Funkadesi have been playing together for 23 years. They combine styles of music from all over the world including India, Nigeria, and Jamaica.
“Makhana” is one of the Indian songs they play tonight. It’s a very upbeat fun song that would fit right into a Bollywood musical. The band member from India says the chorus translates to “I love my sweet butterball!” Later in the evening, the band leader, Rahul Sharma, brings out his sitar. Along with Lloyd King on jazz flute, they wow the audience.
They cover a couple Bob Marley songs, “Stir it Up” and “No Woman, No Cry”. Valroy Dawkins sings the lead in a very raspy voice.
The band also brings out a bunch of guest artists. One of these is the daughter of the drummer, Amyna Love. Her powerful and beautiful voice combined with her excellent guitar picking makes for a great performance.
Another guest is Nicholas Barron. He tells a crazy story about squatting and busking in London It leads to him being arrested and then deported back to America. He goes on to sing “When the Fat Lady Sings” about living life to the fullest and not waiting to go after your dreams.
It was a great kickoff to the “Year of Chicago Music”. The 3 hours just flew by. Learn more about Funkadesi here: http://www.funkadesi.com/
Cost of a ticket: $20 and up
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It
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