2019-20 World Music Series

World Music Collage with Ranky Tanky Rocky Dawuni Quetzal

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QUETZAL
Saturday, November 16, 2019
8PM | TheClub@Soka
"Quetzal is a cool and classy band… Rich songwriting, enchanting arrangements, and serious musicianship… As a group they exude a lovely and irresistible spirit." Los Angeles Times

Quetzal

From the ashes of Los Angeles’ 1992 rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock. Quetzal forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and The Headhunters, The Brat, Los Lobos, and many others, Quetzal has created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands” (Los Angeles Times).

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RANKY TANKY
Saturday, January 25, 2020

8PM | TheClub@Soka
“Soulful honey to the ears.” NPR

Ranky Tankt Band Members

“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God,” and is used to describe a culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah - from playful game songs to joyful shouts, from wrenching spirituals to soft lullabies – and mixes traditions of the Lowcountry with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.

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ROCKY DAWUNI
Saturday, April 11, 2020

8PM | TheClub@Soka
"Rocky's music is creative inspiration that has no boundaries." – Ziggy Marley

Rocky Dawuni

Get ready for some infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems by Grammy Award-nominated Rocky Dawuni. This galvanizing performer, musician and activist, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his unique “Afrobeat” sound that unites generations and cultures. His music is a progressive fusion of Reggae, Afrobeat, soul and Highlife music, and influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti, the positive messages of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti and K’naan.  Rocky has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others, and was named one of Africa's Top 10 global stars by CNN.

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