22ND PANAFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 6TH-17TH 2014


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The 22nd Panafrican Film Festival took place in Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw Plaza (Los Angeles) during Black History Month and featured a plethora of movies and documentaries from Africa and its Diaspora. The featured movies and documentaries touched most issues concerning the Black Experience ranging from Black History awareness, pre and post slavery political issues, Music, cultural similarities and exchanges between Africa and its Diaspora as well as modern issues related to crime, poverty and lifestyles such as Homosexuality. Movies and documentaries were played from morning until late evening. There were post discussions after every screening where movie-goers could interact with the film directors and actors. There were also after-parties featuring diverse music and Soul Food where movie-goers could interact and mingle with the stars. The Festival was a success and is much needed to educate old and new generations of people.

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TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES (CA) – OCTOBER 19TH, 2013


TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19TH, 2013

The Taste of Soul was definitely a success and had the longest succession of vendors (food, art, clothing etc…) and music stages I’ve encountered in Los Angeles so far. The festival as the name speaks for itself focuses on Soul food from the states and the Diaspora but also features R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop. I mainly spent time at the KJLH radio station’s stage which is owned by Stevie Wonder. Ran into Ne-Yo backstage who did not perform but was mainly taking pictures with fans. R&B singers Kenny Lattimore and Johnny Gill did a great job mcing the show and also performed, clearly demonstrating why they’re considered legendary R&B singers. Glenn Lewis rocked the crowd with some of his 90s hits. Mindless Behavior, the new hot teenage band rocked the teenage crowd which went crazy during their dance and singing performance. Marques Houston also performed new and classic material as well classic Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson hits to the delight of the younger and older crowd. Stevie Wonder came onstage with Johnny Gill at the end of Marques Houston’s performance to close out the show, unbelievable trio of legends performing at the same time.

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MYKAL ROSE, SLY & ROBBIE, U-ROY – THE BEACH BALL FESTIVAL, SANTA MONICA (CA) – SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2013


MYKAL ROSE, SLY & ROBBIE, U-ROY - THE BEACH BALL FESTIVAL, SANTA MONICA (CA) - SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2013

Mykal Rose (Ex Black Uhuru) and Sly & Robbie performed together and demonstrated why they’re legendary Reggae icons by delivering pure Reggae music! Mykal Rose rocked the crowd with his unique African traditional style of singing while Sly on the drums and Robbie on the Bass guitar showed why they’re part of Reggae’s foundation, they played classic Black Uhuru tunes such as “Guess who’s coming to dinner”. The crowd was very receptive and delighted. U-Roy also showed in his earlier performance why he’s considered the Godfather of Dancehall and also sang his classic dancehall tunes which are a combination of his Raggamuffin’ accompanied by singing by another performer. The organizers could have had a larger selection of food vendors and better crowd accomodation but the line-up was powerful and the Santa Monica Beach location scenic and beautiful.

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JIMMY CLIFF – TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES, SANTA MONICA (CA) – SEPTEMBER 12TH


JIMMY CLIFF - TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES, SANTA MONICA (CA) - SEPTEMBER 12TH

Jimmy Cliff’s performance coincided with the 40th anniversary a few days before of the release of the classic Jamaican Gangsta movie “The Harder They Come” in which he starred back in 1973. He started the show off with soulful Nyabinghi drumming and chanting much to the delight of the crowd. He also sang old classic 70s Anti-War material as well as new to reaffirm that old issues such as the Vietnam War are still relevant and being reapplied in new contexts such as Syria. Great energy and crowd interactions!

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REGGAE PON THE MOUNTAIN – JULY 27TH, 2013 – TOPANGA, CA


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Reggae Pon the Mountain happened in a smaller “chill” setting up in the Topanga Mountains and featured a nice selection of local and international artists as well as vendors (Food, Art, Clothing). The Festival featured the legendary Pato Banton who interacted with the crowd very nicely and delivered sultry Gospel-influenced vocals. “Da Lion” performed without their front drummer/leader Leon Mobley but rocked the crowd as their lead Singer Shakespeare delivered Lovers Rock and conscious lyrics with great energy while former members of the Heptones delivered solid background vocals. Mexico 68’s Afrobeat music was refreshing and provided some musical diversity to the Festival. Anthony B electrified the crowd with his energy, prompting Security to clear the hyped-up crowd near the smaller stage.

