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Issue III.XIV www.africaustoday.dotcom.wordpress.com 312/880-7016 September-October 2013 U.S.- $4.99 Canada- $5.99 London- 3 Pounds
City of Chicago celebrates Multi- Grammy award winner, Chaka Khanâ€™s 60th birthday and 40 years in Music business Managing Nigeria Road/Rail Transportation for Economic and Social Development Forum Scenes from Summer Black World Music Festival
Americaâ€™s Supermarket Dilemma
EbonyLife TV- Nigerian Woman Mosunmola Abudu launches Entertainment TV Network
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Publisher’s Opinion: Spiritual Vitamins: Our God Is Awesome, He moved very sporadically at the African Festival of Arts 2013 Olawale Idreez, Publisher
After completed four of five days volunteered at the Moody’s Church (TMC) with more than 450 beautiful children from all walks of life, participated in Kids Summer Blast Fest, these children not only have great summer time, (and perhaps had the best time of their young lives), but they were also anointed and empowered; that they absolutely look like they were ready to turn a great city of Chicago into New Jerusalem. Yes! New Jerusalem, that is void of unnecessary violence, that steadily keeping the young and talented persons, that could be very productive in their respective families and communities; rather than flooding the lucrative prison system business; and to set a stage for the returning of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! As if that was not enough fun in one week, then someone turned the Radio to FM 90.1, and I heard two of the gospel greatest songs, “Jesus, Lover of my soul……. I’ll never let You go…..” coupled with, ‘I’m Deeply in Love with You, Precious Jesus…..I’m deeply in love with You, O Lord…..”. I felt like someone had just deposited that $448 million (with nine zeros; the lotto jackpot that was just won in New Jersey last week), into my spiritual bank account. That is to say, it felt soooo good. Seriously! I just have to get that out of my system, for the synopsis. Our God is truly awesome in Chicago. He caused the abundant of rain to grace the land at the Washington Park (Chicago) at the 24th Annual celebration of African Festival of the Arts during the Labor Day weekend. As a writer born, raised, seasoned, and breast-fed in one of the most colorful and charming oil-favorable production nations called Nigeria (I
love and hail thee, Nigeria – Happy Independence Day, Oct 1st in advance); it is the old adage belief that said, “When you put your humble request in prayer and supplication to Almighty God. And He replied with a sign of abundant of rain; or more abundantly with Rainbow (as in the days of Prophet Noah, after the Great Flood. Or as in days of Great Prophet Elijah, which rained for 3 1/2 years consecutively after the previous 3 1/2 drought in the land). That is a sign of favor”. I humbly had no choice, but jumping and singing one of the gospel greats, “Healing Rain is falling”. On the other side of the token, he can answer with fire to consume his enemies. But our God is awesome, that, he graced our land with abundant of rain at the 24th annual Festival of the Arts. Unfortunately, the sponsors of the event were initially nervous because of the non-stop pouring down. Who wouldn’t be? Then I witnessed four people that evening, while it was pouring down, who refused to stop praising the Lord; and assuring the vendors, that everything was going to be alright, That, after the flood, there must be rainbow. True enough, Our God is awesome. The next two days, brought a sigh of relief. The Blues legend, Otis Clay band took the stage, and mesmerized his audience with different tunes. It was a different Blues tune at the Washington Park in Chicago. Of course, it was Labor Day, and we know Chicago celebrates it big time. As if that was not enough good time rolling, on the final day of the festival, two of the world’s fabulous sensational artists, Senabella, the gorgeous and fabulous singer from the Bronzeville, Chicago dazzled the audience with her passionate jazz classics. Her music was the food of love, that suffeitted my appetite, like that king in the Shakespear story,” As you like it”. I had to be selfish, and not calling my friend, Mr. John Smith, the editor-in-chief. I guessed he was too busy taking photos of Gov. Pat Quinn, who graciously paid courtesy visit to the festival right
before the young and talented singer, “Brandy” got the over-crowded spectators, screaming and chanting, “Brandy, Brandy, and Brandy!” and flashing their ipod and apps and videos lighted the Washington Park like the lightings that struck on the previous days. Seriously, it was off-the-chain. I must admit, even if the winners of that lotto jackpot in New Jersey transferred their $ 448 million into my humble account, I’m not sure if I’ll be happier……..em, em, em! Stop laughing, please. Anyway, the 24th African Festival of the Arts season ended with much gratitude to God, and to the organizers of the events, and the board. I was supposed to have interviewed Mr. Pat. Woodtor, the founder of the event, who lost his wife years back, but humble enough, to carry on legacy to benefit the Chicagoans, and the global entertainers, who travelled from far and near, and received their money’s worth in Chi-Town, a city I love so much, I barely missed proposing to her to marry me at the Grant Park’s events of all events, the Lollapalooza. The only two words I can utter to Mr. Woodtor, was “Congratulations, sir”. And we hope the next year commemorating the quarter of a century, will be superlatively elaborate than this, God willing, reflecting all the works and great people that invented and participated in this event that benefitted mankind. And Pa David Olupitan, Dr. Ewa, Dr. Amuwo, Mr. Abdul Brimah, Ms. Kelly Price, Mr. Washington, Ms. Lakeisha, Ms. Barbara Kensey, and the writer agreed together, and said, “Amen to that!” Olawale Idreez is the publisher and founder of Africa-US Today Magazine. He can be reached at email: email@example.com, or 312-880-7016. www.issuu.com/jesmithphoto; Please read our next editorial opinion: “True Message of Movie, The Whte House Down”. Jamie Foxx is not only talented, but superbly hilarious.
