helped put out a paper called The Red Army and basically “refused to keep my mouth shut,” even when his views condemning segregation and David Duke-style politics got him on the KKK’s black list. When one of many neo-Nazi attacks destroyed his home, a VW minibus, and his record collection, he hopped a Greyhound, and eventually made a new start in Oakland, with a new vision for his music.
“My ideal goal is to expose people to the Lukumí tradition in a non-judgmental way. Especially young Latinos. The traditional isn’t as strong and I just want to make sure there is a whole new generation exposed to it. I was exposed through traditional dance. But there’s never really been something that speaks to my generation with the kind of music they love, the big urban beats,” Santero says.
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