African Dance Party, Baba Ken Okulolo & The West African Highlife Band at Osher Marin JCC Kanbar Center


Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time: 8:00pm

Phone: 415-444-8081

The Kanbar Center at The Osher Marin JCC and The 2nd Annual Winter Nights festival presents An African Dance Party featuring Baba Ken Okulolo and The West African Highlife Band. The Kanbar Center brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights festivals to the indoors. On January 28, join us to celebrate The West African Highlife Music and Dance with old friends Baba Ken Okulolo and The West African Highlife Band. Strong beats and driving rythms, high energy and joyful, this Winter Nights concert and dance party brings friends, fun and sunshine indoors in the heart of winter. The JCC invites all the Hoytt Theatre to dance and enjoy the great energy that this music creates. Come get out on the dance floor and shake off those winter blues!

This fun, family friendly event includes an evening of upbeat happy danceable music celebrating Africa, with a light dinner of delicious cultural favors (available for purchase between 7:00-9:30pm), no-host cocktails, and a pre-concert dance class.  Purchased food and drink is allowed in the theatre. 

More About Baba Ken Okulolo:
Baba Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, on of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history. He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience. Baba Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade’s world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria’s legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anlkkulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olalya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono. He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists’ Association five times voted him the country’s top bassist. He founded the International super-group Baba Ken & Kotoja, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music. 


  • 7:00pm Pop-Up Restaurant and No-Host Bar Open
  • 7:40pm African Dance Class
  • 8:00pm Performance/Music and Dancing 

Seating: General admission, first come, Cabaret Table seating options


  • $22 Advance, Public, General Admission
  • $20 Advance, Members, General Admission
  • $25, Day Of
  • $10 Ages 17 and Under

Special Notes

Kanbar Center for The Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC is located at 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 94903. Purchase tickets in advance for best pricing. This event has sold out in the past. Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking.