The Highlife is stopping by Little Baobab on Saturday May 30th. I’m telling you now, get there EARLY! It will fill up. Music starts at 10pm. The regular crew, Shawn Dub, Be Brown and I are working on an after hours. Keep an eye out for more info. Featured this time will be special guest Geko Jones from the Dutty Artz crew. The theme of the night is Champeteando! Geko has inspired me with his mixes of bassey latin dance […]
The fellas at Little Baobab have been talking up Nigerian Club music since Sogui’s mom visited Lagos and sent him a bunch of CD’s. I like Bizzy Body, and 2face, and caught a couple tunes like Yahoozee and Gongo Aso, but haven’t been checking for stuff from Nigeria lately, so I’ve been meaning to check some of it out. I definitely got caught sleeping the other night when DJ Steve threw on a crazy Naija jam by Wande Coal. more […]
This Thursday is a new night of The Highlife at Otis Lounge in San Francisco. We will be exploring the world of Afro, Soulful, African House. Maybe call this night Afro House vs. African House. What’s the difference? There is an interesting dichotomy emerging within the surging interest of African Electronic Music. Writers around the Internet are pointing to differences (and similarities) between Afro House styles from Europe and the U.S. and House or Techno from Africa. Does a difference […]
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I’m going to make these party posts a little more interesting by posting a tune or video with them, of stuff I’m feeling, or you might be hearing at the High Life parties. This Saturday, DJ Refusenik (we misspelled it on the flyer.) will be our featured guest, and he will be throwing down some North African pop jams. Here is Reda Taliani and 113 with one of my favorite Rai songs: more about “113 & REDA TALIANI – YA […]
Now let’s celebrate! Thursday night at the 2nd The Highlife Party. And really in the spirit of this time, this is The High Life! This time with guests DJ Sogui So Good, Sierra Leonean Reggae Singer Khady Black and the residents Chief Boima and Shawn Dub. Artist Susu Attar will be projecting videos. Located at the Tunnel Top 601 Bush Street in SF. Obama songs throughout the night!
Highlife Music was one of the first African musics to take influences from American Sounds. In the 1920′s as urban areas in West Africa grew, Jazz, and Big Band arrangements fused with local Palm Wine and acoustic musics, and also mixed with Calypso, Cuban Son, and other musics from overseas. It was fun, uplifting music in the spirit of good times. These such fusions continue on through to today, and it is in that spirit of mixing and good times, […]