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Yoshi's Oakland
In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo 510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 16 members
Review from goldstar
62 events 18 reviews

It was an upbeat, foot taping evening. We went as an "experiment" not really knowing who the artists were. I expected a more African theme but enjoyed what I got. The vocalists were supreme.

Got there for the first show and left swaying,...continued

reviewed Jun 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from rhb
58 events 14 reviews

Tremendous value for the price. Two of the performers were truly outstanding and everyone else was very good. Yoshi's is a great place to hear music. No bad seat in the place.

reviewed Jun 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Hamisi M White
14 events 5 reviews

Great show! I wasn't sure what to expect but the blend of James Brown funk and the African rhythms was a real treat. The vocalists interpretations of James Brown lyrics was soulful and refreshing.

reviewed Jun 09 2011 report as inappropriate
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Discovering the points at which African and American music strike sparks off each other, Pee Wee Ellis and a host of stars including Vusi Mahlasela, and Cheikh Lo bring James Brown’s revolutionary music full circle in this innovative, rhythm fueled tribute of Afro-funk. As much as the music of Africa influenced Brown’s style, he likewise inspired an entire generation of African artists. Brown’s music was immensely popular, deeply felt and vastly influential in Africa.

Still Black, Still Proud celebrates Brown’s lasting legacy while exploring the deep relationship between soul, funk and modern African music. Pee Wee Ellis says, “Since the beat came from Africa, we wanted to bring it back by way of combining funk with some African rhythms.”

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