Frank Gossner returns…Spinning rare 60s/70s African funk, disco vinyl!
The Observatory and Everyone’s A DJ (EADJ) are proud and excited to be announcing the details of this event:
Arguably armed with the largest and most rare collection of West-African music and vinyl in the world, Frank Gossner (VOODOO FUNK) is a major authority on world music. With his 22 years of DJ experience and his 2 residencies in New York and Berlin, he is absolutely specialized in bringing the magic, long-lost sounds of West Africa to dancefloors around the world, often after having dug them out of crumbling warehouses in Nigeria and beyond.
During his last performance in Saigon nearly 2 years ago, VOODOO FUNK played a totally epic set that just kept on throwing the crowd into delirious states of musical intrigue hour after hour. You can be sure it will happen again on this night, which is a highlight on the sonic calendar of the city that’s not to be missed.
Support act: DAN LO [Eclectic Aesthetic – Saigon]
Frank Gossner’s career as a DJ began 1994 in Berlin. In 1996 Frank moved to NYC and his weekly Vampyros Lesbos Party soon turned into a NYC nightlife classic that went strong for 4 full years and that people still talk about today. In 2000, Frank moved back to Berlin where he founded the Soul Explosion which soon became Europe’s biggest Deep Funk event.
In 2005, Frank again felt the urge to find new musical horizons and took a plane to West Africa where he extensively traveled countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria to build up a unique collection of rare African Funk records. For a while, he also hosted a radio show in Freetown and held club nights at various nightspots in the Guinean capital Conakry.
At times he had to flee through countries under martial law, spent days stranded in the middle of nowhere due to broken down bush taxis, got robbed at machete-point and braved thousands of miles of unpaved roads. All of this in the purchase of rare and unknown grooves to share with the rest of the world.
Frank’s African digging adventures are chronicled on his critically acclaimed blog http://www.voodoofunk.com, together with over 40 hour-long mp3 mixes and countless photographs.
In the summer of 2008, after 3 years in West Africa, Frank moved to NYC where he held down club residencies at Santo’s, Glasslands, The South Paw and at Zebulon. From NYC Frank continued flying back to Africa for month long digging trips once or twice every year. Due to a strong network of Ghanaian and Nigerian agents, boxes full of records continued to arrive at the Voodoo Funk headquarters in Brooklyn all through his time in NYC.
In 2009, Voodoo Funk re-released the legendary solo album by Pax Nicholas of Fela and the Afrika 70 fame together with his friends at Daptone Records. In March of 2010 Voodoo Funk put out the Lagos Disco Inferno double LP/CD on Academy LP’s which sold in its entire first edition within the first week of its release and had to be re-pressed immediately. Next came a retrospective on Ghanaian cult band The Psychedelic Aliens and various other re-issues of rare to unknown West African Funk and Afrobeat records like both Marijata LPs, the Freedom Family album, a long lost Afrobeat record by Orlando Julius and a whole series of hard hitting Nigerian Deep Funk 45s. Further releases include the Martin Brother’s album “Money” and The Lagos Disco Inferno Vol.2 which was released as a series of 12″ Maxi Singles and more is yet to come
In 2012 Frank moved to Central America on a top secret mission that is rumored to last for several years. Constantly on the move, Frank might interrupt his expeditions at any given time to pop up at the most unexpected of places to lay down an exclusive DJ set.
Frank Gossner’s DJ sets burst with exclusive tracks that are so rare that they can’t be heard anywhere else on this planet. But make no mistake, with over 15 years of experience in working dance floors across the globe, Frank knows to always put the power of an infectious groove above the mere rarity of a record.
“The man has undergone one of the more interesting musical metamorphoses that we’ve come across, transforming himself from a slightly sinister spinner of sexaholic go-go beat at the ’90s sleazefest Vampyros Lesbos into one of the world’s foremost collectors of rare ’70s- and ’80s-era Afrobeat, Nigerian disco, Ghana highlife and the like” Bruce Tantrum/Time Out New York
Voodoo Funk video CLIPS on Youtube
Voodoo Funk DOCUMENTARY on Youtube