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SILA

- US San Francisco, CA Pop / Funk / Afro Pop

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Label: Visila Records

Manager: Mary Goree, Coral Riff

Bio: SILA, winner of the 2010 NAACP Image Awards & the 2009 San Francisco Weekly Music Awards, has been called "Kenyan funk master" (San Francisco Chronicle) & "Africa's James Brown" (Oakland Post), draws inspiration from Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti while distinguishing himself by incorporatin... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: Looking forward to rocking Seahorse on Saturday, May 31st. Bring your dancing shoes! http://t.co/s04iSFmlts

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Sila Releases Debut Solo Si...
Aug 31, 2010
“When we put ourselves in other people's shoes, we can do amazing things. When w... [more]
Sila and the Afrofuk Experi...
Oct 13, 2008
Eleven years after his death, the legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti lives on. Born o... [more]
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  • Sat

    Jun 21


    Sausalito, CA, US | 5:00pm

    Sausalito, CA, US
    Sat Jun 21 5:00pm

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    SILA Category:Art/Entertainment/MusicDescription Super African Bio for sites: Hailed as Africas James Brown, Sila has made an immediate and lasting impact on the music world. As a 2010 NAACP Award winner for his last record, Sila has delved deep into his soul, taking cues from his musical idols Fela and Bob Marley to create a fiery new record that resounds with inspiration and positivity while speaking to issues of adversity and struggle. Set to hit February 25, SuperAfrican boasts rhythms and a groove that are so uniquely Sila that it will no doubt have you dancing through each and every listen. Sila will also be releasing a comic book titled SuperAfrican, which visually explores many of the same themes and ideas that are woven throughout his album. The comic book, written by Eric K. Arnold, focuses on a young African superhero who takes on villains in African settings, from refugee camps to diamond mines. Sila'ss goal is to offer youth in Africa a superhero who not only looks like them, but also fights the evils they know all too well. All net proceeds from the sale of the comic book will go to onemama.org, a non-profit organization that provides a self-sustaining medical clinic that promotes safe birthing environments; family and financial planning; and trade, craft and agricultural education in Kirindi, Uganda. OneMamas goal is to raise funds to build a library for its community center, where youth and adults can obtain books and other reading materials not only for entertainment but also for education and health-related information. The Kenyan-born artist, who has lived in San Francisco for the last decade, harked back to his childhood in a rural village near Nairobi for inspiration while making the new album. The result is a twelve-track offering that shimmers, pulses and throbs with earnest and heartfelt expressions of American pop, R&B, soul and funk, filtered through an Afropop prism.SuperAfrican features all live instrumentation and showcases the contributions of world-class Bay Area musicians, including members of Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sting, and Jazz Mafia, among others. With SuperAfrican, Sila has made an album suitable for making love, wrestling lions, or enjoying a night out. Its the latest step in a journey that has taken him from Africa to the United States to Europe, and back again, while allowing him to share his own story with the world.

  • Sun

    Mar 16


    Santa Cruz, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Santa Cruz, CA, US
    Sun Mar 16 8:00pm

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    Superafrican CD release with La Gente

  • Sat

    Mar 15


    Mill Valley, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Mill Valley, CA, US
    Sat Mar 15 8:00pm

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    Hailed as “Africa’s James Brown,” Sila has made an immediate and lasting impact on the music world. As a 2010 NAACP Award winner for his last record, Sila has delved deep into his soul, taking cues from his musical idols Fela and Bob Marley to create a fiery new record that resounds with inspiration and positivity while speaking to issues of adversity and struggle. Set to hit February 25, SuperAfrican boasts rhythms and a groove that are so uniquely Sila that it will no doubt have you dancing through each and every listen. Sila will also be releasing a comic book titled SuperAfrican, which visually explores many of the same themes and ideas that are woven throughout his album. The comic book, written by Eric K. Arnold, focuses on a young African superhero who takes on villains in African settings, from refugee camps to diamond mines. Sila's’s goal is to offer youth in Africa a superhero who not only looks like them, but also fights the evils they know all too well. All net proceeds from the sale of the comic book will go to onemama.org, a non-profit organization that provides a self-sustaining medical clinic that promotes safe birthing environments; family and financial planning; and trade, craft and agricultural education in Kirindi, Uganda. OneMama’s goal is to raise funds to build a library for its community center, where youth and adults can obtain books and other reading materials not only for entertainment but also for education and health-related information. The Kenyan-born artist, who has lived in San Francisco for the last decade, harked back to his childhood in a rural village near Nairobi for inspiration while making the new album. The result is a twelve-track offering that shimmers, pulses and throbs with earnest and heartfelt expressions of American pop, R&B, soul and funk, filtered through an Afropop prism.SuperAfrican features all live instrumentation and showcases the contributions of world-class Bay Area musicians, including members of Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sting, and Jazz Mafia, among others. With SuperAfrican, Sila has made an album suitable for making love, wrestling lions, or enjoying a night out. It’s the latest step in a journey that has taken him from Africa to the United States to Europe, and back again, while allowing him to share his own story with the world. Native Elements San Francisco's reggae favorite Native Elements (now in their 10th year as a cohesive unit) never fail to bring positivity and niceness to all of their music gatherings. As recording artist's they spin a curious fabric of lovers rock, roots and conscious dancehall wrapped cozily in a bright "frisco-pino" treatment. A family before anything else Native Elements strives to make their show a warm and inviting experience for all; young and old, blue and green and everything in between. Native Elements are a collective of musicians and singers who have been performing professionally in different settings for over a decade. The culturally diverse music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area has fueled their creative flow from the start. After explorations with rock, funk, blues, and r&b, Native Elements has set their repertoire firmly in the roots-reggae tradition. They combine their colorful influences into an amalgamation of positive, vibrant music that speaks from the heart. The magnetic music of Native Elements has been emanating from Bay Area clubs and outdoor festivals, for many years with Humboldts world renowned "Reggae on the River", San Franciscos "Reggae in the Park", and the "Monterey Bay ReggaeFest" festivals being the most recent. They have shared the stage with a host of world renowned acts including Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, Culture, Toots & the Maytals, Black Uhuru, Pato Banton, Lucky Dube, Eek a Mouse, Yellowman, Big Mountain, and Gregory Isaacs among many others. Recently, featured on the DEBUT movie soundtrack, Native Elements has been reaching audiences around the globe with their conscious music. Their contagious harmonies and powerful rhythms have won over praise from musicians, fans and critics alike. Even some of the most discriminating Jamaican ears have found Native Elements' sound to be as authentic and genuine as their staple of music back home. In 2009 the Native Elements Band released their third album "Sign of the Times" which features The Mighty Diamonds on the title track. The diversity of singing and melodic universal rhythms bring forth a fresh element of native, roots reggae to the Bay Area music scene.

  • Fri

    Mar 14


    San Francisco, CA, US | 8:00pm

    San Francisco, CA, US
    Fri Mar 14 8:00pm

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    Superafrican CD Release tour

  • 2013

    Mar 9


    Munich, DE | 10:30pm

    Munich, DE
    Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:30pm

    Details

    SILA SILA Samstag, 09.03.2013Einlass: 20:00 | Beginn: 22:30+ AftershowpartyTickets: VVK 35,00 € inkl. Geb. Veranstalter: Organize Isler Events & Concerts Tickets bestellen

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  • Song Plays 13,052

  • Video Plays 12,820

  • Total Fans 17,053 +1

  • ReverbNation Fans 287 +1

  • Facebook Likes 8,855

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  • YouTube Subscribers 184

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