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Afrobeat Concert: Benyoro at Buddhist House

Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15 is just killing it with the concerts. This one is going to be wild fun and non-stop dancing.

Benyoro is playing again at Buddhist House, so come out and dance to
some damn groovy rhythms! (They will be performing both an amplified
set and an acoustic one with more traditional instruments! Woohooo!!)

“African music in America at its very finest! An all-star group.”
– NPR’s Afropop Worldwide

In the Bamana language of Mali, Benyoro means meeting place, and
that’s exactly what this group is. It’s about the meeting of
traditional and modern instruments, Malian and American musicians, and
centuries-old songs and modern arrangements.

Photos: Zongo Junction, or BuHo Halloween: A Night of Groovin’

Last night at Buddhist House, Afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction and Wesleyan band Men with Bad Manners created one of the most intimate, feel-good concert environments that Wesleyan has seen all year. MWBM kicked off the show with their deep, mellow reggae grooves. The group’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Immanuel Lokwei ’12, brought a roots-reggae vibe to the show with his passionate and vibrant voice. He animated the crowd with wild jumping and dread-lock swinging; his energetic movements and bright vocals seemed to emulate the remarkable stage presence of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, two legends in the world of Reggae. Julian Gal ’14 carried the rhythm sections with his traditional dub-style but distinctively complex bass lines. The horn section consisted of Andrew Pfeiffer ’13 on trombone, Noah Rush ’14 on trumpet, and Jeremy Keim-Shenk ’12. These guys and their bright brass sounds brought rays of [musical] sunshine into the room and embodied the band’s warm, Jamaican sound. Check out MWBM’s newest album, Seed Sankara, here.

Zongo Junction certainly upped the ante when they stepped on stage.

Halloween Part 2: Zongo Junction and Men W/ Bad Manners

Noah Rush ’14 writes in:

After the storm, come celebrate Halloween one more time with Zongo Junction, an 11-piece afrobeat band hailing from that factory of bands, Brooklyn, New York. It’s gonna be dope, da dope dope dope. Check em out.

Opening for Zongo will be Wesleyan’s most altruistic band, Men With Bad Manners, who unlike all other Howe Pearson projects, still exist at Wesleyan. If you don’t know who Howe Pearson is, educate yo self. Also check out MWBM

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Place: Buddhist House, 356 Washington (Freshmen, walk to the side of campus you’ve never been to before!)
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Superhuman Happiness Brings Superhuman Happiness To Eclectic Afrobeat Party

Some band names just work.

You may have missed it (some of you people just about missed it—despite a well-read event post and 439 Facebook attendees, this crowd never even nearly approached capacity), but Eclectic hosted one of the coolest shows of the semester last Saturday: a full-scale “motherfucking afrobeat-funk throwdown” straight outta 1972 (Fela Kuti whatup?). On the bill: newly formed Wes band Treasure Island; NYU- and Wes-based Emefe; and, most fantastically, Brooklyn-based Afrobeaters Superhuman Happiness, who played a relentlessly funky, inspired 90+-minute set featuring hugely acclaimed saxophonist Stuart D. Bogie.  (Side-note: Do follow that link to the group’s Bandcamp page. There you’ll find various recordings available for name-your-price download, including a 25-minute 2008 EP which nearly, if not quite fully, hints at the extended genre-bending funk grooves explored last Saturday at Eclectic.)