Who is The Afrofunk Experience? Although Mr Victor Sila Mutungi had finally stopped using the name "Afrofunk Experience" here in California I now understand Mr. Sila is again using that name in Italy.
Thomas Mapfumo said it best ;
yea ...yea yea yea yea, Nyoko Musango! (Snake in the grass)
He even wrote this in response to me reminding him that he told me, " if we split, you guys (the band) can keep the name that you (me) came up with"
Which was Sila and The Afrofunk Experience" We agreed Sila would use his name, and we, would keep The Afrofunk Experience" who we are, and again, the name I came up with.
Sila's own words; And I quote;
Sila wrote on December 13, 2009 at 7:01pm
"Starting 2010 SIla and the Afrofunk Experience will simply be called "SILA." After 6 years of rocking big name festival and venues I've decided to change the name for creative reasons.
With the name "Afrofunk" it's easy to be pigeon holed to one style of music. I'd like to experiment more with different styles of music.
in 2010, I'd like to explore new music from Brazilian, Ethiopian and Rock with a strong African influence. Freedom to be creative.
Also it's easier for people to remember "Sila". It's the most search name on google when people are looking for the band.
I am excited and looking forward to a new album with new eclectic music."
“Even when you’re playing music you love, you can find yourself in a box which restricts your creativity and hinders your musical vision,” Sila says. “I wanted to expand my horizons and really get down with a lot of my musical influences outside a purist Afrobeat or Afrofunk template. As an artist, musician, and creative person, it’s important to grow, and not get stuck doing the same thing over and over.” - Sila
Who is the "Afrofunk Experience"
7 years ago, Bassist Wendell Rand (along with singer Victor Sila Mutungi), started Sila and the AfroFunk Experience (SAFE) as a World Music ensemble, working in local clubs, but eventually playing many notable festivals like EarthDance and San Francisco's annual Stern Grove Festival. SAFE were also winners of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album: “Black President” in 2009.
After an decision to part with Sila, AFE transformed itself into the Funk music powerhouse that now tours the West Coast of the United States.
Guitarist David James (Spearhead, The Coup) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise drumming of Paul Olipant with Wendell Rand's muscular dance grooves keep the band tight while saxophonist, David Boyce (Broun Fellinis) and trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses classic Wailers, afrobeat and R&B. On top of all this, recent addition Sandy House (Wade Love Band) adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.