Tour name: SuperAfrican Tour
A Native of Kenya, SILA is known for spearheading a polyrhythmic renaissance and establishing a reputation for dynamic live performances!. With lyrics in both English and Swahili, the SILA's sound is a funky fusion of African rhythm, funk, afrobeat, and reggae, influenced by artists like James Brown, Prince, Otis Redding, and Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. In 2010, SILA won the coveted NAACP Image award for "Outstanding World Music Album" and the San Francisco Weekly music award for "Best International Act."
Christened the James Brown of Africa, SILA sings of the African experience: the problems he and many others face every day, in a language understood throughout the world. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa., Like Afro-beat founder Fela Kuti, the band is known for extended rifts that drive audiences into dancing ecstasy.
SILA highly anticipated solo album and comic book "SuperAfrican" is due out February 2014 and features guest appearances by band members from Carlos Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sting and Bay Area local superstars.
There's a beach where one sunny afternoon you may witness an offering to an Afro-Brazilian Orixa spirit of the ocean, the next day watch master capoeristas practicing Brazil's martial art dance form, and still another day join a gathering of thousands of surfers-cum-dancers rocking out to hybrid musical sounds informed by bloco afro (Afro-Brazilian percussion music), samba-reggae, surf-rock, and California funk. No, these are not the shores of Bahia, Brazil. This is Santa Cruz, California, home of the surf-and-skate, capoeira-kicking, scene-busting phenomenon known as SambaDa. This smoldering and soldering band is a magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American sources. This community of people—their local fanbase and their Brazilian ancestors, their people—are honored in the title of SambaDa's new album Gente!