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Rocky Dawuni, Buyepongo, Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red, Kahlil Cummings, More For Afro Funke’s 20th Anniversary

KCRW & the iconic Grand Performances are teaming up for an extraordinary night in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Afro Funke’ on Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 6 to 10pm at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles! The event is free, all ages and picnics are welcomed.

Please come out and celebrate the legacy of the once weekly party night that turned global, with live performances from Rocky Dawuni and Buyepongo, plus DJ sets from Afro Funke’ resident DJs Glenn Red, and Jeremy Sole (resident KCRW DJ too!) and live drumming and dancing by the amazing Kahlil Cummings & friends! Join us for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian, Indian, Jamaican and other traditional and remixed world rhythms, plus African drumming and dancing, DJ Culture, arts & crafts, merch and much more!

About Afro Funke’
Afro Funke’ which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2023, was the brainchild of 3x GRAMMY nominated Afro Roots musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, who realized LA’s need for a night dedicated to African music, culture and art and it’s far reaching legacy around the world. Afro Funke’ was a super successful weekly event every Thursday night at Zanzibar in Santa Monica for over 10 years with the generous support of owners Louie & Netty Ryan and then moved on to be periodic event throughout Los Angeles at various larger and smaller scale venues including Levitt Pavilion, Grand Park, Hammer Museum, Fowler Museum, Townhouse in Venice as well as international events.

Dawuni (who is now based back in his native Ghana,) together with producer, talent curator and photographer Cary Sullivan created Afro Funke’, bringing on board resident DJ and co-founder DJ Jeremy Sole (KCRW, Le Frique Sonique) Afro Funke’ has presented international guest DJs, live band performances, guest musicians, dancers, cutting edge films, record release parties, fundraisers, fashion shows, art and photography installations, crafts and more. Sole spins his unique “Musaics,” or sound collage-blends of hip hop, jazz/funk, dub reggae, afro beat, and remixed world beats; pieced together with tribal breaks, and uplifted by dubbed-out turntable manipulation and live instrumentation. DJ Glenn Red (La Junta) is our second resident DJ and is an integral part of the Afro Funke’ Sound SystemAfro Funke’s profile has been greatly enhanced by its unique photo-based flyers which feature Cary Sullivan’s cutting-edge photographs of West African life.

 

 

 

About Rocky Dawuni
Afro Funke’ founder, Rocky Dawuni with his full 12 piece “Afro Roots Band” will headline the night. The three-time GRAMMY nominated musician and activist, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Ozomatli, Sauti Sol, Peter Gabriel and John Legend. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl. Rocky is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa. Through these and other designations he uses his music to shine a light on crucial issues facing humanity cross the globe through live concerts, speaking roles, panels, youth empowerment and much more!
http://www.rockydawuni.com
https://www.instagram.com/rockydawuni

 

About Buyepongo
Hometown favorites, Buyepongo make contemporary pan-Latin music in the style they intriguingly call “buyangú” — an eclectic but cohesive mezcla of global beats and spicy flavors influenced by their California home base as well as the band members’ travels to Central and South America. https://www.instagram.com/buyepongo
https://buyepongo.bandcamp.com/

 

About Jeremy Sole

Jeremy Sole’s upbringing was seeped in the rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Disco, Salsa and Soul – and he reveled in that space where they all blend together. As a teenager, Sole threw loft parties that were a culture clash during the birth of Hip Hop and House music. His obsession grew to include music from every corner of the world and, in 2001, Sole moved to LA. With a broad musical palette, he felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country. In April 2006, Sole was in the studio working with Ms. Lauryn Hill. After hearing him mix, she asked if he had ever considered getting into radio, “…because this is the music the people need to hear”. Months later, KCRW called to ask him that same question, and since then you can hear him Wednesdays from 12-3am on 89.9FM and KCRW.com. https://www.instagram.com/jeremysole/
https://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/jeremy-sole

 

