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Sila and the Afrofunk Experience create music that's like a rubber band ricocheting back and forth across decades and continents.

African artists and rhythms influenced many American artists like James Brown and Prince, who the band then listened to and fused with African sounds. Sila leads a talented group of musicians who draw on diverse influences to form a solid, Africanized world beat groove.

This group has played with everyone from Spearhead to Ballet National du Senegal. The lineup contains: on Talking Drum, Samba Guisse, on bass SF native Wendell Rand, on horns is the inimitable Mike Pitre, Bennie Murray on drums, and guitar by David James.

What sets Sila apart more than his voice, his band leadership, or his take on the music is the way he uses all of it to give back to the world. The band is coming off a recent benefit whose profits went to the Save the Children Fund for children in Darfur, Sudan. Sila's blog ( keeps tabs on what our government is doing (or not doing) to help resolve the current crisis, and also celebrates the small victories won along the journey.

This hodgepodge of sound is sure to leave the dancefloors sweating and smiling. In Sila's words "When it comes down to it, all that matters is the music."