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Date(s) - Sep 25, 2015 - Sep 26, 2015
10:00 pm - 3:00 am

Meridian 23


Come party with the Afrobeat Legend after his performance in NYC!

World Music Institute presents: The Official After Party! With DJ Eli Fola & DJ Fols at the Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, NYC). Tickets at the door $15

Following an unforgettable performance by Nigerian afrobeat legend, Orlando Julius at Le Poisson Rouge, hop on the 1 train just three stops away for the after-party at NYC’s home for international soul. The night will include music from DJ Fols and DJ Eli Fola spinning all your afrobeat favorites.  The after-party will be hosted by Kunle Ade. Link for info:


Orlando Julius

Few artists have been more crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Starting in the ’60s, Julius was fusing traditional African sounds and rhythms with those of American pop, soul, and R&B. Aside from performing and recording in his native Nigeria, he spent many years in the United States working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela. His 1966 effort,Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and even went so far as to influence music in the United States. The record’s dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was very much ahead of its time, and some say that Super Afro Soulhelped shape the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years. AfterSuper Afro Soul, Julius released a long list of records exclusively in Nigeria and from them received a great amount of local fame. He went largely unnoticed by the international community until 2000, when Super Afro Soul was re-released on Strut and distributed throughout the world to wide critical acclaim. In 2011, his 1972 album Orlando Julius and the Afro Sounders was reissued by Voodoo Funk, and the artist increased his live activity at home and abroad. In early 2014, the Heliocentrics brought him to their all-analog studio in North London, where they backed him in a series of recordings that featured vintage tunes that had never been recorded as well as new compositions. 



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