About Glenn Red
Known primarily for his work as half of Santa Monica’s legendary Afro Funké Sound System and one-third of beloved Afro-Latin deejay/producer collective, La Junta, GLENN RED quietly continues to forge a loyal following among fans of eclectic music, steadily rocking crowds in the city’s most respected venues alongside the finest selectors and musicians from around the world. With the honest music of passionate artists as a common thread, his deejay sets weave fluidly through time and across genres, connecting the traditional sounds of Africa and the Americas with their modern expressions around the globe. Afrobeat, Cumbia, Rumba, and Samba rhythms embrace Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Reggae, as Glenn’s rhythmic and multifaceted sound echoes the deep, colorful, and spirited energy of LA and its soulful people. https://glennred.com 
http://www.instagram.com/glennzenn10

 

 

About Kahlil Cummings
Kahlil Cummings, a Los Angeles native, is an acclaimed drummer, exceptional performer, composer, and educator. Kahlil was recognized as a child prodigy very early. He has played with numerous reputable groups including Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, Sona Sané, Abalayé, Mila Samba School, Inu Olorun, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Les Amazones, and Viver Brasil. Kahlil honed his rhythmic gifts with noted teachers including Mestre Amen Santo, Jose Ricardo Sousa, Kobla Ladzekpo, Esteban “Cha Cha” Bacallao (Ibae), and Sandy Perez. His studies in Guinea, Brazil and Cuba have helped to widely broaden his knowledge and musical strength. However, he is most profoundly influenced by West African master drummer Mamady Keita, with whom he has studied since the age of 13. Kahlil is the founder of Extra Ancestral which began in 2017 as an ensemble that aims to educate audiences through the fusions of hypnotic Afrobeat, Reggae, Jazz, Afro-Latin, and traditional African diasporic rhythms, narrated by powerful ancestral dancing. Kahlil also plays and tours with international recording artists Rocky Dawuni, Kamasi Washington & many more. http://www.kahlilcummings.com

 

 

About Cary Sullivan
Cary Sullivan is the co-founder and producer of Afro Funke’. She is a multi-talented photographer, artist manager, event producer, talent curator, promoter, activist and mother who has run the gamut of the culture, music & art landscape from coordinating festivals in Africa to producing progressive radio in Los Angeles. Cary co-owns and operates AQUARIAN Records, which is a record label and production company dedicated to bringing the eclectic culture of Ghana to the world through music, live concerts, photography, philanthropy and wellness; working primarily with GRAMMY Nominated musician and creative activist, Rocky Dawuni as well as a group of amazing up & coming artists. http://www.instagram.com/afrofunke

 

 

About KCRW Summer Nights
KCRW Summer Nights is BACK! We’ve teamed up with some of the best cultural hotspots around Southern California to throw the perfect summertime parties. These nights are FREE, all-ages, outdoors, and will feature your favorite KCRW DJs, bands, exhibits and more. So mark your calendar, dust off your dancing shoes, and spend the season with us! https://www.kcrw.com/summer-nights

About Grand Performances
Grand Performances, the longest running presenter of free outdoor concerts in Los Angeles, is returning this year to the newly renovated California Plaza in DTLA for its 37th season! Grand Performances mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts.

Please JOIN US on Saturday, July 22, 2023
6 to 10pm / FREE / ALL Ages
Parking available on site for a fee
Picnics and families welcome
**Special thanks to Fusicology for all of their support!

Grand Performances
350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-687-2190
http://www.grandperformances.org

 

PLUS we are doing a very special After Party from 10pm to 2am at
The Moroccan Lounge right after the Grand Performances event which is just a few minutes away!! Please come through and let’s continue the Afro Funke’ 20th Anniversary Celebration!!

The Moroccan Lounge
901 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA
213.295.0610
$10 presale and $15 at door

 
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King Promise And DJ Lord OTB Bring Ghanaian Vibes To Gambia In Epic Independence Day Celebration

The vibrant sounds of Ghana boomed through the streets of Gambia as award-winning singer and songwriter King Promise and Ghana’s Best DJ, DJ Lord OTB, headlined an exciting Independence Day celebration. CFG Management and African Boss Entertainment organized the concert, which turned out to be a music-filled spectacle that made an unforgettable impression on Gambian music fans’ hearts.

