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 in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. 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. In the year since releasing their debut record – PAO! – the band has risen to soaring heights in their home state of Arizona, garnering a stellar reputation for bringing the party and a message of solidarity within their scorching live performances. With the impending release of their sophomore effort in 2018, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is poised to take on the world… so keep your ear to the pavement!
Well worth noting: PAO has shared the stage with such musical icons as George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic and The Roots, as well as amazing live burners Dengue Fever, Polyrhythmics, Lake Street Dive, The Dip, Calexico, Rita Indiana, Orgone, Turkuaz, Arouna Diarra, and Morris Alan. The band was also fortunate enough shared creative space with the wonderfully prolific fine artist Kehinde Wiley.
One People, for the People. PAO! PAO! PAO!