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WSLR Presents EMEFE, Afrobeat band from New York
EMEFE has only one intention: to play music that frees everybody in the audience and everybody in the band. The band was created by drummer Miles Arntzen in 2009 to explore and share the Afrobeat music pioneered in the 1970s and 80s by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and carried on today by Antibalas. Likewise, EMEFE draws heavy influence from the funk music of Sly Stone, James Brown and Earth Wind and Fire, as well as hip-hop and neo-soul influences. Mixed with a rock n' roll edge, the powerful and exciting EMEFE sound never fails to get audiences jumping. EMEFE hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing and smiling, which explains their reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging live bands in New York. EMEFE consists of a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, a keyboardist, two percussionists and a three-piece horn section. Members of EMEFE have played with and studied with artists such as Antibalas, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soulive, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, TV on the Radio, Tower of Power, Medeski Martin and Wood, and many more.
EMEFE will play in benefit for WSLR on Thursday, January17th at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, located at 525 Kumquat Court. Tickets are $5.