Sunday, June 12, 2011

An Evening of Nigerian Afrobeat. June 17th. 9PM.

Femi Kuti band alum Rotimi Hundeyin and his Afrophonic Rhythms Crew will be performing this Friday at Bookspace.  Horns, percussion, and vocals will be filling the space with rhythms to get your body and soul moving.  Opening performance by Yemi.  $10.  BYOB.  21+.

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We've been looking forward to this show for some time now and it's going to be a really good one.


For the past eight years, Rotimi Hundeyin has been touring the globe as musical director with one of his mentors, Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti. His original and eclectic music style is known as Afrophonik Rhythms engages an audience with talent and charm. His band, called Rotimi Hundeyin and De Afrophonik Rhythms Crew hold a powerful stage presence and includes a full horn section, drums, percussion, female vocalists, keyboards and several guitars this band has a unique and powerful stage presence. Such collaboration with a full spectrum of diverse ethnicities and races of Americans has never been seen before in African music, a testament to Rotimi’s forward-thinking methods.

For Rotimi growing up in 1980’s, Nigerian music became a passion. At a young age he excelled at performance, quickly picking up drums, trumpet, saxophone and piano. As a teenager it became clear that music was to be a way of life for Rotimi, and by his mid-twenties he earned the title of Music Director for The Lagos State (similar to New York) Council for Arts and Culture. It was at this time that he began touring with Femi Kuti (son of legendary Fela Kuti) and The Positive Force. Sharing the stage with some of the world’s top musicians including: Hugh Masekela, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, Damian Marley, Lucky Dube, The Gorillaz, Green Fields, Kilimanjaro, Orlando Julius, and The Lagos Folk Quintet. His work has been produced by such luminaries as Danger Mouse.

A man of paradox, Rotimi questions violence with beauty. His focus is sharp, providing a musical resolution to the political injustice he knew growing up. With songs like Osusu he questions the relationships mankind has with one another and suggests a higher way of life. Heavily influenced by African folk music and jazz legends like Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, and Miles Davis, Rotimi’s music breaks the world music mold. He balances genius with simplicity, an amalgamation of soul, afro-beat, rock, hip-hop, and jazz. He is currently working on his first solo album with his Afrophonik Rhythms Crew.

Yemi's Bio

The product of a transcontinental youth, yemi’s sound is boundless. From King Sunny Ade to K’naan, her inspirations span several decades. She brings to her music a traditional sound and a contemporary feel and all of this is what makes her music so unique. Her songs are conceived, developed, and delivered to express not only emotions, but the human condition. Sometimes playful, sometimes spiritual, and always authentic, yemi’s music speaks the universal languages of beauty, pain, and love.

Opeyemi Akanbi, a native of Nigeria, is a young educator and musician. Yemi has a strong musical background, having studied music theory, vocal performance, and piano from a very young age. After graduating from the prestigious Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio, she decided to move to Philadelphia and continue her graduate studies. Subsequently, she became very active in Philadelphia's vibrant music scene, meeting and performing with dynamic vocalists, lyricists, and musicians alike in addition to working as a music teacher. Yemi has an unwavering passion for music. Growing up rooted in Nigerian culture and tradition even after her family's relocation to America at 8 years old, Yemi has special interest in the preservation of African and African-American musical traditions. Presently, Yemi teaches professional voice and piano lessons and also performs her eclectic mix of soul-afrobeat-folk-world music within several bands in and around Philadelphia. She is working towards the release of her solo album. 

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