African Music Night Afro Funké Returns to Zanzibar in Santa Monica on Dec. 3

Afro Funké co-founder and host Rocky Dawuni
Afro Funké co-founder and host Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni and Cary Sullivan’s Afro Funké has provided African music lovers a place to celebrate the continent’s culture, art and joy for well over a decade. While it used to be weekly, the events now are more sporadic, which makes them all the more can’t-miss.

This “Winter Reunion” features the party’s longtime co-founder driving the decks: KCRW’s Jeremy Sole,known for rhythmic mixes he calls “musaics.” Sole spins hip-hop, jazz/funk, dub reggae, Afrobeat and remixed world beats, blended and bonded with tribal breaks and unique turntable treatments. DJ Glenn Red (La Junta) joins Sole on the decks.

Live instrumentation is a big part of Afro Funké, too, and this gathering offers live percussion by Kahlil Cummings. There’s also Afro-fusion dance, vendors and live painting.

1301 Fifth St., Santa Monica | Thu., Dec. 3, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $10 | 21+ |

Lina Lecaro is L.A. Weekly's nightlife correspondent and resident scene queen. Look for her weekly party picks in the music listings of L.A. Weekly's print edition, or bookmark the topic Lina in L.A. for all her online updates.

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