Jump N Funk, also known as “America’s Original Fela Kuti and Afro Soul Dance Party” was born in late-summer of 2001. To date, JNF has toured the world, making stops in Italy, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, Brussels & Germany as well as numerous nationwide and Canadian tour dates over the years.
Beyond touring the JNF brand exclusively, Rich Medina has also toured as Official tour Date DJ with both Femi and Seun Kuti, Zap Mama, Wunmi and New York City’s Antibalas extensively.”
From its inception, JUMP N FUNK was designed to raise awareness of Fela Kuti and his legacy, but has since become a nightlife institution, honoring not only his incredible contribution to music, but also the causes he championed: Pan-Africanism, Black empowerment and speaking up on behalf of the fundamentally downtrodden. Armed with an unparalled love of Fela and an unrivaled collection of Afrobeat records, Rich Medina has brought JUMP N’ FUNK to cities around the world with one purpose: to spread the love of Fela and Afro-Life!
Rich Medina re-creates the vibe of a Fela Kuti concert, with partner Mark Hines (The Marksmen) utilizing culturally relevant African photography and Nigerian dance videos for visuals and live percussion by Juan Carlos Izaguire and the legendary Leonard “Doc” Gibbs to accompany his turntable mixes, not to mention live performances by some of the world’s most respected Afrobeat leaders, including both of Fela’s sons, Femi and Seun Kuti. Other artists that have collaborated with Rich Medina for past JUMP N’ FUNK parties have been Zap Mama, Sandra Isadore, Akoya, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Wunmi, Ron Trent and many others.