ORLANDO JULIUS & THE AFRO SOUNDZ with Underground System


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Date(s) - Sep 25, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge


After more than a decade, AFROBEAT PIONEER, Orlando Julius returns to NYC this FRIDAY, Sept 25


with Underground System

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street  
Making his World Music Institute debut, Nigerian music legend Orlando Julius plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist, constantly pushing musical boundaries. Julius is one of the original Afrobeat pioneers, predating even Fela Kuti. Starting in the ’60s, he brought together traditional African sounds and rhythms with American pop, soul, and R&B. He spent many years in the United States collaborating with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela, and his voice has been an essential part of the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop. Julius recently released a widely praised album Jaiyede Afro, which The Guardian called a “rousing new set” and which WMI’s Par Neiburger calls “One of the best Afrobeat albums I’ve ever heard.” This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his 1966 release, Super Afro Soul, which made him a national celebrity in Nigeria. The record’s dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was ahead of its time, and arguably shaped the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years.

The evening’s opening act is Brooklyn-based Underground System. The culturally eclectic 11-member band, led by founder Peter Matson and Venezuelan-born front-woman Domenica Fossati, puts a New York spin on classic West African pop sound, inspired by Fela Kuti and a raw, uninhibited energy. Underground System appears as part of WMI’s new Global/Local initiative, which is dedicated to discovering and recognizing the international richness of the musicians and dancers living in the New York area.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door and are available online at http://lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/orlando-julius-september-25th-2015/



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