After Timaya and Sarkodie and P-Square, I’m burned out on performances at night clubs (none of the performances have been particularly great). However, the Togolese duo Toofan seems to have set up shop in DC (as they were recent celebrity guests at Nectar Lounge in Silver Spring). For those with more energy in the tank than I, they’ve got a performance being promoted this Friday (November 8) at Lux Lounge.
I made it back to Vita Lounge, just north of the Convention Center for the Sarkology event, that was delayed from last week. I can’t say that it was at all worth it. Unless I was in a mesmerized trance of lasciviousness, I only counted about three songs being performed.
I’m not sure where Sarkodie drifted off to after that. Unlike all the other shows with major west African pop stars I’ve been to, it was clear that Sarkodie did not inspire a dedicated female following based on sex appeal. Despite his short performance, which I have a hard time calling a set due to its brevity and the poor quality of his microphone, it was evident that he has a pretty good flow. DC just didn’t get to hear much of it.
The highlight of the night was probably hearing ‘Antenna‘ in a US club. It’s my favorite Afrobeat track of the moment. Vita Lounge has a set up similar to Taste Lounge (a major African night spot in NE), although its slightly larger. The first floor is basically an elongated rectangle, with a bar on one side, floor in the middle, and elevated ‘VIP’ (in theory, not in practice) area on the other side.
The club has no dress code and things got quite turnt up, there was a fair amount of pushing and shoving and more people were visibly drunk than usual at these sort of things (one was picked up and carried outside after vomiting on the VIP area). The crowd was mostly 20 somethings of African descent.
(ed: 10/29 – the show has been rescheduled for November 2)
I blogged earlier in the week about a slated Friday night performance by Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie in conjunction with Howard University’s homecoming. Sarkodie was a no show, missing a flight from Ohio. However, I meet the promoter of the event (a really cool and down to earth guy) with roots in Sierra Leone and Liberia and he promised that Sarkodie would reschedule for next Friday.
I met some ladies who had traveled to DC for the weekend from Michigan and they informed me that the trademark event of Howard’s Homecoming, Yardfest, was cancelled, although according to the Washington Post it was merely delayed.
No one responded to my tweet asking me to Review the Nigerian – American film Mother of George (featuring a Zimbabwean Zombie hunter), so I shall hold my peace. I did however see the film with a friend who was quite perturbed by one of my recent blog posts. I hope she’ll be motivated to write a rebuttal.
Howard University’s Homecoming is this weekend. There appears to be an enormous range of festivities associated with the event, and befitting an institution of its stature, with one of the oldest African studies programs in the US, several events billed as affiliated with the Homecoming feature African performers.
The ‘official’ after party of the Howard University Homecoming Yard Fest is billed as taking place at Vita Lounge, this Friday, October 25th, near the DC Convention Center. It features one of the best known acts to come out of Ghana, Sarkodie, and is brought to us by the Howard and University of Maryland African Student Associations (the Maryland Association really seems to like their African music, I remember they sponsored a recent Iyanya show). However, the incorrect spelling of the performer on the poster above doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
The same day, just across the DC outer limits in MD, Nectar Lounge brings us a performance by TooFan, a Togolese group, and the Lounge’s Facebook page is also referencing Howard’s Homecoming. I don’t know TooFan from Fan Ice (a delicious snack found in Togo), but judging by this song, they’re a lot of fun.