ABOUT JUMPNFUNK: FALL 2002
Imagine this: you are intelligent, and you are gorgeous. Not too hard, is it? Now imagine you have a cause worth fighting for. This is a little more difficult, no? Now imagine you have a place to go where there are other, intelligent, beautiful people talking about the same concerns and fighting for the same rights; and not just talking but dancing and grooving to powerful music that speaks to the soul and the fighting spirit of mankind. <br /> This may be impossible to imagine unless you have partaken in one of the most socially-aware parties this side of a Central Park Anti-War protest. The place: The JUMP N FUNK Party. The reason: To celebrate the work of FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI, the pioneer of Afro-Funk and the solitary voice of the Nigerian people during the post-colonial rule of Nigeria in the early Seventies and Eighties.
JUMP N FUNK party brings the people in, with enticing sexy sounds of FELA. A crucible that threatens to boil over with every FELA favorite the DJ spins. This rebellious energy is the engine of resistance against the oppressive regimes anywhere in the world. As FELA KUTI has said, "Music is a weapon" and the people who participate in the collective outpouring of dance and conversation at the JUMP N FUNK become the most potent political ammunition: educated people.
Music and dance don't change policy, but they give people the joy and strength they need if they are to keep their struggles going in the face of repression, inertia, and despair.
FELA knew all this, and so does everybody who bounces to his genius all night. FELA's spirit lives on through his music and the best way to experience his music is with the floorboards thumping with the heavy stomps of a liberated people. The bass fills a room and shakes any curious investigators as soon as they walk in . It is hard to ignore the inviting non-intimidating vibe of the staff and guests.
Soon everyone is moving in a sea of sexy inhibition and an orgy is taking place all around you. Hands will grab your waist and full bottom will be thrust into your body like a drunken lover. The wrong idea is very rarely received nor given because this is the experience that FELA intended us to have; a feeling of safety and sexy, an impression of right and rebellion and an embracing of Africa and America.