Elikeh at the Funk Parade

Elikeh: “Elikeh is a multinational band that includes a Nigerian lead guitarist, a Ghanaian percussionist and a bassist, keyboardist, drummer and horn players from the U.S. The group started as a solo project for Dogo, who came to D.C. in 2000 and recruited local players to record Nyade, his first album as Elikeh.”–Bandwith

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Footwerk at the Funk Parade

FootWerk: “I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2015 is turning into one of the best years for hip-hop in a long damn time . . .  And there’s another excellent hip-hop LP coming your way this year, Casual Encounters, by DC hip-hop group Footwerk.–Baebel Music

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Black Alley at the Funk Parade

Black Alley: “BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits for some time now. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, BLACK ALLEY has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a sound and genre all their own; they call it “Hood Rock”–Black Alley

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Congo Sanchez at the Funk Parade

Congo Sanchez: “The group blends its members’ reggae, funk, hip-hop, and jazz influences, giving their music a global feel. This sound, coupled with their use of electronic rhythms from various genres, led them to choose their given name, says Congo.”–DCist

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