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Yaaba Funk

Gritty Brixton afrobeat, hi-life, broken beat + funk

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Imagine Fela Kuti’s legendary Shrine club relocated to South London.

Yaaba Funk! Vivid touches of contemporary London added to the 70s heyday of  Ghanaian Hi-Life. P-Funk style synth bass, psychedelic desert blues and deep percussion. Family Stone inflected horns and up front the vibrant high energy duo of Chief Commander Richmond Kessie and Helen ‘Lady Yaaba’ McDonald.

Yaaba Funk! Technicolour blasts of sound and vision. A sixteen legged groove machine that leaves not a stationary soul in sight.

2014 saw Yaaba Funk’s second album, My Vote Dey Count released by the excellent Sterns label, a Yaaba Funk remix competition run by French DJ  magazine Starwax and Yaaba Funk at WOMAD Charlton Park for the first time where, on the hottest day of the year they drew a packed crowd to the Radio 3/Charlie Gillett stage.

2014 ended with a collaborative show entitled Hi-Life with acclaimed Brixton-based painter Abe Odedina, one of whose works adorns the cover of Yaaba Funk’s My Vote Dey Count LP.

2015 sees plans for another collaborative show, this time with contemporary dance company Union Dance and a timely election year ‘My Vote Dey Count’ UK tour.

Vote with your hearts, your minds and your dancing feet! Vote Yaaba Funk!