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Saxaphone &
Band Leader

Maceo Parker
Cheikh Lo

Fred Ross

Marc can Waneningen - Bass
Ray Obiedo - Guitar
Peter Madsen - Keys
John Mader - Drums
Chad Bernstein - Trombone
Gary Winters - Trumpet
Papa Assane M'Baye - Percusssion
Chad Bernstein - Trombone

All band members and featured artists appear subject to availability.


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APRIL 2010: STILL BLACK, STILL PROUD is back with Spring Dates in Istanbul, Germany, Holland and London's Royal Festival Hall. (See Tour Dates for details)
We are excited to be kicking off this year's programme with some of the special guests who were such a hit with us in 2009.

Vieux Farka Toure from Mali joins us in the midst of releasing his new album 'Fondo', the Mahotella Queens, in Europe from South Africa will be with us for these dates plus Ty, UK black music MC and our dynamic Soul Brother Fred Ross from San Francisco.....

WATCH THIS SPACE.......for upcoming dates, recording news and reviews of all our shows

JAN 09: A BIG THANKS to all the guest artists and band members of Still Black, Still Proud for the parts you played in all we achieved with the project in 2008, including two awards at UK's Brighton Festival (Best Concert and Best Musical Event) and the following accolade from Bill Bragin after the show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in New York city:

" ...What a fabulous and funky highlight Still Black, Still Proud was! The band's powerful performance reminded us what a thrill it is to see New Yorkers, young, old, savvy and soulful in all their glory, basking in the energy of live music. The evening was perfect...."

Sadly Fred Wesley and Cheikh Lo will not be back with us for our upcoming dates, but we have some exciting new guests on the roster including Maceo Parker, as well as old friends Vieux Farka Toure, Ty, Tony Allen, and Martha High..... More guests and some 2009 dates to be announced very shortly....

NOV 08:
Our sincere CONGRATULATIONS to President Elect, Barack Obama.
Still Black, EVEN PROUDER - now you're going to be president!

SEPT 08: For 2 weeks in August Still Black, Still Proud embarked on a mile-shattering mini-tour of the US East Coast, venturing as far West as Chicago and Minneapolis. People are still talking about the shows (Check 'PRESS' section for reviews and interviews)

SEPT 08: Now as we go into Fall after pretty much four months non stop
on 'the road' the SBSP 'Tribe' are working hard to prepare a new show
with new guests for 2009.

AUG 08:

  • Still Black, Still Proud gets rave reviews after sell-out show at Munich's Bayerischer Hof.

  • STOP PRESS: Martha High to perform with Still Black, Still Proud at the Bristol Harbour Festival & The Big Chill.

  • A few of the band made a surprise appearance on Spain's biggest
    tv chat show Buenafuente on Monday (Jul 28th) in Barcelona. www.buenafuente.tv

  • Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo gave a fun-filled, powerful,
    funky rendition of 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' in a whirlwind appearance with 'Still Black, Still Proud'
    in Pirineo Sur.

Since an incredible start in early May when STILL BLACK, STILL PROUD was launched at the Brighton Festival, where it received the Evening Argus award for Best Concert and Award for Best Musical Event of Brighton Festival 2008, SBSP has not stood still!

Concerts throughout Europe in June inc; The Barbican, prestigious
festivals in France (Vienne and Samois), and the biggest world music events in Benelux, Dunya and Couleur Cafe.

Then in July a German debut in Munich and a tour of Spain........leaving everyone a little breathless...but the shows go on...!

Early August finds SBSP at the Harbour Festival in Bristol and the Big Chill at Eastnor Castle with Martha High, James Brown's long term collaborator

A short stop in France on Aug 9th for Les Escales Festival, in St Nazaire, Brittany

Bands First Dates in The US Aug 19-26:

Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, MFA in Boston,Lincoln Center Out Doors, Kimmel Center in Philly, 9:30 Club Washington DC, Dakota Room in Minneapolis and finally Chicago Jazz Festival.

All in all a brilliant start to a very exciting project........



Pee Wee Ellis and a host of African superstars are
bringing music full circle with an innovative project called Still Black, Still Proud.

Pee Wee Ellis has been described as "The Man Who Invented Funk" for
his work with James Brown, bringing R&B into the era of Funk, starting
with Pee Wee's seminal 1967 song, Cold Sweat – arguably the first pure
modern Funk song – and 25 more James Brown hits. It started a
revolution in music.

Funk was the renewal of the African in African-American music, making
James Brown's music immensely popular, deeply felt and vastly
influential in Africa.

So it only makes sense that Africa now comes to James Brown, with a host of African stars joining with Pee Wee Ellis in a rhythm-fuelled tribute
to the worldwide circle that Funk has become.