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by Sila ~ The AfroFunk Experience

A blend of African highlife, soukous, and Afro-beat with American funk, Soul and reggae.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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Album Notes
Sila epitomizes what people love about this century's music: energy, honesty, generosity, ecstasy, and a full-tilt dedication to digging the groove until the last call. Sila's music titillates the senses and people everywhere have developed a healthy appetite for his funky fusion of African rhythm, American funk, Soukous, Soul, Jazz and Reggae.

Inspired by his Kenyan roots and his love for all genres of music, his sound is unique, yet instantly recognizable. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa. As a child in the Kikamba village in Kenya, Sila was an imaginative five-year old who nurtured his love for music by singing the traditional songs of his ancestors, along with the ubiquitous songs of Prince, Otis Redding and the Beatles.

Sila's AfroFunk sound reflects the music of his ancestors, of Africa, and his own interpretation of American music. His music resonates with listeners, as it mirrors the core elements of everyday life experiences. While currently based in America, he continues to journey home to collaborate and jam with locals and legendary tribal musicians. As a result, he never strays far from the essence of his lush musical roots.

Now living in San Francisco, Sila thrives in yet another vibrant and diverse musical community. Sila-the AfroFunk Experience has been igniting dance floors everywhere. The music is a uniting force; a whirlwind that sweeps people into a dancing frenzy. A natural band-leader, Sila's onstage charisma adds another level of depth to the performances.

Backed by a group of seasoned, energetic players, including horns (Mike Pitre), bass (Wendell Rand, drums (Tai Kenning), guitars (Ken House and David James) percussion (Elvis Nensah), and talking drum (Samba Guisse) (, Sila's soulful vocals deliver a powerful message.

What also sets Sila apart is his desire and capacity to give. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for peace and children, and he takes the time to remind us all that we should all be doing more for the children of the world. Sila has dedicated his concerts to raise funds for UNICEF - Emergency Relief for the Children of Sudan, and he continues to work with other organizations working toward the improvement of the living conditions and the status of children.

He sings in both English and Swahili, and his songs are about life-the joys, the struggles, the triumphs, justice, peace, and the need to nurture not only the children of the world, but also all of humanity.


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Philip Roy

It's a good representation of where SILA is from and kind of reminds me of the East African Golden era with people like Daudi Kabaka, but with a more vibrant feel.
Hopefully, we will get to work on a project soon

Nitevibe Buzz

Traditional African rhythms with the sexiness of Prince, soul of Otis Redding an
Sila and the Afro-funk Experience combines traditional African rhythms with the sexiness of Prince, soul of Otis Redding and a little James Brown funk. With Kenyan roots and a progressive love of American music, this will be a serious session on the dancefloor and a unique education for your ears.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Guaranteed to keep you glued to the dance floor!
When he arrived in America from his native Kenya, Victor Sila had one goal in mind: to weave the music he grew up with – African high life, Soukous, and Afro-beat, plus American pop, soul, and funk – into a unique, personal expression that would bring people together. Twelve years later he's finally perfected that sound in a blend he
calls Afro-funk.

His latest project, simply called Sila, has exploded onto the Bay Area world music scene with an irresistible blend of traditional African and Afro-Latin rhythms, slinky guitar, and Sila's syrupy Swahili and English vocals. The five-piece also throws some crucial reggae skank and hip-hop swagger into the mix, resulting in an upbeat, multiculti celebration that's guaranteed to keep you glued to the dance floor.

Eric K. Arnold, East Bay Express

Sila's fusion-friendly sound is both futuristic and traditional.
How about some highlife, soukous, Afrobeat, Latin, funk, and
reggae, all in one? Sounds good, right? Well, that's what you can expect from Sila and the Afro-Funk Experience, a band fronted by Kenyan musician and bandleader Victor Sila. With vocals sung in both Swahili and English, not to mention
bottomless grooves perfect for boogying on down to, Sila's
fusion-friendly sound is both futuristic and traditional.