People We Meet: Diamond Vibes Of Afrolicious
May 22, 2021
Diamond Vibes felt great in his silver velor pants as he strolled through the city he had spent more than two decades in.
“I came down from Nevada town to take a break from life there,” he explained.
After living in San Francisco for 25 years, Vibes, 54, moved to Nevada City during the pandemic to work on his art.
Vibes is the lead vocalist and percussionist of Afrolicious, a group he says has created a percussion-based, dancing funk music movement in the Bay Area. Every Thursday night for 13 years, Vibes performed and sang at the Elbo Hall.
Music, he says, “has respect and love for all Afro music, be it reggae, hip hop, folk or any other blues based music.” It’s music to make people dance.
And over the years, Afrolicious has grown in popularity. Eventually, Afrolicious opened for Erykah Badu, and starred alongside the Broadway cast of Fela!, a musical based on the music of Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti.
“Everything we do should always be for the greatest good and our community,” said Vibes, who grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Music allows him to do that.
“When I go on stage to play, I feel it comes from my soul, it doesn’t repeat itself.”
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