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LPR Presents: Felabration NYC 2017: with Low Mentality Afrobeat Massive feat. members of Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat & very special guests, Amayo’s FU-ARKIST-RA, Super Yamba Band feat. Kaleta & DJ Mickey Perez

8:00 pm doors | 9:00 pm show | 21+

$18 advance | $22 day of show

About Low Mentality:

Known for his work in groups like Antibalas, The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar founded the band Low Mentality in 2011. The group merges elements of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and rock music to create deeply funky compositions that balance a compelling new style of songwriting with propulsive, danceable grooves. Nikhil has been immersed in Brooklyn's Afrobeat scene since joining Akoya Afrobeat (fronted by former Fela guitarist Kaleta) in 2007, and went on to join Antibalas two years later. He has since performed Afrobeat music all over the world, from New Zealand to Tokyo to the Canary Islands to Broadway as an occasional player in the Fela! Broadway musical. Nikhil has broken bread and made music with a number of Fela collaborators and disciples, including most recently Tony Allen, creator of Afrobeat's signature drum sound. In addition to writing original music that uses the structure of Afrobeat in different stylistic contexts, maintaining public interest in Fela's musical style and message is major goal of Nikhil's career. This year's Felabration NYC aims to bring the community together and build off the success of last year's all night celebration.

About Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra:

Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra is a unique afro-beat concept, created by Amayo in 2000, which was developed in three countries :in Brooklyn (USA), in Paris (France) and in Bahia (Brazil). The music of AMAYO’S FU-ARKIST-RA is a combination of traditional Chinese Lion rhythms and Nigerian Afro-beat. This unique blend of styles creates a vivid and magical landscape for stories, lessons, and dances of ancient Chinese and African folklore. Songs in the repertory include ‘Amen-awon’, ‘Wounded Lion’, ‘Lion Awakes’ and ‘Happy Lion’. The result is a lethal fusion called FU-Afrobeat: a blend of African spiritual rhythms, Traditional Chinese lion rhythms, highlife, funk, and jazz, infused with political messages. The band’s diverse spectrum of backgrounds carries the spirit of Kung Fu masters and philosophers of the Orient, Freedom fighters, the Royal warriors of Edo & Ife Kingdoms, and Fela Kuti.

About Super Yamba Band:

Brooklyn’s Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance.

The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba’s sound and the musician’s understanding of the African music tradition.

About DJ Mickey:

A first generation American born DJ of Cuban & Ecuadorean descent, Mickey Perez was born in Chicago, IL in August of 1978. Mickey grew up hearing the music of Motown as well as James Brown & Michael Jackson to Latin legends such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz & Beny More at home on a regular basis. Upon moving to Miami in the summer of 1990 those influences would evolve into The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Gangstarr, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest & Tupac Shakur among others. After graduating from film school in Orlando, Mickey moved to New York City in September of 2002 basing himself in Brooklyn to further pursue a career as a Feature Filmmaker. Over the next 8 years, Mickey saw his goal slowly sail farther & farther in the distance while he toiled away his time working on a myriad of banal Talk, Game & Reality Television shows during this span in addition to Producing for a major Ad Agency, GreyNYC, beginning in 2008. By 2009, Mickey was disillusioned with the prospect of working as a Producer in the Advertising Industry long term. It was during this period, Mickey purchased a record player & thus records and began collecting some of his favorite old albums but also began listening to music that was new to him specifically Nuyorican Latin Soul aka Boogaloo and Underground Disco from NYC, Chicago and pretty much anywhere as long as it was funky. Everything changed for Mickey when he purchased the album “Subway Joe” by Joe Bataan. With that album, Mickey found his new favorite style of music - Boogaloo - and with it began to find as many records as possible that had the Latin Beat fused with American R&B and Rock & Roll. From this nexus, Mickey and 2 of his closest friends began DJing house & loft parties on the weekends sometimes for money but mostly for free in Brooklyn in 2008-09 playing a range of Disco, Funk, Soul, Post Punk and Punk Funk from Europe and the US to go with Boogaloo and classic 70s Salsa from Fania Records mainly on the Afro/Latin/Caribbean side. These house & loft parties for fun became passion projects for Mickey specifically, mainly because he had zero outlet in terms of being creative while working as a Producer. In January of 2010, Mickey’s employer and him agreed things were not working out for both sides and decided to part waysMickey would turned a still growing interest of DJing in its infancy and decided to take a crack at DJing full time giving up what might have been a promising career in Advertising in the process. Becoming fully immersed in the subject of New York, Chicago & Detroit’s underground dance scenes of the 70s & 80s, Mickey began studying the approach & direction of DJs David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy among others absorbing how they put their styles of music & sets together. To add a special ingredient from his own background & upbringing, Mickey also dug deep into the New York Latin music scene of the 60s & 70s, specifically Boogaloo & Salsa to deliver a definitive & unique New York based sound not heard out in conjunction with the Disco sound during this time. As Mickey's musical tastes continued growing & his DJ style began to develop, that New York Sound he was attempting to create organically expanded itself to include indigenous dance music from other distinct parts of the world. Some of this evolution was in part due to him moving to London, living & DJing there for 9 months from Fall 2010- Spring 2011. In London, Mickey’s selection expanded even further into South America in regions such as Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Ecuador, in the Caribbean such as Haiti, Cuba, Cape Verde, Guadeloupe and finally Cape Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa among the many other musically rich countries throughout Africa. Upon returning to NYC in May of 2011, the New York Sound Mickey was attempting to develop wound up morphing into a truly Global Sound by accident during his time in London. It evolved into a sound that can wreck a dance floor in Brooklyn the same way it can be wrecked in London, Soweto, Sau Paulo, Accra or Cartagena. A full time DJ since 2010, Mickey currently holds down weekly residencies throughout Brooklyn at Black Flamingo in Williamsburg on Wednesdays, Le Boudoir in Brooklyn Heights on Fridays and Sundays at Bembe in Williamsburg. He also holds monthly & bi-monthly residencies in Brooklyn & Manhattan at the following locations: at Donna Cocktail Club & The Randolph in Williamsburg, Starvue Loft in Bushwick, Project Parlor in Bed-Stuy, Sisters in Fort Greene and in Manhattan at Nublu in Alphabet City.








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