Dear Friends: You are invited to come enjoy our gala annual tribute to the
community this Saturday night, with 3 great bands, a drum circle, and DJ
Kalil. Don't miss the traditional welcoming libation ceremony! Bring an
instrument and your dancing shoes!
(And thank you for helping to spreading the word!)
Peace & Love to You,
Baba Ken Okulolo
ALL IN ONE EVENING!
The 7th Annual "Musical Night in Africa"
BABA KEN & KOTOJA
WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND
BABA KEN & AFRO-GROOVE CONNEXION
DRUM CIRCLE led by POPE FLYNE
TRADITIONAL LIBATION CEREMONY
DECEMBER 16, 8:00 P.M.
live at ASHKENAZ in Berkeley
Baba Ken & KOTOJA
West African Highlife Band
(Reviving Classic Dance Hits)
Baba Ken & Afro-Groove ConneXion
(NEW Improvisations for Deep-Heart Dancing)
Drum Circle with Master Drummer Pope Flyne
(Bring Your Favorite Instrument!)
Traditional Welcoming Libation Ceremony
(African dance grooves from the creator of ethnomusic.podomatic.com)
ASHKENAZ MUSIC & DANCE COMUNITY CENTER
1317 San Pablo Avenue at Gilman
In what has become a much-anticipated Ashkenaz tradition, December 16 brings
the 7th Annual Musical Night in Africa, a musical tour of West Africa from
teeming cities to remote villages, produced each year by Baba Ken Okulolo.
The events showcases three splendid African bands, including Baba Ken's
latest project, the Afro-Groove ConneXion; the West African Highlife Band; and
Baba Ken & KOTOJA. Baba Ken's theme is, "Playing music and dancing together
rejuvenates our hearts and energizes our continuing quest for world peace and
The evening begins at 8:00 p.m. with a rich set of dance African dance
grooves from DJ KALIL, an Oakland native with a UCLA degree in ethnomusicology and
the creator of _www.ethnomusic.podomatic.com_
, which houses a vast collection of rare musical gems.
At 9:00 Baba Ken leads a traditional African libation ceremony of welcome to
all, invoking the good spirits who are invited to join us.
Bring your favorite percussion instrument for the Village Drum Circle led by
Ghanaian Master Drummer Pope Flyne.
Baba Ken & Afro-Groove ConneXion, a brand-new, groove-oriented
improvisational outfit, recently electrified the dance floor at the Fillmore when they
opened for the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars. Growing out of free-style studio
work-outs with some restless, driving young musicians, the tight quintet
includes Baba Ken, Soji Odukogbe, Gabe Turow, Chris Cox, and Rasaki Aladokun.
The West African Highlife Band, features master musicians from the bands of
Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Hugh Masekela, reviving the infectious
classic highlife dance hits of Ghana and Nigeria.
The largest and oldest of the night's bands, the international group Babá
Ken & KOTOJA, plays funky Afro-beat, juju-jazzy, big-band sounds for dancing
into the wee hours. The Bay Area's leader in the world beat scene, with
several national releases and international tours to their credit, KOTOJA marks
its 20th anniversary this year.
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Ashkenaz is a non-profit, tax-exempt arts organization
supported by generous donors, patrons, artists, and staff.
Ashkenaz is actively seeking funding and volunteer board members.
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