Sila, Boca do Rio

Dj Jeremiah Farewell Celebration


Boca do Rio

Dj Leydis Freire, Dj Vanka, Dj Jeremiah, Dj Jimmy Love

Sat, November 3, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

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After more than a decade in San Francisco, DJ Jeremiah is moving on to the bright lights of an even bigger city – New York, New York.

A native of Liberia, Jeremiah Kpoh experienced great tragedy at an early age, losing both parents at age 12 amidst a protracted military conflict between two tribal warlords, who wreak ed havoc on neighboring villages. Kpoh’s mother and father both fell victim to the civil war, and young Jeremiah found himself an orphan, eking out a meager existence in a refugee camp in the Ivory Coast. It was there that he first became introduced to Fela Kuti and other Afrobeat/Afropop groups and started DJing, playing music on cassette for his fellow refugees, providing a glimmer of hope in a hopeless situation. That experience taught Jeremiah to be strong, and to stay positive, no matter how bleak things might seem. It also affirmed the healing power of music for him.

After relocating to San Francisco, in 2002, Jeremiah met fellow African expat Sila, and began to further his DJ career, playing at local venues and starting a production company, Maisha Productions, which produced numerous humanitarian benefit shows for NGOs benefitting refuges in Africa and Haiti and created the annual Afrofunk Festival. Establishing himself as one of SF’s most in-demand world beat DJs, Jeremiah became known as “Mr. Afrobeat,” and opened up shows for the likes of Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Alpha Blondy and Konono No. 1.
“I am deeply indebted to the people of San Francisco and the Bay Area for supporting me all these years, for coming to Maisha shows and my club nights, and helping to make me the person I am today. I am very sad to leave here, but I need to pursue my dream and move forward in life. I will never forget all the smiles and laughter you have shared with me.” Jeremiah said. “In particular, I want to thank all the booking agents and promoters who I’ve worked with: Allen Scott and Bryan Duquette (The Independent /Another Planet Entertainment); Michael O’ Connor and Jason Perkins (Brick and Mortar/New Parish); Guy Carson (Café Du Nord); and Dennis Ring and Matt Shapiro (Elbo Room). I couldn’t have done it without you.”
DJ Jeremiah Farewell Celebration featuring live sets from Sila and Boca do Rio, plus DJs Leydis, Vanka, Jimmy Love, and Jeremiah aka “Mr. Afrobeat.”
Boca do Rio
Boca do Rio
Boca do Rio is música orgânica. Live music inspired by the thousands of musicians and the music lovers that have gone before us and laid the rhythmic foundations of samba, baião, samba-reggae, the dances for the orishas, and all that gives homage to the beats. It is the African diaspora alive through rhythms and pulses – it is the commonality that binds humans to the air we breathe, the food from which we nourish, the water we imbibe, and the love through which we flourish. Boca do Rio exists to share and celebrate music and everything that it brings to our lives through the cross-pollination of the Americas. It’s the water that flows from mountains to oceans, from inside to out. It’s the earth beneath our feet, the soil beneath the concrete, the minerals from the stars that grace each of our cells.

The San Francisco band Boca do Rio takes its name from the Portuguese “mouth of the river” – the place where myriad streams and sources converge into one powerful, flowing, physical energy.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103