DC Highlife Stars



Tuesday, January 30 – Bossa Bistro (DC) – 9:30 til 11:30 – No Cover!

Friday, February 2 – Columbia Pike Branch Library (Arlington, VA) – 7-9pm – “Groovin’ on the Pike: After Hours at the Library” – FREE! (w/ a cash bar)

DC Highlife Stars have been lighting up dance floors across Maryland and DC 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, highlife sound. Cameroonians Henri Tanash (guitar) & Joseph “Kobo” Mouliom (bass), Nigerians Seyi Clegg (sax) & Tosin Aribisala (drums), and Ghanaian Emmanuel Adamah (drums) form the core unit, with occasional friends and heavy-hitters sitting in on highlife, afrobeat, soukous and assorted grooves. The vibe is just some world-class groove masters having a blast as they sling 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


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

01/02/18 – Bossa Bistro (DC)

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)