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KCRW Summer Nights with Grand Performances: Afro Funke’ 20 Year Anniversary ft. Rocky Dawuni, Buyepongo, Glenn Red, and KCRW’s Jeremy Sole


July 22, 2023 • 6:00 pm PDT

KCRW Member Perk:KCRW Members have access to VIP Balcony Seating AND a VIP onstage viewing area. KCRW Members also receive 20% off at the bar and discounts on KCRW merch (up to 30% off!)!

KCRW & the iconic Grand Performances are teaming up for an extraordinary night in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Afro Funke’! Come celebrate the legacy of the once weekly party night that turned global, with live performances from Rocky Dawuni and Buyepongo, plus DJ sets from Afro Funke’ resident DJs Glenn Red, and Jeremy Sole (resident KCRW DJ too!). Join us for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian, Indian, Jamaican and other traditional and remixed world rhythms, plus African drumming and dancing, DJ Culture, arts & crafts and much more!

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Afro Funke’ founder, Rocky Dawuni with his full 10 piece “Afro Roots Band” will headline the night. The three-time GRAMMY nominated musician and activist, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. 

Hometown favorites, Buyepongo make contemporary pan-Latin music in the style they intriguingly call “buyangú” — an eclectic but cohesive mezcla of global beats and spicy flavors influenced by their California home base as well as the band members’ travels to Central and South America.  

Grand Performances, the longest running presenter of free outdoor concerts in Los Angeles, is returning this year to the newly renovated California Plaza in DTLA for its 37th season! Grand Performances mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts.

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