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STEPHEN AND DAMIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


STEPHEN AND DAMIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Grammy winners Stephen and Damian Marley’s performance together was the highlight of this festival with their array of classic Reggae and Dancehall hits. There is so much chemistry between them.

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MARLEY BROTHERS (STEPHEN, JULIAN, DAMIAN) – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


MARLEY BROTHERS (STEPHEN, JULIAN, DAMIAN) – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Stephen performing with Julian and Damian Marley much to the delight of the crowd.

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MARLEY FAMILY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


MARLEY FAMILY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Jo Mersa Marley (Son of Stephen) performing with the Mic in hand. Stephen Marley called all of the Late great Bob Marley sons and grandsons up to the stage during his performance of the Bob Classic “Could you be loved”.

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STEPHEN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


STEPHEN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Grammy winner Stephen Marley demonstrated with his poise, musical experience, contagious smile and happiness why he’s with Ziggy the most experienced Singer/Musician of the Marley Family. His son Jo Mersa also performed during his event while his littlest son stood by his side waving the Jamaican Flag during his performance. He did songs with Damian and Julian also much to the delight of the crowd and also welcomed the grandsons and granddaughters of the Late great Bob Marley onto the stage to dance and express Love & Happiness.

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DAMIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


DAMIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Grammy winner Damian Marley probably had the best performance altogether for this festival. The Grammy winner performed many songs from the “Distant Relatives” collabo with Nas. The crowd was estatic as he also let Stephen, Julian and other members of the Ghetto Youths Crew make appearances. Damian’s performance was most definitely the highlight of this Festival.

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ALPHA BLONDY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


ALPHA BLONDY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Alpha Blondy who is probably the closest African Reggae equivalent to Bob Marley demonstrated clearly why he was chosen to close out the Festival. He sang most of his classics from the 80s including Brigadier Sabari and Cocody Rock much to the great appreciation of the crowd that got very loud and sang along. The Ivory Coast Flag was waving high in the air during his performance and he represented The Motherland proudly and spoke his mind regarding African politics and the ongoing Middle-East crisis.

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JULIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


JULIAN MARLEY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Julian Marley sang his classic hits including “Systems” to the delight of the crowd with his style which is closer to his father’s Bob as he’s a true complete Reggae Singer/Guitarist. Julian is strictly Reggae as opposed to his brothers Stephen and Damian who also perform Dancehall songs. He sang with a lot of energy and conviction and also emulated his father’s dance with the trademark denim jeans and jacket. Great stage presence!

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CHRISTOPHER ELLIS, WAYNE MARSHALL – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


CHRISTOPHER ELLIS, WAYNE  MARSHALL – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Christopher Ellis and Wayne Marshall of the Marley Ghetto Youths Crew demonstrated clearly with their high vocal skills, energy and interactions with the crowd why they were signed by Reggae’s First Family. Each member of the Ghetto Youths Crew including Jo Mersa (son of Stephen) and Julian performed at least one or two songs to open for Damian and Stephen Marley and showcase their talents.

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MARCIA GRIFFITHS – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


MARCIA GRIFFITHS – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Marcia Griffiths had a great LIVE performance, a true Reggae diva! She showed through her vocal and dance skills why she was chosen as the Late great Bob Marley’s back-up singer and member of the I-Threes along with the legendary Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt. Her talent is timeless as she danced and performed Reggae classics such as Dawn Penn’s “No, no, no” and even delved into the Dancehall music genre. She’s a true entertainer by the way she interacted with and moved the crowd through her excitement, voice and dance. Great performance!

FATOUMATA DIAWARA – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


FATOUMATA DIAWARA – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Fatoumata Diawara represented the Motherland proudly and had a memorable performance. Probably the most touching performance of this Festival with her Sultress yet soft-spoken voice. She played the guitar similarly to Vieux Farka Toure and showed her Malian Blues Singer roots. Her voice, guitar-playing and Wassoulou lyrics are very captivating and enchanting, and did a great job of conveying emotion to the mostly American crowd. She also addressed feminist issues in English with her beautiful accent. Fatoumata Diawara danced towards the end of her performance while the drummer played djembe-like rhythms on the drum set. Great great performance and addition to this World Music Festival!

