DCHS_eflyer1DC Highlife Stars have been filling up dance floors across the DC area with their infectious blend of music from West & Central Africa, along with original compositions that bring the party into the here-and-now. Bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band) have assembled a choice crew from among the DMV’s deep African music scene to explore this stripped down approach to  highlife, afrobeat, rumba, reggae and assorted grooves, including Henri Tanash (guitar), Joseph “Kobo” Mouliom (bass), Emmanuel Adamah (drums), Seyi Clegg (sax), Ousman Thomas (percussion), Tosin Aribisala (drums), Aristide Zogdoule (bass), Nathan Okite (guitar), and Pascal Bossadi (drums). Come join this group of friens and world-class groove masters having a blast slinging deep-pocket bass, percolating double-helix guitars and earthy harmonies all so you can forget your troubles and dance.

jollypapa_frontDC Highlife Stars is featured on five tracks from “The Legend,” Jolly Papa’s debut album released in January 2017. This includes a signature rendition of highlife classic “Taxi Driver” by Bobby Benson and two tracks co-written with guitarist and composer Henri Tanash. You can preview full tracks from “The Legend” and find links to buy CDs or downloads on our Jolly Papa Music page.

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Check out this DC Highlife Stars interview in the Washington City Paper. 

CONTACT: dchighlifestars@gmail.com

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07/29/18 – Lubber Run Amphitheater(Alexandria, VA)

06/16/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Fan Fan Louis & Odelia

06/09/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Cheick Hamala Diabate

06/02/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Odelia

05/26/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

05/19/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Micheline Ewang

05/12/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

05/05/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Joii of Eme & Heteru

04/28/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

04/21/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

04/14/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Dave Blackwell

04/07/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Dave Blackwell

03/24/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

03/17/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Dave Blackwell

03/10/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Dave Blackwell

03/03/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Dave Blackwell

02/17/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

02/06-18 – Bossa Bistro (DC) – acoustic set

02/03/18 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

02/02/18 – “Groovin’ on the Pike: After Hours at the Library” (Arlington, VA)

01/30/18 – Bossa Bistro (DC) – acoustic set

01/12/18 – The Hamilton (DC), opening for Antibalas

01/02/18 – Bossa Bistro (DC) – acoustic set

12/23/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

12/16/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

11/25/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD) (feat. Joseph “Fan Fan” Louis)

10/28/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

10/21/17 – Tusaidiye Watoto Wa Congo Concert (Arlington, VA)

10/19/17 – Bossa Bistro (DC) – Multiflora Music Festival 2017 – Search for Sanctuary

10/14/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

10/01/17 – 2017 Takoma Park Street Festival (Takoma Park, MD)

09/23/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

09/16/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

09/09/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

08/26/17 – Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)

08/12/17 – The Hamilton (DC) – Opening act for Juan de Marcos & Afro Cuban All-Stars


The Hamilton (DC) – Opening act for Boubacar Traore Trio

Bethesda Blues & Jazz (Bethesda, MD)

Lubber Run Amphitheater (Arlington, VA)

Mercy Corps [Private Event] (DC)

Takoma Radio Launch (Takoma Park, MD)

Treehouse Concerts/VFW Post 350 (Takoma Park, MD)

AFL-CIO [Private Event] (DC)