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CHICAGO CELEBRATES CHAKA KHAN’S 60TH BIRTHDAY & 40 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is looking forward to a celebration of a lifetime. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, jazz and classical. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is revered by millions of fans as well as her peers for her timeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. The late, great Miles Davis often said, “She [Chaka] sings like my horn.” And the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin says, “[Chaka] is a one- of- a -kind, premier vocalist.” Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka’s recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalogue song placements. Early on, she caught the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who penned her first smash hit with Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good.” The single from the group’s 1974 platinum-selling album, Rags to Rufus, earned Chaka her first GRAMMY® Award. With Chaka as the group’s dynamic center, Rufus became one of the most popular acts around selling out shows throughout the country and dominating the airwaves with hit after hit with songs such as “You Got the Love,” which Chaka co-wrote, “Once You Get Started,” “Sweet Thing,” “Everlasting Love,” “Do You Love What You Feel?” and “Ain't Nobody,” Chaka’s second GRAMMY Award-winning song with Rufus. Rufus and Chaka Khan racked up five RIAA certified gold and platinum albums during their time together. It was inevitable that a singer with Chaka's star power would eventually venture out on her own. In 1978, Chaka blazed onto the music scene as a solo artist with the release of the smash hit “I'm Every Woman” written byAshford & Simpson. Paired with the late producer extraordinaire, Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler), her catalog grew even more impressive with hits such as “Clouds,” “Papillon,” and “What 'Cha Gonna Do For Me?” It was during this time that Chaka began pursuing her love of jazz. She and Arif brilliantly re-worked the classic song “Night in Tunisia” with the song’s originator, Dizzy Gillespie, on trumpet. Chaka also recorded an album of jazz standards titled Echoes of an Era, which featured such luminaries as Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Her crowning achievement in jazz was the GRAMMY® Award-winning tune, “Be Bop Medley.” The song’s album, titled Chaka Khan, also won a GRAMMY® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. However, the song that made Chaka Khan a household name and propelled her to superstardom the world over was “I Feel For You,” written and first performed by Prince. This chart-topping, GRAMMY® Award-winning song also made music history. Released in 1984, it was the first R&B song to feature a rap, which was performed by Grandmaster Melle Mel. Chaka also topped the charts with “This Is My Night” and the instant classic, “Through The Fire.” Now in top demand, Chaka lent her voice and producer skills to two of the biggest hits of 1986, Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love.” Both were GRAMMY®-winning songs. In 1995, she made her musical theater debut on London’s West End, where she starred in Mama I Want to Sing. In 2002 she traveled to Las Vegas, where she starred in Signed, Sealed Delivered, a critically-acclaimed mus ical based on the music of Stevie Wonder. Her Broadway debut came in 2008, when she took over the role of Sofia in Oprah Winfrey’s musical The Color Purple. During her career, she has collaborated with a long list of artists in diverse genres. Collaborators have included Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steve Winwood, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Larry Graham, the London Symphony Orchestra and countless others. Chaka has received a steady stream of accolades for both her artistry and philanthropy. In June, 2012, she was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, joining previously inducted music greats such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Harrison, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Donna Summer and Kathleen Battle. In 2011, she was honored for her legendary career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During the same year, Chaka was honored with the United Negro College Fund’s An Evening of
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September 9-12, 2013
8:00am – 3:00pm
James R. Thompson Center – Auditorium (2 nd Floor) 8:00-8:30am
