On March 12th Afrolicious is releasing their debut full-length album 'California Dreaming' on their own label, Afrolicious Music. The San Francisco Bay Area-based collective released two previous EP’s on ESL Music They are celebrating with an album release party at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall on March 15th and following with a spring U.S. tour including festival dates at Wakarusa and more TBA.
On this album Afrolicious combine soulful vocals, infectious hooks, funky bass lines, energetic horns and tight beats, while retaining the soul and feel of classic funk, disco, Latin, Tropical and Afrobeat recordings. These are songs you can dance to at the club but will still want to listen to in your house or car. The album's title refers to the current state of the California dream and questions the reality, illusion and the fine line between them for people who are searching for their dreams in California and beyond.
The musicians that make up the Afrolicious collective come from a wide spectrum of places and reflect the diverse make up of California. Vocalist and percussionist Baba Duru was in the original Headhunters and recorded on the classic B-Boy anthem “God Made Me Funky”. Freshislife who sings lead on several of the tracks on ‘California Dreaming’ was originally a star Calypso dancer in Trinidad and Tobago before relocating to San Francisco. Many of the artists on the record met at the weekly Afrolicious party at the legendary Elbo Room in San Francisco. Founded in 2006 by real life brothers Joe and Oz McGuire, aka DJs Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz the weekly party became a place to collaborate with other musicians and DJs and the dancefloor became a testing ground for original compositions and musical collaborations.
Afrolicious released two EPs of original music produced by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation on their imprint label ESL Music. The EPs and their remix work together garnered critical acclaim, radio and club support from top DJs and tastemakers which has created excitement for their first proper album.
Includes immediate download of 10-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.