Underground System

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Underground System

Kingsley Ibeneche, DJ Lil' Dave

Sun, September 3, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Underground System - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Underground System
The glorious grab bag of internationally-grown members of Underground System (who take their name from a Fela Kuti song) reads like a roll call of musical and cultural diversity. Conceived in Brooklyn, NY, this unstoppable female-fronted corps of neo-afrobeat-deconstructionists has cultivated a sound as inimitable as its members. Hinged on a tight, seamlessly executed stage show, this group astonishes wherever they go, compelling crowds to dance with unbridled vim. To provide a glimpse of insight into their unfathomably varied roots, their original dance floor track “Bella Ciao” received worldwide fanfare, as many DJs and producers cut and remixed it across many countries and several offical 12" vinyl releases (Ropeadope Records, Hell Yeah!). The song is a “retro-futuristic” reimagining of an anti-fascist WWII ballad from Italy, sung by the African American-Italian lead singer (Domenica Fossati) who was born in Miami and raised in Venezuela. Citing influences from the South Bronx girl group ESG to the Brit-new wave cult crew XTC, this subterranean organization of deliciously scrambled afrobeat re-inventors continues to soar across broadening musical horizons. Promoting their soon-to-come debut album, Underground System is touring with irresistible vitality, acquiring praise as they spread majestically modified, delectable African beats with a NYC flare to dance halls around the country.
Kingsley Ibeneche - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kingsley Ibeneche
Kingsley Ibeneche was born and raised in Camden, NJ. His parents are originally from Nigeria. At the age of 18 Kingsley fell in love with dance. He would later attend the University of the Arts in 2009, acquiring his BFA in Ballet performance in 2013. After graduation he lived in Germany, and performed with Pilobolus Dance Theater for a year. Germany is where he realized he wanted to deeper pursue singing and writing. Kingsley is currently signed with Bloc Talent Agency, while with them he’s work with many big names such as Vogue, HBO, NBC, SYTYCD and Samsung. “Becoming whole is a sharing process" is something he lives by.
DJ Lil' Dave
DJ Lil' Dave
Say the name 'lil'dave' and an ingenue of class and aural distinction comes to mind. lil'dave channels the far reaches of the soul, all the while effortlessly combining taste, groove, and appeal with today's technology. Although his roots are in hip-hop, lil'dave is most widely known for his electronic escapades through house, broken beat, brazilia, acid jazz, funk and UK-inspired soul and rare groove. Through these genres, lil'dave defines his signature sound.

On any given day, lil'dave can be found behind the boards producing, in the crates digging, at the beats grinding, at the turntables creating. With demeanor calm and levels tuned, lil'dave brings crowds to a fever pitch, leaving them parched for more. He takes great delight in pleasing his treasured following and making them happy through the power of DJing.

Whether it be through showcasing rarefied gems on his legendary radio program (Eavesdrop Radio) or providing sonic leaflets as 1/6 of the multifaceted Illvibe Collective, lil'dave has the talent, drive, and the penchant for the art of moving butts.

Simply stated, lil'dave is the future of the funk!
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/