 

Gambia’s Independence Day celebrations reached new heights as King Promise and DJ Lord OTB teamed up to produce a night of musical delight. The concert, which gathered admirers from all around Gambia, became a celebration of both national pride and a common love of Ghanaian music. As King Promise stepped onto the stage, the warm welcome from patrons was palpable. Gambia’s music enthusiasts sang along passionately, word for word, to every song performed by King Promise, showcasing the universal appeal of his music. Even songs containing Ghanaian dialects were embraced with enthusiasm.

 

CFG Management and African Boss Entertainment succeeded in curating an event that not only celebrated Gambia’s Independence Day but also bridged cultural gaps through the universal language of music. The success of the concert solidifies the growing international appeal of Ghanaian artists.

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Healer To Take Ghanaian Urban Gospel To The Next Level With ‘Don’t Cry’

Ghanaian pastor, Urban Gospel singer and songwriter Pastor Kingsley Nyarko popularly known as Healer has set to released the officially music video to his latest song, ‘Don’t Cry’ yet to released on February 19, 2024.

 

This beautiful masterpiece is a motivational song to listeners all over and was produced by healer himself.

 

 

Healer, together with his team, planned the video to the satisfaction of their listeners and patrons. The video is a clear and colourful one with beautiful scenes.

 

The song “Don’t Cry’ will be accessible on all streaming platforms.

 

 

 

Check it out, and let’s anticipate the music video together with the MP3.

 

Source: Ekow Smith

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Mastering The Music Release Process: A Step-by-Step Guide By Promoter Koolic

Are you an aspiring artiste eager to share your music with the world but unsure where to begin? Releasing a song involves a series of steps, from meticulous preparation to strategic promotion and post-release activities. Let’s delve into each phase to ensure your music launch is a success.
              (Preparation)
Before diving into the release process, it’s crucial to lay a solid foundation.
1. Mix and Master the Audio: Ensure your audio file is of top-notch quality by professionally mixing and mastering it in WAV format.
2. Design Cover Art: Create visually appealing cover art in JPEG or PNG format that captures the essence of your music.
3. Plan Promotional Content: Develop engaging promotional content such as videos and photos to captivate your audience.
4. Copyright Registration: Protect your intellectual property by registering your song with the copyright office.
5. Secure Licenses: Obtain mechanical licenses if your song includes covers and establish songwriting splits if multiple writers are involved.
6. Publishing Registration: Register your song with a publishing administrator or Performing Rights Organization (PRO).
7. Choose a Release Date:Select a strategic release date that aligns with your promotional plans and target audience.
                (Distribution)
Once your music is ready, it’s time to prepare for distribution across various platforms.
1. Mastered Song: Ensure your mastered song is ready for distribution.
2. Cover Art and Metadata: Prepare cover art files and provide essential metadata including lyrics, songwriting credits, and ISRC codes.
3. Release Date Confirmation: Confirm the release date and distribute the necessary materials to digital platforms.
       (Promotion and Planning)
Effective promotion is essential for garnering attention and building anticipation for your release.
1. Task Calendar: Create a detailed calendar outlining promotional activities leading up to the release.
2. Playlist Consideration: Submit your song for consideration on Spotify editorial playlists to increase visibility.
3. Pre-Save and Pre-Order Links: Generate pre-save and pre-order links to encourage fans to save and purchase your music in advance.
4. Smart Links and Landing Pages: Create smart links or landing pages for easy access to your music across platforms.
5. Single Announcement: Craft compelling announcements for social media and other channels to announce the upcoming release.
6. Day of Release Activities: Consider live streaming sessions to engage with your audience and promote the release further.
            (Day Before Release)
Ensure all elements are in place for a seamless launch.
1. Social Media Schedule: Plan and schedule social media content to maintain momentum before the release.
2. Email Newsletter Design:Design and prepare your email newsletter to notify subscribers about the upcoming release.
3. Finalize Smart Links: Double-check smart links and landing pages to ensure they are ready for distribution.
4. Music Video Schedule: Schedule the release of accompanying music videos or visual content.
5. Custom Thumbnails: Design custom thumbnails for your videos to enhance visual appeal.
6. Social Media Ad Clips: Prepare short video clips for social media ads to promote the release effectively.
         (Day of Release Checklist)
Execute your release strategy with precision on the big day.
1. Social Media Promotion: Promote your release across all social media channels with engaging content and visuals.
2. Music Video Upload: Release accompanying music videos on platforms like YouTube and Vevo.
3. Website and Profile Updates:Update your music website and social media profiles to reflect the new release.
4. Lyrics on Streaming Platforms: Ensure that lyrics are available on streaming platforms to enhance listener engagement.
5. Make the Song Public: Make your song available to the public on all streaming platforms as scheduled.
            (Post-Release)
Maintain momentum and capitalize on the release’s success with strategic post-release activities.
1. Email List Resend: Resend release announcements to your email list to reach those who may have missed the initial notification.
2. Continued Social Media Promotion: Continue promoting your music on social media with varied content to sustain interest.
3. Themed Playlist Creation:Curate themed playlists featuring your music to attract new listeners.
4. Playlist Placement: Pitch your music to playlist curators for potential inclusion in curated playlists.
5. Blog Promotion: Reach out to music blogs and online publications to secure coverage and reviews of your music.
6. Next Release Planning:Begin planning for your next release by following the same comprehensive guide to ensure continued success.
By meticulously following these steps, you can navigate the music release process with confidence and maximize the impact of your music on your audience. Remember, each phase is crucial in building anticipation, generating buzz, and ultimately achieving your goals as an artist.
Written By: Promoter Koolic
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Ghanaian Dancers Afronitaaa And Abigail Wow Judges At Britain’s Got Talent Auditions