DANAKIL & NATTY JEAN – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


DANAKIL & NATTY JEAN – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

This was French Reggae Band Danakil’s first performance in the US and their lead singer Balik was excited and let the crowd know about it. While Balik sang Reggae or “singjayed”, Natty Jean his Senegalese partner covered the “Raggamuffin'” parts of the songs in his native Wolof, providing a now traditional blend of Reggae and Dancehall. Balik performed an original remake of French singer Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien”, showing his versatility as an artist. The crowd was intrigued yet appreciated the performance.

BOMBINO – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


BOMBINO - SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO (CA) - JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

Bombino and his crew rocked the crowd despite playing a music genre other than Reggae. They dressed in Tuareg garments and played the guitars similarly to Malian Blues guitarists. The crowd, filled with music connoisseurs who appreciate World Music, cheered and applauded as the group from Niger performed. The organizers of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festivals did a good job selecting crucial music from various parts of the World to diversify the festival.

DAMIAN MARLEY, LUCIANO, JULIAN MARLEY, JO MERSA MARLEY, ALPHA BLONDY – SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY (CA) – JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013


DAMIAN MARLEY, LUCIANO, JULIAN MARLEY, JO MERSA MARLEY, ALPHA BLONDY - SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, MENDOCINO CTY, (CA) - JUNE 22ND-24TH, 2013

The 20th anniversary of this three-day World Music Festival was safe and very well-organized despite overcrowding. Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (See pictures with Julian Marley, Jo Mersa Marley and Alpha Blondy) and Sunny Moore (See pictures with Damian Marley and Luciano) made sure they attended and camped on the site for three days. The Marleys (See pictures above for Damian, Julian and Jo Mersa) and entire “Ghetto Youths Crew” were the main acts but the Festival also featured Alpha Blondy (See picture), Luciano (See picture), Don Carlos, Marcia Griffiths, Ras Michael, Leroy Sibbles, Gappy Ranks and Fatoumata Diawara to name a few. Emphasis was made on diversity with the variety of performers’ nationalities. The scenery was beautiful amidst the mountains of Mendocino County.

ANGELIQUE KIDJO/HUGH MASEKELA – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013


ANGELIQUE KIDJO/HUGH MASEKELA – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013

Angelique Kidjo (Left on Bottom right picture) was in Hollywood, CA representing Benin as usual and blessed the crowd with her singing and dancing. Hugh Masekela the Jazz trumpetist (Right on Bottom right picture) was also part of the festival, representing his native South Africa . Both artists took part of the same interview, representing the continent proudly.

SHEILA E. – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013


SHEILA E. – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013

Sheila E. hasn’t lost a step at age “56”. The USC Marching band opened up her performance and she gave a real all-around drum clinic from the drum set to the congas. Great crowd participation, even security was dancing and both her parents as well as India Arie joined in with dancing and drumming. Sheila E. is the real deal, a real drum virtuoso/singer who rocked the crowd with her classic hits.

ACTOR JEFFREY ANDERSON-GUNTER – TARGET SUNDAYS (JAZZ) – CAAM – JUNE 2ND, 2013


PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL - CAAM - JUNE 3RD, 2013

Wolof Times reporter Sunny Moore stepping off the stage in her Fulani hat, after helping Actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter draw audience winner tickets. Great live Jazz music which featured Jazz and Spoken word as well as various established and upcoming singers and musicians. The show was MCed by Actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter and Jazz Singer Freda Payne who did a great job entertaining the crowd during pauses and introducing Spoken Word artist Yazmin Monet Watkins and Jazz artists Dominique Toney, Ryan Cross, Kenneth Crouch etc…

PATRICE RUSHEN – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES – JUNE 2ND, 2013


PATRICE RUSHEN - PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 3RD, 2013

I was blown away by the music and singing of Patrice Rushen (Left-column, here featured with Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne & Sunny Moore) who is now Director of the Grammys Awards show and sang classic hits such as “Forget me nots” and “You remind me”. I didn’t know she could play the keyboards in both R&B and Jazz music genres. Leon “Ndugu” Chancler her producer/drummer also rocked the crowd with live great energy and incredibly versatile drumming. Great Great show!

