Concert series celebrates the highlife

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be back at Ashley Pond with the West African Highlife Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. This week’s music is from the western African club scene of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
In those years when young African musicians/students would go to college in Europe, they’d return with a love of the fusion of the music of the cultures. The young people would go to the clubs of their homeland and celebrate the “highlife” the good times and the parties just like Los Alamos does on Friday nights. WAHB will play highlife dance classics, Afro-beat and traditional music of Nigeria and Ghana.
The show will be KTAOS FM 101.9 Night.
The band is led by bass player Baba Ken Okulolo. Baba (a loving term for father, grandfather, or family leader) grew up in Nigeria. As a child he went to Anglican missionary schools. On short wave radios, he’d listen to Afro-Cuban music, American R and B, highlife and jazz. His first international tour was, as a very young man, with the Nigerian Afro-rock, Afrobeat and socially conscientious superstar, Fela Kuti. (The Broadway show Fela is based on this man’s life and is still running strong after five years at the Eugene O’Neil Theater.)

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