August 30th @ YAAM, Berlin

Pax Nicholas And The Ridimtaksi in concert - 30.8. - 10PM - YAAM

Afro-Soul & Afro-Funk

June 1st @ Rich Mix, London

THE 2JONZ BENEFIT - with Pax Nicholas - June 1st, London

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LIVE! PAX NICHOLAS, KONKOMA, FOKN BOIS (WANLOV the KUBOLOR & M3NSA) and YAABA FUNK  - PLUS DJ's DUNCAN BROOKER (Strut Records), DJ FRANK (Sofrito) & MR HAGAN (with FOKN BOIS) - Hosted by the Shrine's Rita Ray (BBC World Service) and Max Reinhardt (Late Junction BBC Radio 3)

Musicologist, musician and professor at University of Accra, Prof John Collins had his life swept away by floods in Ghana last autumn and at roughly the same time legendary world music journalist Jon Lusk (Rough Guide, fRoots, Songlines, BBC Online etc) suffered a major stroke and so we thought it would be a great idea if we could get together and make a benefit happen to help both and this is it.

Soundway and Strut have been holding the most wikkid, kicking and indeed, hard and happenin' Afro parties at the moment and what with that and their association with both Jonz ... they are indeed the cats to enchant the masses. They are bringing highlife superstars Konkoma (Soundway), Ghanaian Afrobeat legend Pax Nicholas (Daptone/Africa 70) and their dancefloor pulverising DJ's to the party. And then while we were putting this amazing bill together, London's favourite Afrofunk warriors Yaaba Funk cancelled everything in their diaries to join us. And then the Ghanaian Nu-Wave joined in too: Fokn Bois (Wanlov the Kubolor & M3nsa). Like M3NSA said:

"We're sleeping on a hero. This man is not only preserving our music, but our history and more importantly our culture and unique identity. Its rather unfortunate that he's not getting the support he deserves but here is a good place to start. And FOKN BOIS are honoured to be a part of this."

This massive cohort of Artists have lined up to be a we just need a generous audience to fill Rich Mix to make the Lifeline a reality!!! Let us make it count!

JULY 15th - 10PM - Festsaal Kreuzberg

PAX NICHOLAS AND THE RIDIMTAKSI - Afrobeat Sensation - July 15th 2011 - 10PM - PAX NICHOLAS, MEMBER OF FELA KUTI'S LEGENDARY BAND AFRICA 70 FROM 1971 TO 1978 - HARD-HITTIN' AFROBEAT WITH A HEAVY DOSE OF SOUL! - FESTSAAL KREUZBERG - SkalitzerStr. 103 - U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor - Opening 9:00 PM - 10,- pP Abendkasse / box office - 12,50 pP Vorverkauf / pre-selling -
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PAX NICHOLAS AND THE RIDIMTAKSI is a band of 12 skilled musicians from Africa, Latin America & Berlin who share the love for heavy and funky music. Lead by experienced showman, singer and percussionist Pax Nicholas from Ghana they are out there to make you happy with hard-hittin' AFROBEAT and a heavy dose of SOUL. In 2010, they left an impressed audience when they opened the show for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Huxley´s, Berlin. Be it original Fela Kuti songs or Pax´ own Soul, Funk and Highlife influenced compositions, be it classic or modern: when the Ridimtaksi is on the move you better be ready, these guys will make you move your feet and shake your hips

Before and after the show

BLACK ATLANTIC BEATZ-DJs Matatu & Bongo will take the audience on a transatlantic trip to the funkiest soundz ever made! From heavy Funk'n'Soul of the 60s and early 70s via tropical music with a funky flavor as Latin Boogaloo and Afrobeat, Cumbia and various Afro-Brazilian rhythms to Afro & Latin urban styles of the 21st century as Baile Funk, Kwaito & Kuduro... it's all part of the Black Atlantic Beatz experience: five decades of killer grooves from Africa and the African diaspora in the Caribbean, North and Latin America. Massive dancing action guaranteed, all night long!


Pax Nicholas and his band Ridimtaksi are proud to open the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show at Huxley´s, Berlin.

On this autumn´s SJDK Europe tour,  Berlin will be the stage for a very special encounter: an Afrobeat veteran will share the stage with Soul Sister No.1! Pax Nicholas and his band Ridimtaksi are proud to open the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show at Huxley´s, Berlin. Born in Accra, Ghana, Pax played in Fela Kuti's legendary band Afrika 70 between 1971 and 1978, and has been living almost unrecognized in Berlin until 2009, when  Daptone Records reissued "Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef", a long lost solo album of Pax, recorded in Lagos, Nigeria in 1973. Since 2003, Pax leads his own Afrobeat project with highly skilled musicians from West Africa and Germany: RIDIMTAKSI - hard-hittin' Afrobeat guaranteed, keepin' alive the Fela spirit and adding some fresh ingredients! Don´t miss this Daptone family meeting, when heavy Afrobeat and dynamic Soul join forces to shake Berlin down to the ground!

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Schon die Vorgruppe Pax Nicholas & the Ridimtaksi stellt einiges an Personal und Instrumenten auf die Bühne vom Huxleys.

Tagesspiegel 20.10.2010
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Schon die Vorgruppe Pax Nicholas & the Ridimtaksi stellt einiges an Personal und Instrumenten auf die Bühne vom Huxleys. Bläsersektion: Trompete, Tenorsaxophon, Bariton-saxophon. Rhythmussektion: Schlagzeuger, Congaspieler, zwei Schüttelpercussionisten, Bassgitarre. Orgel. Gitarre. Und dazwischen wieselt und wuselt ein kleiner kompakter Mann. Er nennt sich Pax Nicholas, stammt aus Ghana, gehörte einmal zur Band des Nigerianers Fela Kuti und lebt seit Jahren in Berlin. Zum dampfenden Sound seiner kompakten schwarz-weißen, afrikanisch-deutsch gemischten Band bongot er exzessiv und gibt den rasanten Shouter mit heiser kräckelnder Stimme, die ein bisschen an Bob Marley erinnert. Eine gute Dreiviertelstunde spielen Pax Nichols & the Ridimtaksi eine mitreißende Mixtur aus Afro-Beat, Soul und Reggae, afrikanischen und karibischen Rhythmen, gestochen scharf. Jede Note, jeder Beat, jeder Abschlag exakt auf dem Punkt. Nicht nur die Bläser sind eine Wucht.

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