BILAL – ROXY THEATRE – MAY 29TH, 2013


BILAL - ROXY THEATRY - MAY 29TH, 2013

Bilal (Far-left column), here featured with Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne and Sunny Moore, definitely rocked the crowd with his falsetto voice and unimprovised stage comedy act. The band was great and played Jazz fused with R&B and Hip Hop music which are Bilal’s music influences/genres. The show also featured Grammy winner Robert Glasper who showcased his talents as a pianist.

MR. VEGAS & BARRINGTON LEVY – UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST – MAY 27TH, 2013


BARRINGTON LEVY & MR.VEGAS - UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST - MAY 27TH 2013

Both artists rocked the crowd individually and demonstrated why they’re Reggae icons. Mr.Vegas (Far-left column) was LIVE on stage and had the crowd hyped up while Barrington Levy (Second column from right) SANG many classics with his mesmerizing voice and delivery. They both performed at the same time in the end (Top picture, second column from right) and gave the crowd a memorable performance.

COMMON – UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST – MAY 26TH, 2013


COMMON - UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST - MAY 26TH 2013

Common (Left, here featured with Press members including Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (Right-column, bottom picture) and Sunny Moore (Right-column, Right in center picture)) showed he’s a TRUE MC through his lyrics/freestyles and interactions with the crowd. He definitely puts Chicago/The Midwest on the Hip Hop map. Great live energy and hip hop education for the youth. His DJ paid tribute to many old school hip hop artists such as Slick Rick, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep etc…

SHINE BLACKHAWK – DRAWING ON THE MOON, MALIBU – MAY 24TH-27TH, 2013


SHINE BLACKHAWK - DRAWING ON THE MOON, MALIBU, CA - MAY 24TH-27TH, 2013

SHINE BLACKHAWK (Top Picture,Top Center), here featured with Wolof Times reporter Bunaama Diagne (Left) and other band members) rocked the stage late night with FIRE tribal music within a beautiful natural setting in the Malibu mountains with the Moon hovering over us. Her music is an original blend of Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop as well as Native American and African influences. The Festival was cut short due to fire code violations but featured Yoga workshops, raw vegan cuisine, drumming, dancing, folk music, acrobats, club dancing etc…Wonderful camping first-time experience amidst the Malibu Mountains.

J ANTHONY BROWN’S COMEDY CLUB THE J SPOT – MAY 18TH, 2013


J ANTHONY BROWN'S COMEDY CLUB THE J SPOT - MAY 18TH, 2013

Audience members (Top picture) were very much involved in the comedy acts and asked to dance to celebrate their birthdays in the beginning of the show. The audience was also highly-entertained by both comedians and Live DJ who played a lot of old school Hip Hop and R&B as well as new hits in these music genres. Featured comedians were just HILARIOUS and experienced in their craft. Nice venue to CHILL and get some BIG LAUGHS as you can see with featured Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (Left bottom picture) and Sunny Moore (Right bottom picture) 🙂

NYC DJ BOBBITO GARCIA, DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK (BASKETBALL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING) – LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL – MAY 18TH, 2013


DOIN' IT IN THE PARK - LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL - MAY 18TH, 2013

Great screening which Bobbito Garcia (Left, here featured with Sunny Moore (Right), Wolof Times reporter), one of the documentary producers and also one of my fav old school underground hip hop DJs, hosted. This documentary clearly showed the playground basketball culture of NYC and its worldwide influence. It also featured all of the NYC Playground greats and legends including Julius Erving. Bobbito can HOOP too 🙂

DANNY GLOVER – THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED (KPFK EVENT) – LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT THEATER – MAY 5TH, 2013


DANNY GLOVER - THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED (KPFK EVENT) - DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT THEATER - MAY 5TH, 2013

Great documentary viewing on the historical date of Cinco de Mayo. The documentary featured the life, political times and accomplishments of Controversial Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Very informative and unbiased showing. Danny Glover (Center) eloquently spoke about his relationship with the now deceased leader and world experiences as a political activist.

