Funkadesi Anniversary Concert Fri, Dec 6 with Trio Mokili and more!!!

Funkadesi celebrates 17 years!!  Back at one of Chicago’s finest sounding music venues that has hosted Funkadesi all these years . . . MARTYRS!  9pm show.  $15 in advance; $18 at the door.  21+.  Opening for Funkadesi that night is

Trio Mokili  (inspired & jazz-influenced interpretations of African dance songs, featuring members of Occidental Brothers).

Thrilled that long-time  Funkadesi friend and trans-global groovemaster


will be spinning before and after the live music!!!!  In keeping with Funkadesi tradition, many more guest musicians & dancers will also be featured.  A not-to-be-missed event!!!!

Martyrs’ is at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., just south of the Irving/Damen/Lincoln intersection.  Ample parking available.  Great food at Martyrs’ and nearby!


Drums from Around the World: Workshop in the Woods at Blissfest

Join Funkadesi drummers Sunday 11am for a fun, interactive Drums from Around the World: The Indo-Afro-Caribbean Connection at the Blissfest Drum Kiva . . . in the woods!

This exciting interactive workshop will highlight North Indian drumming; Latin/Caribbean rhythmic traditions (spanning Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, & other Latin/Caribbean countries); and West African & African-American rhythmic traditions.  After each of these skillful percussionists teaches the various rhythms through multi-instrumental demonstration, they show how cultures can interact through rhythm.  The workshop then involves teaching the audience how to chant the rhythms of each rhythmic tradition, thus creating the Indo-Afro-Caribbean connection.   The workshop climaxes with a flurry of improvisation by the Funkadesi drummers on top of the audience’s chant.

4 drummers