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Mixing the legendary sounds of Fela Kuti with some tricks gleaned from James Brown and P-Funk, Sila (who sings in Swahili and English) and company create a dancefloor-ready throb guaranteed to move you. -San Francisco Weekly

Kenyan funk master - San Francisco Chronicle

Funk Artist of the Year - Los Angeles Music Awards

"Embracing his African roots and his love of funk, Sila channeled James Brown for inspiration and six years later, with the help of his renowned cast of bandmates, he's achieved success without having to compromise his heritage (he sings in both Swahili and English) or his musical tastes." - The San Francisco Examiner

Bay Area dance kings Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (http://afrofunk,net) combine an international vision with dazzling musicianship. Frontman Sila Mutungi rivets audiences with a combination of James Brown's punchy grooves and Fela Kuti's relentless West African swing. Their debut "The Funkiest Man in Africa" blows away listeners with its relentless rhythm and sharp songcraft, but can't prepare you for the band's potent onstage energy. Sila sings of the African experience: the problems he and many others face every day, in a language understood throughout the world. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa. James Brown would be proud. -East Bay Express

Guaranted to keep you glued to the dance floor. -San Francisco Bay Guardian

Africa's James Brown - Oakland Post

James Brown's dance floor boogie strut infused with the manic drumming and serpentine guitar jams of SIla's Native Kenya -San Francisco Magazine

Sila and his Afro Funk 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. -Santa Cruz Sentinel

Biography

High energy grooves characterize the musical stylization of Sila and The Afrofunk Experience. With lyrics in both English and Swahili, the band’s sound is a funky fusion of African rhythm, funk, soukous, Afrobeat, and reggae, influenced by artists like James Brown, Prince, Otis Redding, and Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. San Francisco based, Sila and AfroFunk Experience (AFE) are at the vanguard of Afro-Funk. In 2006, the San Francisco based, Sila and AfroFunk Experience (AFE) debut CD “The Funkiest Man in Africa” was critically acclaimed and Sila won the coveted title “(Funk) Artist of the Year” at the LA Music Awards.

A native of Kenya, band-leader and vocalist Sila is backed by Mike Pitre on trumpet, Andre Webb on trombone, David Boyce on saxophone, bassist Wendell Rand, Bennie Murray on drums, guitarists Ken House and David James, djembe player Karamba, and talking drum player Samba Guisse. Like Afro-beat founder Fela Kuti, AFE is known for its extended rifts that drive audiences into dancing ecstasy. Christened the “James Brown of Africa”, Sila sings of the African experience: the problems he and many others face every day, in a language understood throughout the world. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa.

 

 

 
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