Registration General Session Welcome David Olupitan, CACC Vice-Chairman General Remarks Chief Mrs. Shoda Laraba & Co. Introduction of Nigeria Delegation Cristal Adam
Thomas, Deputy Governor - State of Illinois Pollett, Director – DCEO
Andre Ashmore, Deputy Secretary Illinois Department of Transportation
General Session 1 – Moderated by Dr. Ewa I. Ewa, Chief Financial Officer Human Rights Commission Transportation, An Economic Development Asset
Bola Delano, Deputy Director, Planning and Programming, Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT — Multi-modal Planning & Transportation Bill King, Professor – UIC, Infrastructure-Special Projects
Rules and Regulations Governing Road Safety Kathleen Widmer – Illinois Secretary of State
Transportation Funding (General Overview) Jeffrey South, PE - Bureau Chief, Statewide Program Planning
Break / Lunch Traffic Safety & Management Priscilla A. Tobias, PE – State Safety Engineer/Bureau Chief
Highways – Maintenance and Management Dionne Winesberry, South Area Maintenance Operations Manager Hiram White, Team Section Technician (Bishop Ford Yard) Railway Management — How It Works Sam Tuck, Bureau Chief – IDOT
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CONTINENTAL AFRICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN COOPERATION WITH
SILVER ROCK GLOBAL INVESTMENT SERVICES LTD. NIGERIA EMBASSY OF NIGERIA WASHINGTON, D.C. THE COMMERCIAL SERVICE OF THE U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE THE STATE OF IL DEPT. OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES COOK COUNTY GLOBAL MARKET PLACE CITY OF CHICAGO DEPT OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PRESENT
MANAGING NIGERIA LAND TRANSPORTATION FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM Sept 9TH-13 TH 2013 MONDAY AND TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH AND 10TH (SEMINAR) 8:30AM TO 2:30 P.M. AT 2ND FLOOR, STATE OF IL BUILDING JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER 100 W. RANDOLPH STREET CHICAGO, IL 60601
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Managing Nigeria Road/Rail Transportation for Economic and Social Development Forum This is Nigeria Transportersâ€™ capacity building and study tour of U.S. transportation systems which will open doors for export of road transportation/rail equipments to Nigeria. Once again, we have created another opportunity for many American businesses to meet qualified African businesses with capacity to do business with their counterparts. Africa is the last development frontier in the world, with about 1 billion in population and no less than 400 million middle class, and very rich in mineral and natural resources. Today America is losing market share in Africa to the countries of BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) because these countries marketed Africa to their business communities as a trade and investment destination. On the contrary, American media has projected Africa to American businesses as a continent filled with all the negative things like wars, poverty, and disease, and with lack of purchasing power. But Africa is very rich in mineral, natural, and human resources today. There are about 56,000 American companies doing business in China with a single company of Wal-Mart doing about $18 billion turnover annually. Europe runs an annual trade deficit of $100 billion with China. These are among the reasons for the rapid development of China. African countries are working hard to improve business environments to attract western companies to bring accelerated economic development to Africa. The low level of U.S. investment in Africa can be reversed through an increase of private-sector or commercial loans from U.S.A. to deserving entrepreneurs in Africa. Private sector is the engine of growth of any economy. Africa should be an investment destination for the Americans. The Diaspora community should lead the majority to Africa. America is still the only superpower of the world, the strongest economy in the world that has everything that African countries need for their development. Chicago is the hub of financial services, manufacturing industries, transportation network, tourism, and a world-class international airport that serves as a gateway to the world. It is becoming clear and certain daily that the U.S.A. has to educate the American business community aggressively about the great potentials in Africa, particularly in the non-oil sector. Most countries if not all the countries that are growing today are focusing on the African countries in addition to their home economies, and America should do the same. Thinking globally, think Africa, and please invest and trade with Nigeria.
