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Skirball Cultural Center Offers FREE African Music Tonight: Kenge Kenge Th. 8/26

August 26, 2010

“Sometimes there is music that is so welcoming that it instantly puts a smile on your face.”—fRoots says about Kenge Kenge. I agree! That’s just one of the reasons I plan to drive to LA this evening with my family.

Tonight, the Skirball Cultural Center (off Interstate 405 near the Getty Center in Los Angeles)  presents African Music by Kenge Kenge in a free outdoor show at sunset. You can bring a picnic like I did for Omar Faruk Tekbelik’s  concert last summer (read the post here Superman, Mardi Gras & Omar Faruk Tekbelik: All at the Skirball in LA) or you can buy food there.

Kenge Kenge

According to the Skirball website, this is the California debut for Kenge Kenge: Kenge Kenge creates joyous high-energy dance music with pulsing beats. This eleven-piece Kenyan band uses traditional and hand-crafted instruments, like the the orutu (one-stringed fiddle) and the nyangile (gong), to create a strikingly contemporary sound featuring dense textures of rhythm and chant. While this marks Kenge Kenge’s premiere U.S. tour, audiences will be familiar with the group from their “Obama for Change” video, which was a YouTube sensation.

Here’s a post I wrote in January 2008 about Kenge Kenge and about music celebrating Obama’s run for office and his election: https://artpredator.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/heal-the-world-sing-songs-recite-poems-celebrate-obama-michael-franti-sampa-mapangala-kenge-kenge-others/

Here’s a Sample of Kenge Kenge’s music which will be performed tonight at 8:00 p.m. and here’s more details on Sunset Concerts in general. While admission is free, they accept no reservations. Since capacity is limited,  people start lining up around 4:30 or 5pm to get tickets as soon as they start passing them out about 5pm. Doors open at 7pm.

Parking is $5 per car carrying three or more people, otherwise $10 per car (cash only). Or take Metro Rapid Bus 761 or ride your bicycle to the concert. As street parking strictly prohibited, you must bring proof of parking in the Skirball lot or arriving via another method. To receive a concert ticket you must bring with you:
• the parking stub from our lot (across the street from the Skirball at Sepulveda and Bergreen Place),
• your bus ticket or Metro card,
• a taxi receipt.

Click here for additional detail on the Sunset Concerts at the Skirball series.

Listen.gif Click to hear another music sample.

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