Get your sweet viewing spot early because when Elikeh checks in at Rock and Roll Hotel the stage will be at maximum occupancy. With their nine person lineup your eyes and ears are in store for authentic Roots Afropop style mixed with traditional Togolese polyrhythms.
There is a lot to absorb but the band plays so well as a unit, you can just drift away, dance and take it all in. Everyone should add some west-African music to their listening experiences and we are fortunate to have that right here in DC in Elikeh.
Groove heavy and politically active Afro-rock spawned from the unlikely country of Togo. Singer, guitarist, composer and founder of Elikeh, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo, but immigrated to Washington, D.C. in 2000. His D.C. based ensemble fuses indigenous Togolese elements with a contemporary flavor in a powerful and memorable manner including noteworthy guitar work and vivacious horns.
Washington, DC-based Afrobeat band Elikeh’s album Adje! Adje! landed on a lot of best-of-2010 lists at the end of last year for a good reason: it’s a phenomenal party album …. it’s the real thing, a mix of Fela-inspired, 1970s style Afro-funk with Ethiopian tinges, traditional Togolese sounds, a defiantly smart lyrical sensibility and a groove that’s every bit as infectious as it should be. There isn’t a single song on here that’s not catchy.
Top Ten National:
1. ARCADE FIRE The Suburbs (Merge)
2. BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
3. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Mojo (Warner Bros.)
4. SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS Rise & Shine (Cumbancha)
5. JULIETA VENEGAS Otra Cosa (Sony Music Latin)
6. TITUS ANDRONICUS The Monitor (XL Recordings)
7. ELIKEH Adje! Adje! (Azalea City Recordings)
8. NEIL YOUNG Le Noise (Reprise)
9. SHE & HIM Volume Two (Merge)
10. THE SOFT PACK (Kemado)
Best Albums of 2010
1. Ye Fre Me Richy Pitch-Richy Pitch
2. Seahorse and the Storyteller-Michael Leonhart and The Avramina 7
3. Blue Eyed Black Boy-Balkan Beat Box
5. La Difference-Salif Keita
7. Medicine Show # 3: Beat Konducta In Africa-Madlib
8. Love and Death-Ebo Taylor
9. The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow-Cochemea Gastelum
10. The Budos Band III-The Budos Band
11. Rise and Shine-Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars
12. Wake Up!-John Legend & The Roots
13. Oyo-Angelique Kidjo
14. Secret Agent-Tony Allen
15. Adje Adje-Elikeh