Ghanaian dance sensations Afronitaaa and Abigail left a big impression on the judges of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) when the duo auditioned in Manchester on Friday, February 9, 2024.

 

Born, Yeboah Danita Akosua Adomaah, the former DWP Academy member, and Abigail of TV3 talented kids reportedly wowed the judges getting four buzzes for their effort.

 

The pair left Accra on February 7 and arrived in the UK the following day, barely 24 hours before their performance.

 

The duo, dressed in all-white hoodies with blue baggy trousers with kente-crafted pockets were posted on BGT’s social media handles on X and Instagram.

 

 

In her first reaction to their success at the first stage, Afronitaa replied to a tweet by former boss, Dance God Lloyd: “GOD DID IT !!! History was made,” she posted hours after their performance.

 

 

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Apostle Eric Deh Drops New Single Dubbed ‘Fakye’

Apostle Eric Deh – Fakye

Ghanaian pastor and singer Apostle Eric Deh is back on the music scene with a new song titled “Fakye”.

Fakye means “forgive” and the song asks for forgiveness from God.

This is a prayer song for every Christian who is seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Apostle Eric Deh is evangelizing through music and hoping to get more people closer to God as they enjoy this song.

Kindly stream the song on all digital platforms and share it with family and friends.

Source: Wyse

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Black Action Gang Releases New Hot Single Zongo Featuring Mrr Couston

Ghanaian music group Black Action Gang also known as BAG is back with another jam dubbed “Zongo”.

Zongo is a fast tempo party song which is not the usually Black Action Gang style of song since they are known for hip hop.

The song features Mrr Couston and was produced by Xboifren Onit.

 

Stream, download and have fun with it.

 

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King Promise, Camidoh Billed To Perform At 2024 MOBO Awards In Sheffield

Ghanaian music stars Camidoh and King Promise will perform at the 2024 MOBO Awards scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, in Sheffield, UK.

 

Organizers revealed the stellar lineup of performers for the awards ceremony on Monday, February 5, via their X handle.

 

 

 

King Promise, known for hit songs like “Terminator“, “CCTV” and “Slow Down“, is steadily building an international fanbase with his smooth R&B sound.

 

Camidoh broke out to the international scene following the massive success of his smash single “Sugarcane” and remix featuring King Promise, Darkoo and Mayorkun.

