DC Highlife Stars is your top pick for live African music in DC, with the best musicians on the DC African scene combining for live performances of classic highlife, rumba, afrobeat, funk, reggae and other African dance music styles, mixed with originals and tunes from the new generation of afrobeats artists.
Bandleaders Michael and Eme (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band & Eme and Heteru, respectively) have assembled a rotating crew of world-class musicians working in the DC area. The party they create is infectious! Whether in an intimate acoustic setting or with a full band for clubs or festivals, a joyful vibe is always front-and-center. This is dance music!
DC Highlife Stars is a veritable jukebox of funky African dance music from greats like Bobby Benson, Rex Lawson, Sam Mangwana, Fela Kuti, Flavour, Tekno, Bob Marley, The Funkees, Sweet Breeze, Joseph Kabasele and plenty more.
Members of DC Highlife Stars hail from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and parts between. With new collaborations popping up all the time, Eme and Michael keep things grounded and maintain the repertoire with sweet vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar. African music in DC never sounded more alive!
Recent shows have featured legendary radio broadcaster Georges Collinet, Congolese vocal master Samba Mapangala, Cameroonian star Armand Ntep and Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate. More collaborations with featured African music artists are in the works. Stay tuned!
Previous Shows: Celebrate Africa Festival 2020, The Hamilton, Milkboy Arthouse, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine, Takoma Park Street Fest, Meleket Restaurant and Bossa Bistro, as well as events for Takoma Radio, AFL-CIO, Mercy Corps, City of Arlington VA, Tusaidiye Watoto Wa Congo and others.
A new collaboration hosted by Jolly Papa and legendary African music broadcaster Georges Collinet of VOA's "Bonjour l'Afrique" and Afropop Worldwide, featuring original footage and stories from Georges' extensive archive plus live African dance music by DC Highlife Stars and special guests. More info coming soon!