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*LAGOS ROOTS* “AfroBeat Ensemble” (+ Ultra Cinco) & DJ K-OS

Saturday, April 16th

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*LAGOS ROOTS* (Afrobeat Ensemble) & *ULTRA CINCO*


LAGOS ROOTS Lagos Roots was founded in 2010 by legendary Nigerian musician Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, OJ Ekemode). The sounds Geoffrey brings to the band originates from the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, Fela Kuti and Africa 70, who Geoffrey got to watch at rehearsals since his sister was a dancer for Fela. At its inception in 2010, Lagos Roots was centered around a core group of musicians whose pedigrees literally defined the afrobeat genre. In addition to band leader, Omadhebo, who began his career in early 1970’s Lagos, Nigeria (singing, playing drums and recording hits with Sonny Okosuns, Wrinkars Experience, One World and OJ Ekemode’s Nigerian Allstars), these original core members included Tutu Shorunmu (guitar, Afrika 70, Segun Bucknor), Christy Agbe (vocals, Afrika 70), Friday Jumbo (congas, Afrika 70, Monomono) and Babatunde Williams (trumpet, Koola Lobitos, Afrika 70, Manu Dibango). Today, Geoffrey plays the role of the main songwriter of Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble. The Lagos Roots ‘Family’ consists of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best musicians who bring an extraordinary assemblage to the stage – combining Omadhebo’s authentic, over-the-top vocal delivery with infectious call-and-response choruses, intricately-locked guitar lines, authentic afro-funk vintage keyboards, massive horn-blasted melodies and backgrounds, and a driving/groove-obsessed trap drum and percussion section. Ultra Cinco ULTRA CINCO is a ‘fazz junk’ quintet from San Francisco, playing tight, original arrangements on bass, drums, guitar, saxophone and trumpet. It’s a combination of funk, soul, afrofunk, groove and jazz, with improvised solos and occasional guest vocalists. Their debut EP ‘Fazz Junk’ was recorded and mixed at MegaSonic Sound in Oakland CA, by sound wizard Jeremy Goody. Cover art courtesy of James ‘Pancakes’ Turner.


$10 adv/$15 door

Featuring

LAGOS ROOTS Afrobeat Ensemble

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Ultra Cinco
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DJ K-OS