Sila Mutungi

Sila Mutungi

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Brief info

Sila Mutungi is an award winning Kenyan musician, producer, graphic artist and activist.

Sila spent seven years as frontman of the Afrofunk Experience, who rose to the top of the Bay Area’s storied world music scene with their funkified take on Afrobeat. Sila recorded two critically-acclaimed albums with the AFE, The Funkiest Man in Africa and Black President—the latter recording earned Sila a 2010 NAACP Image Award, for which he beat out better-known artists including Zap Mama and Omou Sangare.

In addition to being an artist who’s been at the cutting edge of the West Coast’s progressive world music scene for years, Sila has also made a noticeable impact with his support for humanitarian causes. He is a co-founder of the Afrofunk Festival, an annual multi-day music festival which raised money for refugees and orphans in East Africa. And in 2010, Sila produced the I [Heart] Haiti benefit, which raised more than $10,000 for earthquake relief efforts.

“Artistry and activism go hand in hand,” Sila says.” Musicians have the pulpit to inspire social change. Part of my touring always includes events that raise money or awareness for those that are need whether it's here in the San Francisco area or Africa.”

Sila is lives in San Francisco and is a father of two.