FUNKADESI: A YEAR IN REVIEW (Dec 6 2013-Dec 6 2014)
Folks, what a great year it’s been! As we celebrate our 18th year anniversary TONITE , we thought it would be fun to reflect on highlights since last year. We have to start with the wonderful Martyrs’ celebration this time last year,
In January, we were received wonderfully by the Tulsa Children’s Museum as we did an all-ages show there.
In February, we were thrilled to be named Artist-In-Residence by Lake Forest College, doing 3 days of workshops, classroom visits, and performances.
A highlight: the 2-part workshop entitled Drumming for Social Justice: Forming a Multicultural Drum Circle. The first night, we had eight people show up. The next night, we had 50!!!
Later in February, we performed (for the first time in YEARS) at the Chicago Music Awards, where we were honored to receive the award for Most Outstanding Group. We were thrilled to also be there for our very own guitarist Abdul Hakeem getting a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!!!
Fast forward a bit, and we get to do more of the innovative programming we’ve been preparing to do. In June, Camp Masala (a wonderful group of parents that have adopted or are going to adopt children of South Asian origin) wrote a grant to have us come out to St. Paul, MN, and do a performance and workshops on culture and identity, centering on the notion of “Cultural Fusion.” — and we were blown away by the response to us all talking about our own identities, and what fusion means to us, musically and culturally. Some folks were moved to tears, and when we left that banquet lunch after the workshops, we got a standing ovation! The post-weekend huddle at the airport shows you how much we were glowing after such a unique and delightful experience!
After that, we were all thrilled that Carlos followed through on the betrothal 😉 — a grand celebration it was! (As you can see, even the groom can’t stay away from jamming with the band!)