Soundway, Strut, Sofrito and the Shrine invite you to the Afriparty of a Lifetime….
WALA - its a LIFE LINE!! The 2 Jonz Benefit.
LIVE: KONKOMA, PAX NICHOLAS, FOKN BOIS (WANLOV the KUBOLOR & M3NSA) and YAABA FUNK
DJs: DUNCAN BROOKER (Strut Records), DJ FRANK (Sofrito) & MR HAGAN (with FOKN BOIS)
Hosted by the Shrine's Rita Ray (BBC World Service) and Max Reinhardt (Late Junction BBC Radio 3)
Musicologist, musician and professor at University of Accra, Prof John Collins had his life swept away by floods in Ghana last autumn and at roughly the same time legendary world music journalist Jon Lusk (Rough Guide, fRoots, Songlines, BBC Online etc) suffered a major stroke and so we thought it would be a great idea if we could get together and make a benefit happen to help both and this is it...
Soundway and Strut have been holding the most wikkid, kicking and indeed, hard and happenin' Afro parties at the moment and what with that and their association with both Jonz ... they are indeed the cats to enchant the masses. They are bringing highlife superstars Konkoma (Soundway), Nigerian Afrobeat legend Pax Nicholas (Africa 70 / Daptone).
And then while we were putting this amazing bill together, London's favourite Afrofunk warriors Yaaba Funk cancelled everything in their diaries to join us. And then.....the Ghanaian Nu-Wave joined in too: Fokn Bois (Wanlov the Kubolor & M3nsa). Like M3NSA said:
We're sleeping on a hero. This man is not only preserving our music, but our history and more importantly our culture and unique identity. Its rather unfortunate that he's not getting the support he deserves but here is a good place to start. And FOKN BOIS are honoured to be a part of this.
This massive cohort of Artists have lined up to be a lifeline..now we just need a generous audience to fill Rich Mix to make the Lifeline a reality!!! Let us make it count!
PS Wala means life in the Ga language