PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA [PAO] proudly carries the musical and social torch that was first lit by the powerful duo of FELA KUTI and TONY ALLEN, original inventors of the Afrobeat sound. Led by funky heiress Camille Sledge, the 16-strong orchestra is comprised of the most ambitious and outrageous musicians in Phoenix today - making it the hottest super-group on the hot city scene!
Beginning with a strict repertoire comprised of classic Afrobeat music, PAO has now penned an abundance of original material that melds the eclectic heritage of the ensemble with that classic Afrobeat style. The outcome is a truly powerful sound that pays homage to the masters while maintaining a fierce individuality. Details of upcoming releases are in the works now, so keep your ear to the pavement.
From concert hall to street fair, fashion show to fundraiser, PAO has shared the stage with such musical icons as George Clinton and The Roots, as well as lesser-known masters as wide-ranging as Turkuaz and Morris Alan.
PAO Role Call:
Camille Sledge (Vocals, Leader of Rituals)
Andria Bunnell (Vocals)
Chanel Bragg (Vocals)
Mitch Freedom (Vocals)
Aldy Montufar (Trumpet/Conductor)
Chris Moller (Baritone Saxophone)
Jeff Jones (Tenor Saxophone)
Zach Lewis (Trombone)
David Marquez (Bass/Founder)
Illya Riske (Guitar)
Lukas Mathers (Guitar)
Zach 'Yojimbo Billions' Vogt (Keyboard)
Dave Cosme (Percussion)
James Pope (Drum Kit)
Melissa Waddell (Shekere)
Scott White (Congas/Percussion)