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The second day of the Funky Elephant festival wrapped up an intense weekend of urban music and fun. If the original slang word for funk meant “stink,” the crowd in full swing at Club Circus on Saturday night evaporated an odour of peaches, as the ladies danced to the sound of the sax of the Nigerian Afro-pop legend Orlando Julius w/Aiyekooto and the band Afrobeat International.
At a smaller stage, a Finnish groove jazz group Kalle Salonen feat. Johanna Försti provided a moment for a breather with their smooth play of wind instruments and pounding beats.
But when Brooklyn Funk Essentials stepped on the big stage, things got seriously out of control. The band moved the crowd with song after song and only a person with bad hearing impairment could resist the New York legend’s interpretation of “Funky Nassau.” I’ve never heard the classic 1971 track by the Bahama natives, The Beginning of the End, sound so goddamn fresh in a live setting.
What a weekend!