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America's Supermarket Dilemma: Plenty of Shoppers, yet Share of Packaged Foods Still on the Decline Hartman Strategy report answers the question on how CPG companies can stop the free fall and revitalize growth BELLEVUE, Wash. â€“ The "super" is being drained from the average American supermarket's growth engine through a steady volume shift away from traditional grocery channels and into discount channels. A new report titled Reimagining the American Supermarket for a New Era in Food Culture finds packaged food and beverage declining in volume across the U.S. supermarkets. The report from Hartman Strategy, a leading innovation and strategy consultancy serving major food and beverage companies, closely examines how this primary food retailing channel can isolate and build new sources of growth. "Pantry-stocking categories are not driving supermarket growth as volumes continue to migrate to discount channels," saidJames Richardson, Ph.D., the top executive at Hartman Strategy and author of the report. "What we believe is that C PG companies can partner with supermarket chains, large and small, to reverse the channel decline." "Our category-level analysis reveals that almost 20 percent of sales volume is in low-velocity categories that underutilize shelf space," Richardson added. "Supermarket velocities are worse in markets with lower income and heavy saturation of discounters." The Reimagining the American Supermarket report examines the historical roots of the rise to prominence of the supermarket in America and the transformation from the purveyor of dry, bulk, unpackaged goods to packaged, prepared foods and the supersizing of center store. The report's results illustrate that top-growing packaged foods and beverages in today's supermarket channel are healthy beverages, snacks, and contemporary cooking ingredients for simple meals. "Fastest-growing supermarket channels position themselves exclusively upmarket or exclusively downmarket, or they manage each store location to the relevant market extreme," noted Richardson. Reimagining the American Supermarket provides an in-depth assessment of the current state of the supermarket channel, including the super-fresh perimeter, the packaged core of the supermarket, supermarket magnet categories, and performance segments within the supermarket. It offers strategic thoughts on how to "reimagine" today's supermarkets for the future. A free copy of the report can be downloaded from Hartman Strategy's website. About the Report Reimagining the American Supermarket for a New Era in Food Culture is a comprehensive analysis of the state of the supermarket in the U.S. marketplace and provides an industry-insider's analysis of the categories and segments within the store with an upside or downside opportunity. The report is authored by James Richardson, the top executive at Hartman Strategy, and is the latest installment of Hartbeat EXEC , a free quarterly report for executives within major U.S. food and beverage companies. A full copy of the report can be downloaded from Hartman Strategy's website. About Hartman Strategy Hartman Strategy works exclusively with the largest and most-respected food and beverage companies to identify, create, and seize growth opportunities that align with America's constantly evolving food culture. Hartman Strategy consultants partner with senior executives to develop long-term, incremental growth strategies that enable each client to capitalize on both current and emerging market demand. The company is singularly focused on the food and beverage industry and provides clients with access to three decades of research on eating behavior, consumer demand, and business strategy. Our core capabilities include: corporate innovation strategy; analysis of market trends in U.S. food culture; and investment guidance on early-stage food and beverage companies.
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EbonyLife TV: Nigerian woman Mosunmola ‘Mo’ Abudu launches entertainment TV network by Michelle Faul, Associated Press | July 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM
In this photo taken Sunday June 30, 2013, Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, left, and Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV pose for photographers during the launch of Africa’s first global black entertainment network in Lagos, Nigeria. In this photo taken Sunday June 30, 2013, Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, left, and Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV pose for photographers during the launch of Africa’s first global black entertainment network in Lagos, Nigeria.In this photo taken Sunday June 30, 2013, Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, left, and Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV pose for photographers during the launch of Africa’s first global black entertainment network in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) 2 of 5
AGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.
Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu wants EbonyLife TV to inspire Africans and the rest of the world, and change how viewers perceive the continent. The network’s programming tackles women’s daily life
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subjects — everything from sex tips to skin bleaching. “Not every African woman has a pile of wood on her head and a baby strapped to her back!” the glamorous Abudu, 48, told The Associated Press from a hotel’s penthouse floor against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and high-rise buildings flanked by palm and almond trees.
