Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Akoya Afrobeat Returns to Southpaw this Friday Night w/ Ikebe Shakedown, Superhuman Happiness and DJ Afro-Marc


I'll be on the ones and twos this Friday night at Southpaw when three seriously funky bands hit the stage. Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble is one of the most authentic afrobeat bands in North America. Led by Egypt 80 vet Kaleta, and boasting a 13 head deep lineup of musicians known across the Brooklyn scene, Akoya is the real deal.

They're joined by Ikebe Shakedown who released their first EP in December of 09 to critical acclaim, and have been building a following for their afro-influenced funky jams since. Superhuman Happiness is the solo project of Stuart Bogie, tenor sax player of Antibalas, TV on the Radio, and lead soloist in FELA! on Broadway. His band explores multiple genres and ideas creating a uniquely original sound.

I've seen Akoya rock at Southpaw more times than I can count on one hand, so I can vouch for their ability to make asses shake. I've also seen Ikebe and Superhuman Happiness move crowds, and you can bet I'll be unabashedly dispensing funk all night as well, so don't bother coming, if you're not ready to get down.

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