The Afrofunk Experience, recent winners of The NAACP Image Award's Outstanding World Music Album "Black President" and winners of The SF Weekly Music Award's Best International Act, were the band behind Sila and the Afrofunk Experience for 7 years, providing songs and killer grooves for Victor Sila Mutungi, and being dubbed "The Bay Area's Dance Kings" in the process. Delivering home grown AFROFUNK, AFROBEAT, REGGAE, AND ORIGINAL BAY AREA FUNK, the ensemble's well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, trumpet, and saxophone ensures a wide dynamic range.
Band co-founder, and bassist Wendell Rand (Pleasuremaker, Tracorum, Youssoupha Siddibe), leads the cast off with his muscular, low end dance grooves. Tasteful, precise and very funky drummer, Paul Oliphant, is a serious study in afrobeat/afrofunk drum work.
Guitarist David James (Beth Custer), former six-string slinger for the Coup and Michael Franti's Spearhead, brings his explorative, sinewy, rhythmic approach to counter guitarist Ken House's (H. P. Riot, Wade Love Band), chunky rhythms and funk-metal solos that recall the heyday of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis, Ronkat Spearman), and trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie, Joe louis Walker) "evoke powerful touchstones, from classic Wailers to Ethiopian-style R&B of the early '70s". (maybe credit the quote here)
And introducing Sandy House (Wade Love Band), a powerfully sultry and dynamic front person on lead and background vocals and percussion
"There's a deep soulfulness here and the implication of cross-cultural solidarity."
The Afrofunk Experience has played many stages of the San Francisco festival and club scenes since 2005. The AFE has played the Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Slims, Mezzanine, Boom Boom Room, 111 Minna. Local S.F awards parties like: San Francisco Magazine's Best of the Bay Show, and S.F. Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay Awards, and recently, the SFJAZZ tribute to Maceo Parker.
We've played many other live music venues in and around the SF Bay Area, including: Ashkenaz in Berkeley; The Catalyst, Moe's Alley, and the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz; The Fox Theater in Redwood City. We've played annual San Francisco music festivals Stern Grove, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Outside Lands, and San Francisco's "Carnival". Traveled to play Salem World Music Festival in Oregon; Various clubs in the Seattle area; Cape May Jazz festival in New Jersey. We've enjoyed the opportunity to have played many world music parties like Earthdance, SolFest, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Noyo Food Forest's Earthday Celebration in Mendocino.
"The Afrofunk Experience is definitely not traditional African music, but it's better and more real than most African-American music being recorded today: it's not nasty rap or treakly-sweet mindless pop, and it's much better than R&B, with a touch of jazz, lots of funk, and that general African pop sound found all over Africa."
— World music Discoveries, World Music Discoveries
"Nine piece band is tighter than the goatskin head of a djembe, and the ensemble's well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and a trio of horns ensures a wide dynamic range. David James, former six-string slinger for the Coup and Michael Franti's Spearhead, especially stands out with his big-echo guitar solos that recall the heyday of Parliament-Funkadelic. Saxophonist David Boyce, trumpeter Mike Pitre, and trombonist Andre Webb also evoke powerful touchstones, from classic Wailers to Ethiopian-style R&B of the early '70s. There's a deep soulfulness here and the implication of cross-cultural solidarity." -SF Weekly
— Sam Prestianni (Staff writer SF Bay Guardian), SF Weekly
"As a group, the Afrofunk Experience is impeccably tight, recalling the crisp punch of James Brown, the sweltering groove of the Meters and the irresistibly danceable feel of Prince. The masterful percussion adds subtle texture and syncopation to many of the tracks while dueling guitars spin fela-esque interlocking guitar parts. The real jewel of the band, though, is the horn section. The powerful trio of trumpet, trombone and saxophone expertly nails sparse, punchy lines and screaming solos"
— Miller Nuttle , AfroPop Worldwide