West Africa Meets Westwood -- Nigerian Musicians performing with UCLA Musicians & Dancers

The Cultural Affairs Commission at UCLA is holding a free concert showcasing the collaboration of visiting master Nigerian musicians with UCLA musicians and dancers, featuring Baba Ken Okulolo, Soji Odukogbe, and Will Magid, et. al.

Sunday, April 06, 2008
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Covel Commons Grand Horizon Room
UCLA campus (in dorm area)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Cultural Affairs Commission at UCLA, the organization that hosts the annual JazzReggae Festival, will host an event that will highlight West African and American musical traditions, including Afrobeat, Highlife, Jazz, and Fusion. 

The show will feature:

Master Nigerian bandleader Baba Ken Okulolo

  • Leader of the Afro-Beat ensemble Kotoja and the West African Highlife Band
  • Known for his work with King Sunny Ade and other legendary Nigerian bands

Soji Odukogbe

  • Long-time lead guitarist for the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Will Magid

  • Trumpeter, event organizer, and UCLA senior

Joined by a group of talented UCLA musicians and dancers:

Scheduled to perform

UCLA Dancers

  • Deborah Dauda (International Development Studies)
  • Flavia de la Fuente (Political Science) 

UCLA Musicians

  • Peter Hargreaves: saxophone (Music composition)
  • Aaron Leibowitz: saxophone (Ethnomusicology alumni)
  • Mark Banner: drum set (Ethnomusicology)
  • Shalev Netanel: guitar (Ethnomusicology)
  • Berkeley Everett: Keyboard (Ethnomusicology)
  • Dan Marschak: Keyboard (Ethnomusicology, Music composition)
  • Ethan Emerson: guitar (Ethnomusicology alumni)
  • Elliot Deutsch: Trumpet (Ethnomusicology alumni)
  • Chris Bastian: Bass (Philosophy)
  • Josh Duron
  • Kalil Wilson

For parking info, directions, campus map, visit www.willmagid.com/april6


Special Instructions

While the event has received generous donations from The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, The Herb Albert School of Music, Rachelle Regehr, Mal Sharpe, and Hilary Parkin, $230 is currently coming out of students' pockets to produce the event. Any donation large or small will help.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8 for info, visit www.willmagid.com/april6

For more information please contact:

Flavia de la Fuente, Director of press relations

Tel: 949-910-6362



Sponsor(s): , Ethnomusicology, The UCLA Herb Albert School of Music, UCLA Office of Residential Life, Guayaki Yerba Mate, and The Cultural Affairs Commission. Information posted for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.