Includes African dance lesson at 9 pm.
The Afro-Groove ConneXion is the latest project from Babá Ken Okulolo, the great Nigerian bassist and singer known for leading such popular bands as Kotoja, the folk-roots Nigerian Brothers, and the West African Highlife Band. AGX updates and expands to a world view the musical and cultural ideas that Okulolo began to develop as far back as the early 1970s in Nigeria with Joni Haastrup and their groundbreaking band Monomono. This may be his deepest, tightest band yet. Featuring a lineup of top Nigerian and American musicians, the colorful ensemble spices up its musical blend with jazz, funk, highlife, and juju.
With Okulolo on lead vocals and bass, Afro-Groove ConneXion is drummer Jerome Leonard, talking drum and conga player Rasaki Aladokun (formerly with King Sunny Ade), guitarists Patrick Owens and Ron van Leeuwaarde, keyboardist Jennifer Jolly, and the horn section of trumpeters Julius Menendez and Henry Hung, tenor saxophonist Zack Pitt-Smith, and Danny Bittker on baritone sax. They deliver Okulolo’s message of a better world through music, the universal language.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).