San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What do you get when you put together world-class musicians with resumes that include playing/recording in such historic and seminal Nigerian afrobeat and highlife acts as Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Afrika 70, Sonny Okosun, Koola Lobitos, and Segun Bucknor, among others? You get Lagos Roots!
Each member of Lagos Roots is a seasoned artist with reputations worthy of individual praise. And together, they are receiving it, capturing the hearts of world music and funky breakbeat lovers with their ability to draw out an authentic and infectious afrobeat sound.
Recalling some of the artists with whom members of Lagos Roots have recorded or shared the stage, reads like a "who's who" in music: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Ginger Baker of Cream, Peter Tosh, Toots & the Maytals, Eddy Grant, and many more.
Emerging from a long held dream to put together a band containing original master musicians and members of a new generation of afrobeat musicians, Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble represents an important step in the evolution of the style of Nigerian afrobeat once imagined by Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70.
When & Where
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.