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Art After 5 presents in collaboration with AfroTaino Productions: JABALI AFRIKA

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)


I don't know about you, but I'm going where the energy is good and I can replenish & refill what I'm missing. Not many places can deliver that type of energy on a nightly basis, so I tend to go 'all in' when those good times are available. The other option is that we at AfroTaino get crafty and design our own events so we can generate good vibes. And it feels good to see that positive energy fill the room, especially in this day & age where hate, fear, and violence welcome us every day as soon as we hit 'click'. Thankfully, a well-earned relief from this daily-occurring messiness arrives when we return to the Philadelphia Art Museum, this time with our friends from Kenya, Jabali Afrika. Jabali Afrika will ensure there's plenty of that feel-good vibe in the Great Staircase Hall, under the watchful eye of golden statue of Diana the Goddess.  Jabali means rock” in Kiswahili: With this musical mission in mind, the band blends authentic African music with the modern styles that have sprung from the original folkloric stylings, creating a uninhibited freeform 'rock' sound. Hailing from East Africas Kenya, the band is a truly multifaceted group with its own unique fusion of African rhythms and Western contemporary genres. Original compositions and traditional Afro-Popgrooves come alive on a wide variety of instruments, accompanied by vocal harmonies that form the foundation of modern rock, jazz, blues and more. After a couple songs, listeners & new fans will recognize the trademark Jabali Afrika sound: powerful percussion and incredible vocal talent of Joseck Asikoye, Justo Otongo, Dumisizwe Bhembe and Victor Savani - all former members of the Kenyan National Theatre. So, believe us when we tell you that you're in for a heck of a show. To our new friends: If you haven't attended any of the AfroTaino Productions collaboration concerts at the Art Museum of Philadelphia, first it's best to understand that the long-running"Art After 5" series is a weekly event featuring live musical performances in an intimate cabaret setting. But don't think this is a sit-down-and-clap-and-whisper vibe: through the years, we've presented Bollywood dance parties, Brazilian samba & forro' celebrations, and even a Bachata-Rock band. When the mood fills the room, people get up and dance. Come get some of that mood with Jabali Afrika. 





Earlier Event: July 26
Future Rocking with OUTERNATIONAL
Later Event: August 5