Giant Step presents: Jump'n'Funk w/ DJ Rich Medina, + Carlos Mena (Ocha/Yoruba/B
A Fela Kuti birthday Felabration featuring Jump'n'Funk w/ DJ Rich Medina, along with the Bay's own DJ Carlos Mena (Ocha/Yoruba/Bembe). More details coming soon...
For nearly a decade, Jump'n'Funk has been a staple on dancefloors from New York to Berlin, establishing itself as the first and most consistent DJ-based party dedicated to Fela Kuti and his message of peace and equality through music. It has had many homes from its early days at the Shrine in NYC to The Barbican Museum in London, but without fail, Jump'n'Funk has always packed clubs in with dancers and Afrobeat junkies of all stripes, Rich Medina controls the room with epic 4-hour DJ sets and capitvating visuals behind him, only resting to allow live Afrobeat ensembles like Antibalas or Chico Mann take the stage with a flurry of blaring horns and hard-driving percussion that raise the volume and send the dancefloor into a frenzy. From its inception, Jump'n'Funk was designed to raise awareness of Fela Kuti and his legacy, but has since become a nightlife institution, honoring not only his incredible contribution to music, but also the causes he championed: Pan-Africanism, Black empowerment and speaking up on behalf of the fundamentally downtrodden. Armed with an unparalled love of Fela and an unrivaled collection of Afrobeat records, Rich Medina has brought Jump'n'Funk to cities around the world with one purpose: to spread the love of Fela and Afro-Life! Medina infuses Jump'n'Funk with new explosively soulful visuals provided by production futurist Mark of The Marksmen.
In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti's music catalogue, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Kuti. These events will unite the diverse communities and Tastemakers across the country that are instrumental in keeping Fela's music alive. Check out the full lineup of events here.
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