A journey through African funk: past, present & future. During Jazz à la Villette festival, Red Bull Music Academy and Questlove of The Roots co-curate a special night dedicated to the immense impact of African funk and soul on modern music.
Questlove’s Afro-Picks is the world premiere of a unique show created by musical visionary Questlove, The Roots’ drummer and hip hop producer. A long time partner of the Red Bull Music Academy, this outspoken taste-maker offers a contemporary tribute to African musical history through a selection of tracks played by the Afro-Picks Big Band, featuring Tony Allen himself on drums, Macy Gray, Black Thought, Mamani Keita, and Amp Fiddler, as well as members of Antibalas, of the David Murray Big Band, of The Roots, of the Tony Allen Band, and Fela!, the Broadway musical. Questlove’s Afro-Picks is a unique show straddling tradition and modernity, struggle and liberation, music and politics.
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