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Dominican University Presents Black World Music Festival River Forest, IL –Dominican University will host a Black World Music Festival, featuring cultural performances from African-American, African, and Caribbean musicians and dancers, on Saturday, October 5 from 6-11 p.m. in the Lund Auditorium on Dominican's Main Campus, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest. Cultural performances reflecting various black world nationalities include the Caribbean Gizzae Reggae Band, the Ghanaian Sankofa Dance Ensemble, the Cameroonian Mankon Cultural Group, the Nigerian Wawa Children’s Ojionu Dance Group and Ngwa Masquerade, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and L.Y.R.I.C. (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) Group. Tickets for this program are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and free for children. All proceeds from the tickets will support a scholarship fund for Dominican students studying Black World Studies. Dominican hosted its first Black World Music Festival in 2011. From those ticket sales and contributions from the Black World Studies Elders Council and the Dominican community, $25,000 was raised to support the scholarship. The University then matched the contribution for a total of $50,000. The Elder’s Council’s goal this year is to raise another $50,000. To purchase tickets for the Festival, contact the Dominican University Performing Arts Center Box Office at (708) 488-5000 or visit dom.edu/pac. For additional information, contact Nkuzi Nnam, professor of philosophy and director of the Black World Studies program, at (312) 927-4725 or (708) 524-6952. Jessica Mackinnon Director of Public Information Dominican University 7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 524-6289 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bud Biligan Annual Back-to-school parade is the largest Black parade in the United States John E. Smith Jr. Photography
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The Wilburn sisters came to Chicago and the African Arts Festival (held during the Labor Day weekend), sassy, flashy and full of energy. They brought their original fashion designs that are versatile, beautiful, stylish and colorful. Carolyn and Janice were born and raised in Jackson, TN. They are the youngest of seven sisters. Their mother Elizabeth, a single parent learned to sew from her mother as they made clothes and did alterations for the police department and others throughout the city. Janice remembers having the job of picking up scrapes at 2 years of age. The family has been in business for over 50 years. As young women they both moved to Heildlberg, Germany to live with and older sister. In Germany they became the personal designers for a German woman. Later Carolyn moved to Paris and furthered her fashion design career. They have established a factory in Lithia Springs, GA, and they travel throughout the United States modeling, displaying, and selling their creations. They sell worldwide, specializing in designs for all occasions including; weddings, cruises, fancy parties, balls and red carpet affairs. The atmosphere around the Wilburn sisters was full of life, joy, excitement and awe as women of all sizes and ages found flattering fashions that made them feel beautiful and attractive. They say their designs soothe the soul. The overall vision for Wilbourn Sisters Design, Inc, is “Mother’s Legacy.” They aspire to pass on the sewing and design to future generations. You can find Wilbourn Sisters Original Designs in Macy’s/Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, GA and other specialty boutiques throughout the United States. To shop online go to: www.etsy.com/shop/wilbournsisters AFRICA US TODAY 27
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One Creative Summer project gives CPS Students Positive Male Role Models, marketable skills
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Chicago Public School students- mostly from Crane High School participated in the One Creative Summer program, as part of the City of Chicagoâ€™s Summer Youth Program. Classes were held at One Stop Production, 340 N. Ogden, in Chicagoâ€™s west loop. Class instructors were John E. Smith Jr., Renard Allison, and Bryan Spencer, & Executive Producer was Robert L. Scott Sr.. The 6 week paid summer internship takes students through the process of photography, and filmmaking. The students setup lights,equipment, sound, direct, shoot, edit, interview and get a sense of being a part of a production team. Each student chooses a job in pre-production, production, and post production that gives them a sense of working with the equipment, teamwork, and having positive male role models. AFRICA US TODAY 29
BABÁ KEN OKULOLO BIOGRAPHY and DISCOGRAPHY “In Africa, music is created to help people rise above the pain and suffering of daily life, to transcend all evils with the joy of music.” -- Babá Ken Nigerian master musician Babá Ken Okulolo is one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history and traditions. As a bandleader and educator, he spreads a universal, uplifting message, sharing the healing magic of African music with every audience, while preserving and imparting its techniques with accuracy and integrity. Babá Ken’s early career spans the Nigerian palm-wine, highlife, Afrobeat, and Afro-rock eras. He is known for early stints with many Nigerian music legends, including A frobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen, Dr. Victor Olaiya , Steve Rhodes, Orlando Julius and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono. The Nigerian Journalists’ Association has five times voted Okulolo the country’s best bassist. He is the founder of the international super-group KOTOJA. Now based in the U.S., his warm, smiling personality enlivens three distinct groups: the excit ing AFROGROOVE CONNEXION, the all-star WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND, and the acoustic NIGERIAN BROTHERS. He teaches African percussion, instrumental techniques and music appreciation to students of all ages, and he is an instructor at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program.
Babá Ken was born into the Urhobo ethnic group in Nigeria’s Delta Region, to a family of traditional dancers and musicians. His small fishing village was surrounded by deep forests and placid lagoons traveled by dugout canoes. There, he was steeped in the traditional parables, stories, rhythms and songs of his people. He learned the arts of drumming, song and dance from his parents and elders. At eight years of age, he was sent to the city of Warri to be educated in the Anglican missionary schools. While living with relatives and undergoing the exacting discipline of the school headmasters, he diverted himself by sneaking out to see the historic touring highlife bands of the era. On short-wave radio, he listened avidly to broadcasts of jazz, rhythm and blues, Afro-Cuban and Congolese music. Inspired, as a teen he apprenticed himself to his uncle, the late guitarist Miller Okulolo. He began playing bass, sitting in with groups coming through town. Soon, he was touring regionally with the highlife band Harmony Searchers, and he was heard by a talent scout for the great bandleader Dr. Victor Olaiya. The young bassist with the 'roots' feel was persuaded to leave his homeland and head for the giant city of Lagos. Gathering his courage, the young man embarked upon what would become a africanmusicsource.com/biography.html
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