World Wide Dance Party: Will Magid Trio

Sponsored By Amnesty International

World Wide Dance Party: Will Magid Trio

Will Magid Trio, Baba Ken Okulolo, Rafa

Fri, March 1, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Club Fox

Redwood City, CA


This event is 21 and over

World Wide Dance Party
World Wide Dance Party
World Wide Dance Party
Bay Area Funk Extravaganza!

Rustee Allen (Sly & The Family Stone)
Fred Ross (Tower of Power)
Will Magid & Friends
Live in Peace Brass Band
Rickey Vincent (DJ + MC)

+Surprise special guests

Fundraiser for youth development in East Menlo Park & East Palo Alto

100% of profits support Live In Peace

Sponsored by Amnesty International USA
Will Magid Trio
Will Magid Trio
"Will Magid has found the sweet spot between Traditional vibe and the energy of global beat." - Darek Mazzone (KEXP)

"A golden touch. Something special I don't see that often" - Jeremy Sole (KCRW)

Will Magid’s trumpet will take you to Havana in the summertime. It will take you to a Ghanaian funeral and, simultaneously, a French dance club. It will take you to soul music in Japan, then to the cusp of the end of the world, where everyone’s dancing because they have nothing to lose.

The trumpet will holler vibrantly no matter what. And it’s a flexible instrument, well suited for this record’s
victorious leaps among sounds from the past, sounds from here and sounds from elsewhere.

Will, who studied ethnomusicology at UCLA, has gathered inspiration from playing music on every continent except Antarctica. (Please let him know if you have any leads down there. Also, ask him about the time he was flown to Ecuador to play on stage with Alonzo, a musician aspiring to be the Michael Buble of Latin America.)

While he’s devoted to his trumpet, Will is truly a multi-instrumentalist/producer. On his new record, he plays the guitar and the keyboard, and he sings. He’s joined on select tracks by Iggy Mon (Trinidad), Pleasuremaker (Afrolicious) and Ezekial McCarter on vocals, Ben Altieri on guitar, and Aaron Leibowitz on guitar and sax. The resulting pieces are buoyant, multifarious jams packed with rich layers of celebratory horns, bouncing percussion, classical strings and even a bit of ambient noise.

He’s also had the honor to play and collaborate with many talented artists from diverse genres of music, such as Solomon Burke, Soji Odukogbe (Fela Kuti), Kenny Burrell, Baba Ken Okulolo, Ocote Soul Sounds, Pangea Collective, CocoRosie, and Bushwalla.

A collector of sounds, Will layers the familiar with the curious, building imaginary worlds somehow both strange and close to home.
Baba Ken Okulolo
Baba Ken Okulolo
Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history.

He leads three different bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings and classes spread his uplifting message and share the healing magic of African music with every audience.

Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade’s world tours. He is known for early stints with Nigeria’s legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.

Babá Ken has many Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit. The Nigerian Journalists' Association has five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group KOTOJA, famed for its infectious mix of African highlife, juju, and jazz.

Now based in the SF Bay Area, BABÁ KEN OKULOLO leads three distinct performing groups: the exciting AFRO-GROOVE CONNEXION, the all-star WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND, and the acoustic NIGERIAN BROTHERS.

He teaches African percussion, instrumental techniques, and music appreciation to students of all ages in schools, colleges, and private lessons. He presides at family ceremonies and special events.
Rafa is a 10-piece roots reggae group out of East Palo Alto bringing to life the soulful music that came out of Jamaica in the 70s. The band boasts a wide range of international talents--including Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Latin, and North American.
Venue Information:
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063