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Yaaba Funk – An Afrobeat HiLife • 16.10.2021 • De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, HiddenBeach and GW Jazz are delighted to present Yaaba Funk – An Afrobeat HiLife in the DLWP Café Bar this October.
Special offer: Purchase a ticket for Yaaba Funk – An Afrobeat HiLife and Saxon Sound System for £21 (Discount applies at checkout)
In the Café Bar
This is a standing event.
18 years +
Yaaba Funk have been an important part of the contemporary Afro scene in the UK since their formation in Brixton, London in 2006. The band have been playing their ‘21st Century Hi-Life’ around the world ever since. With two albums under their belt and a third due for release in the coming months, the band is as accomplished in the studio as they are on stage.“(If you) imagine Fela Kuti’s legendary Shrine club relocated to South London you’re a long way to understanding the irresistible appeal of this energetic collective”. “The band mix Hi-Life, Afrobeat and Funk with the bass-heavy sounds that exemplify much of London music. Trying not to dance is like trying to eat gum without chewing”. Fronted by vocalists Richmond Kessie and Helen McDonald, Yaaba Funk brings hard-hitting Afro drums and percussion, tight horns and psychedelic guitars into the mix. The name Yaaba Funk comes from an album called “Yaba Funk Roots”, the only album ever released outside of Africa by Captain Yaba, a musician from northern Ghana and exponent of the 2-string instrument called the koliko.