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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.)