World, Latin, & Reggae

The New Monomono

When: Sat., May 30, 9 p.m. 2009

Thirty-one years ago, a group of influential African musicians settled in the EastBay and put together three bands that started the world beat movement. Joni Haastrup played with Ginger Baker's Air Force in the early 1970s and went on to form MonoMono, one of the first Afrobeat bands. When he moved to Oakland he put together a new version of MonoMono, which became a proving ground for many of the musicians who created the world beat scene. Ken Okulolo played bass with Sunny Adé's African Beats, and after settling in Oakland he put together Kotoja, which is still a vital part of the local African music scene. C.K. Ladzekpo's African drumming classes at UC Berkeley introduced hundreds of local musicians to West African rhythms and his African Music & Dance Ensemble remains a cornerstone of the local African community. A benefit concert to raise money for MonoMono's new CD features all three bands at Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley)on Saturday, May 30. 8:30 p.m., $15, $12 for students.

j. poet

Price: $15, students $12

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