Both Ghanaian artists will now get a platform to showcase their talents to a global audience watching the MOBO Awards broadcast live on YouTube at exactly 7 pm.

 

The 26th MOBO Awards taking place at the Utilita Arena will be hosted by Comedian Babatunde Aleshe and Love Island’s Indiyah.

Other performers include DJ Spoony, Byron Messia and Soul II Soul.

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Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale Battle For “Best African Dancehall Entertainer” Title At 41st IRAWMA Awards

Nominees for the 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Reggae and World Music’s biggest night of honour have been released.

 

With a total of 150 nominees in 39 categories named, Masicka, Sean Paul & Teejay, with 7 nods; Byron Messia, Burna Boy and PopCaan 5 nods; Dexta Daps, Spice and Valiant 4 nods; Beenie Man, Chronic Law, Koffee, D’Angel, Mavado, Davido, 450 & Pablo YG 3 nods lead the list of nominees for the 41st Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

 

Notable among the categories is the Best African Dancehall Entertainer where Ghanaian heavyweights Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale go at each other for the enviable crown.

 

The two will battle other heavyweights including Patoranking (Nigeria), Redsan – (Kenya), Star Zee (Sierra Leone) and Winky D. (Zimbabwe/South Africa).

 

Other Ghanaian nominees include DJ Switch, who was nominated in the Best Teen Entertainer (13-19 yrs. old) category.

Uptek Dance Academy also secured a nomination in the Most Outstanding Dance Group category.

To check the full list of nominees and vote for your favourite in the 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), click HERE.

 

The event will be held on Thursday, January 25th at the Chateau Mar Golf Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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King Paluta Targets New Artist Of The Year Award At 2024 Ghana Music Awards

Fast-rising musician King Paluta has set sights on winning the New Artiste of the Year accolade at the 25th edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

 

The “Sika Aba Fie” hitmaker announced on his Instagram page that he had filed for six nominations after the portal was opened by the organisers, Charterhouse earlier this week.

 

The nominations filled by King Paluta include New Artiste of the Year, Hiplife/ Hiphop Artiste of the Year, Best Hiplife Song, Best Collaboration, and Most Popular Song of the Year.

 

“I had my breakthrough last year, 2023 and God did his magic. I just submitted my work for consideration at this year’s Ghana Music Awards.

 

“My people, thank you for coming on this journey with me; let’s win together,” King Paluta wrote on Instagram.

 

King Paluta has been one of the biggest breakout stars in the year of review, churning out some timeless hit tunes.

 

Some of the hit singles released by the Kumasi-based rapper include “Yahitte,” “Sika Aba Fie,” and “Aha Akye.”

 

He has racked up over 10 million streams across various digital platforms and has a massive following on social media.

 

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Bisa Kdei Takes Ghanaian Music To New Heights With Private Jet Performances

Multiple award winning musician Bisa Kdei, is making a very huge impact not only in the music industry but also in the realm of luxury travel.

In a surprising turn of events, Bisa Kdei has been frequently spotted aboard private jets, elevating his status currently as the only Ghanaian musician known for such opulent travels.

Videos started circulating on social media showing Bisa Kdei’s jet-setting lifestyle when he was seen cruising in private jets across the United States.

The height of Bisa Kdei’s Private Jet journey lifted when he was booked to perform in Equatorial Guinea last weekend. Instead of going for the customary commercial flight, the artist chose to take his entire live band, including Grammy award-winning Joshua, on a private jet to perform

This move not only solidifies Bisa Kdei’s reputation as a trendsetter but also flying his entire live band on a private jet is a huge testament to his dedication to providing a unique and unforgettable experience for his fans and music lovers.

Also, the decision to travel by private jet speaks really well about Bisa K’deis success, global reputation and recognition since private jets are often associated with luxury and exclusivity, reserved for the elite few.

While some may view the “Mansa” hitmaker’s love for private jets as an extra cost, many might see it as a commercial move to enhance his brand and elevate the perception of Ghanaian musicians on the international stage.

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