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Sila & The Afrofunk Experience

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Sila Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook!


Sila epitomizes what people love about this century’s music: Energy, honesty, generosity, ecstasy, and a full-tilt dedication to digging the groove until the last call. Sila’s music titillates the senses and people everywhere have developed a healthy appetite for his funky fusion of African rhythm, American funk, Soukous, Afrobeat, and Reggae.

Inspired by his Kenyan roots and his love for all genres of music, his sound is unique, yet instantly recognizable. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa.


"Kenyan Funk Master."

Sila is one of the leaders of the Afrobeat Renaissance that is blooming throughout the US and the world in recent years, and he’s put together an exciting music project that is attracting widespread attention!

One of the best world music albums this year comes from our own soil. Kenyan expatriate and SF resident Sila's debut CD with the AfroFunk Experience draws from a wide variety of influences like Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, and Fela Kuti. It also covers a diverse spectrum of African-inflected sounds — from Nigerian Afrobeat to Congolese soukous to South African township jive to Senegalese Casamance music to Afro-Brazilian samba to Jamaican reggae. The grooves remain focused, though, and Sila's impassioned vocals, sung mainly in English, easily move from Fela-esque sing-speak to traditional call-and-response to poignant balladry. He's just as effective at party-oriented tunes like "Dancing Shoes" as on socially aware anthems. Throbbing melodic lines inform every track, delivered with reggae-style bass lines, soulful guitar runs, extended percussion breaks, and horn arrangements which span the gamut from punchy to melancholy. If he's not the funkiest man in all of Africa, Sila can at least claim that title for the Bay Area.

Multiple spins of Sila and the Afrofunk Experience's Funkiest Man in Africa have left me intoxicated.

"Guaranteed to keep you glued to the dance floor!." - SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

James Brown's dance floor boogie strut infused with the manic drumming and serpentine guitar jams of Sila's native Kenya.

Sila and his AfroFunk Experience are in the energy exchange business: you give it up, they give it back with interest---no bribes involved. Try that trick with a Nigerian policeman. -PETER KOHT, METRO SANTA CRUZ