The funk factor

The funk factor

Afro Funke celebrates world influences at Levitt Pavilion

By John Sollenberger 06/20/2014

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Levitt Pavilion Pasadena’s new season rolls along with A double bill Saturday night with its Afro Funke concert featuring performances by the groups Jungle Fire and Batala Los Angeles.

Formed in 2011, Jungle Fire brings together performers with diverse musical backgrounds that together reflect the culture and musical landscape of Los Angeles. The band performs an explosive mix of Afro/Latin funk, boasting influences from legends including Ray Camacho, Enrique Lynch, James Brown, Ray Barretto and Manu Dibango, to name a few. The result is a melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, break-beats and ’70s-inspired funk. 
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Batala Los Angeles is a samba reggae music and dance group, one of an international organization of Batala ensembles formed by Bahian percussionist Giba Goncalves in Paris in 1997 as an arts education project designed for underserved people in poor communities worldwide. Batala Los Angeles features a show sparked by eye-catching graphics, costumes and energetic dance movements. 

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Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena in Memorial Park, corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena. Admission is free. Call (626) 683-3230 or visit  


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