OLUFUNMI PRESENTS

op eagleThe greatest gift of the Most High, next to life, is the gift of the mind and the things we can create with it. Culture is the manifestation of this gift. Art is a manifestation of Culture, and has always been important and a part of how we show praise. It has also been important to the development of humanity in society. Culture is the heart of the people and an expression of Jah energy in us. "As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee."

Olufunmi Presents was born out of this philosophy. From its beginings in 1978 it has been the focus of OP to be a movement to support and spread art and positive cultural events of many types and cultures and bring people together to experience them. We offer event coordination, production and promotion, as well as artist management and support through our arts management group, AO Management. OP is also a fundraising function of the Order of Olufunmi, to help fund the community programs and projects of the Order. To that end we have always partnered with and helped other grassroots organizations with benefits and events of all kinds

 

Olufunmi has always been at the forefront of the reggae music movement since its beginings in the Western U.S. We were also a major part of the punk and newbunny wave movements which transitioned into Ska. Olufunmi Presents was the first to combine these music genres in events, like our infamous "Punk Giants Meet the Reggae Monsters" concert series. The Temple Beautiful(1839 Geary), Folsom Street Studio, and the American Indian Center and Reggae Street, all great venues from the San Francisco music scene's historic past were started and made famous by OP. We also were an intergral part of the beginings of Hip Hop on the West Coast, working with and presenting many of the early artists like Afrika Bambatta and Chuck D, the Funketeers, Rock Box, the Funky Fresh Crew and others.

punk vs regOP has always been a leader in social consciousness in music. We were part of the founding of Rock Against Racism in California and of the Free Geronimo Pratt committee just to name a few. We sponsored concerts and benefits for various community based organizations, as we did when we presented the Clash with New Youth Productions.

OP has also done and supported many tours for many top artists, especially first time, introductory ones. Our crews have supported groups like the Mighty Diamonds, Bad Brains, the Slits, the Meditations, Obo Addy, The Ethiopians, the Gladiators, Errol Scorcher, Sugar Minott, the Untouchables, Dead Kennedys, the Rastafarians, the Units, It's A Beutiful Day, and on and on. Many of our crews have gone on to be tops in their fields.

We held the very first Birthday tribute to Bob Marley after his passing. We worked with Petert Tosh on his first and only tour to California. We brought Ras Michael and the Sons Of Negus to California on the first independant reggae tour.

In 1994 we relocated with the Order to Sacramento, California, and in 1999 we put on the first reggae festival ever put on in a public park in Sacramento. As the Order focused on building a presence in the community there, and moved towards its social mission, OP took a back seat and was quite for a while. During this time our artist management division AO Management continued to work with artists and doing tours

In 2010 we started up again at the Full Circle Farm where we did a series of events while we helped the owner and one of our Church members fight 420U.S. Bank's fraudulant attempts to take the property under an illegal foreclosure which turned into an illegal sale.We miss the FARM terribly. We hope to have a new "Farm".

From 2012 until today, we've worked mostly on some large community events. But in 2016 we decided to do another Jaharvest Fest. But it proved to be an ill fated event.

MAC STAGING CAUSES LAST  MINUTE CANCELLATION OF JAHARVESTFEST 2016

Mac Staging Company was hired to do the lights, sound, and staging for Jaharvestfest 2016. They were supposed to set-up on Friday the day before the concert. Arrangements were made with the Fairgrounds and the site was available all day. We were contacted Friday morning by the owner of Mac Staging, asking when they could start set-up. He was told that the venue would be open all day for them to setup as we had planned. He assured us that his "crew" would be there and have everything setup by 8am Saturday.

His "crew" of 2, arrived at the venue around 8pm with half the staging and nothing else. They called the Rev to inform him that they only had one truck available and that they would have to setup what they had and go back to pick up the rest of the stage, lighting, and the mains for the sound system. (The major part of the sound system, we were informed on that Thursday was subcontracted to a Sacramento based sound company, and we had to pay them their share of the deposit and the rest sent to Mac Staging which was the first violation of our agreement, but it was handled and we moved on.) The two crewman then informed Rev that they would need to go back and pick up the rest of the staging and that the owner would be driving back with them and another truck with the rest of the sound system and lights so they would be set up no later than noon Saturday. Their only problem is that they had been sent out with a truck that was supposed to be fully gassed up and wasn't and they needed a couple hundred dollars of their balance to get back to pick up the rest of the equipment. So, after rehearsals the Rev met with them at the fairgrounds to give them the money. This was around 1am. They promised they would be back and have everything ready for the sound to be setup by noon. That didn't happen.

They didn't get back until 2pm because they were delayed by the owner, and when they got back the lights and the rest of the sound were still with the owner who never left because he had a "seizure". The sound company offered to get the lights and the rest of the sound from their sources but they wouldn't be able to be ready until 7pm. That meant losing 4 hours of music, which was unacceptable. So we very reluctantly cancelled the event. All the artists were here and ready.

We have been producing all kinds of events since 1976 and this is the first time this has happened to us. It will not happen again. So once again we apologize to all the massive effected.

Now, OP reorganized bigger and better, but with the same focus and family style, moves forward. Begining in 2020 we will once again begin holding benefit events for the community and Olufunmi, our parent organization. Info on these events will be in our website's event section. We of Olufunmi Presents say this is a great day and a great time to carry out our mission of “Oneness and Unity Through Culture”. Much more to come!!!!

Throughout this page you'l find images of flyers from a few of the events we held over the years. We have many many more. Once they are all digitized, we will add a section of those images.to this website.

Jah Bless!!!

 

 

 

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