Last week we brought in the New Year
AFRO FUNKE' style with our outrageous resident DJs
JEREMY SOLE & GLENN RED plus our host ROCKY DAWUNI
and special live percussion courtesy of KAHLIL CUMMINGS
of BALANDUGU KAN fame who never ceases to impress with
a style of African percussion all of his own!
This THURSDAY at ZANZIBAR we welcome back DJ and producer
OBaH all of the way from NYC to grace the decks which we are super excited
about! OBaH did an amazing remix of Rocky Dawuni's "Masterplan"
and has been part of the extended AFRO FUNKE' family
for a long time.
Also PLEASE come see some amazing photography at the beautiful
Creative Visions Foundation on the beach (on PCH just north of Topanga
Canyon Blvd on the second floor of the American Apparel Building )
for the closing of Cary Sullivan's "Soul Adventurer" Photography
Show on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 4 to 8pm. Free!
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world
Thursday, January 10, 2013
OBaH turned a family legacy into a profession, becoming a rising industry music producer
and highly sought after NYC DJ. OBaH stands for Oldskool Beats and Harmonies for a very good
reason: he’s the son of veteran NYC DJ/Musician/Professor and activist, Baba Chico, Growing up,
OBaH had the world’s best funk, jazz & soul records at his fingertips. Armed with his father’s epic
library of music, OBaH quickly made his mark on the NYC club scene, becoming the resident
DJ at several nightclubs in his native Brooklyn.
Quickly gaining respect and a solid fan base, his first big break came courtesy of world-renowned
DJ, Rich Medina, who invited OBaH to spin at his weekly party at the legendary APT club in the
Meatpacking district of NYC. Since then, OBaH has spun in well over 75 venues in NYC, across the
U.S. and abroad, and has DJ’d private parties for Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Donna Karan and
many other A-list celebrities. His talents have also been commissioned by brands including
Louis Vuitton, Vogue magazine, DKNY Jeans, Yahoo, Getty Images, as well as live performances
by hip hop legends KRS-ONE, and Brand Nubian, among a deep list of international bands and
DJ’s. In 2010 and 2011 OBaH was invited to represent NY as the official DJ for the “New York Stage”
of Czech Republic’s largest music festival “Colours of Ostrava”, where he provided opening,
closing and after party sets for a host of International artists.
While OBaH continues to spin on a weekly basis in NYC, he is also fast at work producing
remixes as well as original compositions for television and film. Several of his tracks have been
featured on networks including MTV, Bravo, HBO, NBC and A&E. NYC based production company
Interloc Films has enlisted OBaH to work as music supervisor for their first film, Wilde’Beast.
His remix for ESL recording artist Ocote Soul Sounds landed him a full page feature article in
DJ Times magazine (march 2010). He has also recorded an exclusive mix for Time Out NY’s
“homespun sessions” showcase which highlights premier DJ’s from across the globe. In 2008,
Dubspot records released “Funk Aid for Africa” which was compiled, mixed and executive
produced by OBaH. The compilation was highly acclaimed and a charitable success helping to
raise money for NextAid. OBaH participated in a national coast to coast tour supporting that
release, and is working on a follow up compilation scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.
OBaH is also hard at work on his debut EP which is also set for a summer 2012 release.
OBaH can also be heard on the Giant Step jukebox. His show “Recycled Funk” is archived on
their site. And when he isn’t rocking the party himself, he’s teaching aspiring DJ’s the craft as
a senior staff instructor at Dubspot, NYC’s preeminent electronic music production and
resident deejay:JEREMY SOLE
(KCRW / TheLift / Musaics)