Uhuru Afrika Annual White Party Feat Siji Live!

Uhuru Afrika: Boston’s Afro-Diasporic Dancefloor Explosion Celebrates with our Third Annual White Party on Saturday April 16th 2010 9-1am (21+ $10 Cover) at the AllAsia Bar 344 Mass Avenue in Cambridge, MA. This year Resident Uhuru Afrika Urban Griots Adam Gibbons & Max Pela, Malian Master Percussionist Sidy Maiga, Media specialist Jay Medina and photographer Jairo Cruz welcome International Nigerian AfroSoul Artist SIJI.
More on Siji: Siji in our world should need no introduction. His vocal, production and songwriting styles are unique and set him apart from the many. However it is important for us to give you a peek into his roots to see why he is so relevant to be welcomed to the house of Uhuru Afrika. We are very excited for this opportunity to have in person to perform live for you his songs that we have been spinning at Uhuru Afrika over the years.
Growing up in both Lagos, Nigeria and London, UK, Siji’s own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and Juju king, Sunny Ade, as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding. His parents, in particular, his father, loved music, but like most children of hardworking immigrants, Siji was urged by them to pursue a career in the professional fields of medicine or law. But the lure of the music was too strong. In the nineties, when London was bursting at the seams with new music and groups like Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and D-Influence dominated the scene, Siji’s attention was captured and having taught himself piano, percussion and acoustic bass. he began to follow his passion for making and recording his own music. In his career, Siji has worked on projects with Osunlade, King Britt and Rich Medina. He has produced music for the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, and classic R&B vocalist Patti Labelle and has contributed songwriting and production to Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Vinia Mojica and Wunmi.
We welcome any media coverage for Uhuru Afrika events. If you have any questions or would like to attend an event, please contact me at 857-492-6789 or woolley_annemarie@yahoo.com

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