FELA! BROADWAY SHOW (MICHELLE WILLIAMS, ADESOLA OSAKALUMI) – AHMANSON THEATRE – MAY 4TH, 2013


FELA! BROADWAY SHOW - AHMANSON THEATRE - MAY 4TH 2013

This show is just a future classic, so much musical education due to the diversity of African music utilized from the Continent and the Diaspora. A beautiful musical and dance mix of African cultural elements WORLDWIDE. Both Adesola Osakalumi (Right Column, Right) and Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child, Right Column, Right), who play the main characters of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Sandra Izsadore respectively, delivered beyond great performances as well as all other members of the troop from the dancers to the musicians to the singers. A TRUE LEGENDARY CLASSIC PERFORMANCE!

CICLAVIA – LOS ANGELES – APRIL 21ST, 2013


CICLAVIA - LOS ANGELES - APRIL 21ST, 2013

Great Bike ride open to everyone with streets closed to cars from Venice Beach to Downtown Los Angeles. Bike ride was very well-organized and safe and allowed bicyclists to find out that it is easy to ride from Venice to Downtown LA in an encouraging effort to promote less atmosphere pollution. Great food and DJs along the way and Native American Celebration, Food and Art in the Downtown Arts district. Great event!

FELA CAST PARTY – ZANZIBAR, SANTA MONICA (CA) – FEBRUARY 28TH, 2013


FELA CAST PARTY - ZANZIBAR - FEBRUARY 28TH 2012

The Zanzibar venue in Santa Monica hosted a party in honor of the Fela Broadway Cast and Sandra Izsadore (Fela Kuti’s ex-wife, top right). The Fela Broadway Cast was not scheduled to perform, local African dancers and drummers were (See pictures). There was also great live DJ African music. Only one of the dancers (Kouyate) from the Fela Cast made a brief appearance on stage to customarily pay hommage and show appreciation for the performance since the featuring local artists were very talented and  experienced. Great night!

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND – UCLA-ROYCE HALL, LOS ANGELES (CA) – FEBRUARY 12TH, 2013


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The band did a great job displaying all of the cultural musical elements that are the foundation of all modern music by performing great Blues, Jazz and New Orleans Folk music. There was great crowd participation since it was Mardi-Gras and attempts to recreate that New-Orleans scene within the music hall with the beads, dancing, chanting and line dancing around the room. The show was somewhat of an American music history lesson.

FEMI KUTI – EL REY THEATRE, LOS ANGELES (CA) – JANUARY 18TH, 2013


FEMI KUTI - EL REY THEATRE - JANUARY 18, 2013

Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne, Sunny Moore and Fusicology.com’s Asya Stein outside the El Rey Theatre after Femi Kuti’s performance. Show was live, the “Los Angeles Afrocentric Tribe” was there, Femi was very professional yet with a great sarcastic sense of humor like his father the great Fela Kuti (RIP). Well-accomplished musician on the Saxophone as well as the keyboards.

STEVIE WONDER – NOKIA THEATRE L.A LIVE – 17TH ANNUAL HOUSE FULL OF TOYS, LOS ANGELES (CA) – DECEMBER 17TH, 2012


STEVIE WONDER - NOKIA THEATRE L.A LIVE - 17th ANNUAL HOUSE FULL OF TOYS - DECEMBER 17, 2012

The show was full of upcoming artists’ guest appearances but the legendary Stevie Wonder was well worth the wait. Such a talented singer, keyboardist, music director and COMEDIAN (which I was unaware of LOL). He cracked hilarious jokes about his disability and was very gracious after the show to his fans with interactions and posing for pictures even though he was exhausted. The legendary NY rapper Doug E Fresh did a great job hosting the show.

ALY TIMBUKTU STATE KOUROUMA – ABBOT MC KINNEY FESTIVAL, VENICE (CA) – OCT 27TH, 2012


ALI TIMBUKTU STATE KOUROUMA - ABBOT MC KINNEY FESTIVAL - OCT 27 2012

One of the best artists/painters from the Motherland, Senegal to be more specific, based in Los Angeles. You can see a lot of his Afrocentric art on the walls of the Zanzibar in Santa Monica. He also designs mostly female clothing which features his art. The Festival occupied miles and miles of the Abbot MC Kinney Boulevard starting from Venice Beach. It featured a huge DIVERSITY of vendors (Food, Clothing, Art etc…), artists and live DJs. Definitely a must-go every year!