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The Afrofunk Experience

The Afrofunk Experience, recent winners for The NAACP Image Award's Best World Music Album "Black President" and winners of The SF Weekly Music Award's Best International Act, have been the band behind Sila and the Afrofunk Experience for the past 7 years, providing songs and killer grooves for Victor Sila Mutungi, and being dubbed "The Bay Area's Dance Kings" in the process. Home grown Afrofunk, AFROBEAT, REGGAE, AND ORIGINAL BAY AREA FUNK" The ensemble's well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and a trio of horns ensures a wide dynamic range. Band co-founder, and bassist Wendell Rand (Pleasuremaker, Afrolicious), leads the cast off with his muscular, low end dance grooves. Guitarist David James (Beth Custer), former six-string slinger for the Coup and Michael Franti's Spearhead, brings his explorative, sinewy, rhythmic approach to counter guitarist Ken Houses' (H. P. Riot, Wade Love Band), chunky funk rhythms and funk metal solos that recall the heyday of Parliament-Funkadelic. Saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis, Ronkat Spearman), trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie, Joe louis Walker), and trombonist Andre Webb (Howard Wiley), also "evoke powerful touchstones, from classic Wailers to Ethiopian-style R&B of the early '70s. Recently added Drummer Paul Oliphant has honed his intensely spirited drum style playing rock and funk in bands like (Meters cover band) Funky Miracle and Colorado band, Red House. AFE would like to introduce dynamic and powerfully sultry, lead vocalist, Sandy Tili (Wade Love band) There's a deep soulfulness here and the implication of cross-cultural solidarity."