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8 years ago, Bassist Wendell Rand (Afrolicious/Pleasuremaker, Tracorum, Youssoupha Sidibe) along with singer Victor Sila Mutungi, started Sila and the AfroFunk Experience (SAFE) as a World Music ensemble, working in local clubs, but eventually playing many notable festivals like EarthDance and San Francisco's annual Stern Grove Festival. SAFE were also winners of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album: “Black President” in 2009.
After an decision to part with Sila, AFE transformed itself into the Funk music powerhouse that now tours the West Coast of the United States.
Guitarist David James (Spearhead, The Coup) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise drumming of Paul Olipant with Wendell Rand's muscular dance grooves keep the band tight while saxophonist, David Boyce (Broun Fellinis) and trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses classic Wailers, afrobeat and R&B. On top of all this, recent addition Sandy House (Wade Love Band) adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.