"The Afrofunk Experience: The recent winners of The NAACP Image Award's Outstanding World Music Album ""Black President"" and winners of The SF Weekly Music Award's Best International Act, were the band behind Sila and the Afrofunk Experience for 7 years, providing songs and killer grooves for Victor Sila Mutungi, and being dubbed ""The Bay Area's Dance Kings"" in the process. Delivering home grown AFROFUNK, AFROBEAT, REGGAE, AND ORIGINAL BAY AREA FUNK, the ensemble's well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, trumpet, and saxophone ensures a wide dynamic range.
Band co-founder, and bassist Wendell Rand (Pleasuremaker, Tracorum, Youssoupha Siddibe), leads the cast off with his muscular, low end dance grooves. Tasteful, precise and very funky drummer, Paul Oliphant,(The Frail, Funky Miracle) is a serious study in afrobeat/afrofunk drum work.
Candelaria: Formed in 2009, Candelaria has taken their version of Cumbia-dub and moved dance floors all over the West Coast. Combining the irresistible grooves of Colombian Cumbia with the psychedelic dub sthat is both new and fresh yet familiar at the same time. After performing this past summer at major festivals such as the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Lightning in a Bottle and touring from Portland Oregon to Ensenada Mexico, Candelaria is currently in the studio with Grammy award winning producer Greg Landau finishing up their second record. Combining the irresistible grooves of Colombian Cumbia with the psychedelic dub style techniques of the Jamaican studio masters, Candelaria has created a unique sound that is both new and fresh yet familiar at the same
time. Candelaria will both move your feet and blow your mind.