Berkeley,CA:What Does "Kotoja" really mean?
- What is Afrobeat music about? Is it "political?" Angry? Just for fun?
In Africa, music expresses and heals the feelings of the people.
Rhythm, dance, and melody bring us together. Songs can be lyrical, funny, angry,
and ironic. Selfishness and vanity are condemned, while wisdom, beauty, and
sharing are praised. Ancestors and deities are invoked and thanked for their
We grew up playing Afrobeat and highlife music, with Fela and many other
great African artists. We are reverent and respectful of the past masters.
We care deeply about nurturing and sustaining traditions, while we put our
own creativity and joy into our music.
Put simply, the name of our band, "KOTOJA," means, in the Yoruba
language of Nigeria, "Let's not fight." It expresses the truth that all our fates
are tied together as one. Through our music, we ignite the energy to continue
the struggle for peace and harmony in the world.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!
Peace and Love to You,
Babá Ken & KOTOJA
Saturday, October 21
Dance to Afrobeat with
Babá Ken & KOTOJA
Live at Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo at Gilman in Berkeley
510-525-5054 _www.Ashkenaz.com_ (http://www.Ashkenaz.com)
Doors 8:30 pm; African dance lesson with Comfort Mensah at 9:00 pm; show
$15 general/$13 students
From the Ashkenaz calendar: "The Bay Area's leader in the World Beat and
Afrobeat scene, Kotoja was created by Nigerian singer-bassist Babá Ken Okulolo
and features bandmembers from West Africa and America playing a bubbling
brew of African highlife, juju, jazz and world dance rhythms with driving
guitars, riffing horns and persuasive percussion. New York clothier Dan Storper was
so moved by a Kotoja concert in Golden Gate Park a decade back that he
started the popular Putumayo record company, whose many releases feature positive,
uplifting music from around the world in the spirit of Kotoja. "We see the
world as one family," Okulolo says of Kotoja's style. "Our music expresses
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