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International Music Hero Roy Ayers Live in Leicester

Iconic musician/ vocalist Roy Ayers played live on Saturday 12 December at the new 2Funky Music Café, to a full house.  His first time in Leicester in around two decades, Roy Ayers will no doubt be the first of many influential artists to play at the venue.  People travelled from all over the UK to see Ayers, who is one of the most sampled and remixed artists in recent history. 

With a career that spans over five decades, Ayers is one of the pioneers of acid jazz, and his tracks "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" and "Searchin’" are regarded as classics. Among those who have incorporated his work are A Tribe Called Quest, Mary J. Blige and Brand Nubian. Ayers has influenced the likes of Pharrell Williams and a whole generation of jazz, R&B, soul and hip hop artists and producers. He has also collaborated with hip hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and singer/ songwriter Will Downing. 

Together with support from Cantaloop band and a DJ set from Tony Minvielle & Jonna, this was a gig to remember. Look out for more iconic artists playing at the new 2Funky Music Cafe in the coming year and check out footage of Ayers, performing live.