Miliki Restaurant Showcases Nigerian Food and Music

Top: Yeni Animashaun, Aiyedun Oludayo; Middle: Yinka Aladokun, Mr&Mrs Basiru, Kemi Dairo, Bimpe Aregbe,Cindy Oludayo, Bunmi Aregbe (proprietress); Bottom: Yinka Farinde, Rasaki Aladokun, Bunmi Aregbe, Yeni Animashaun, Aiyedun Oludayo, Yinka Aladokun.

By Adenrele Iposu Miliki Restaurant, a Nigerian-owned African cultural meeting place in the Bay Area, recently showcased several new African juju dance music bands. Gbadura Babalola, the lead vocalist for King Sunny Ade, introduced Babalola & the African Royal Beat April 28 to a packed house. Rasaki Oladokun, ace master talking drummer for King Sunny Ade, also introduced his new band featuring Toronto-based Yinka Farinde, renowned vocalist for King Sunny Ade, on May 5. Gbadura Babatola’s African Royal Beat featured bassist Remi Abegunde from Chicago; keyboardist Tetteh from Sacramento; talking drummer Nojeem Lasisis from Portland, Oregon; and Santa Cruz-based guitarist Danjuma “Jimmy Lee” Adamu. Since it opened in 2010, Miliki Restaurant has become “the spot” for Africans socialites in the Bay Area and a favorite of African foodies. Miliki offers authentic West African cuisine prepared in the traditional and creative blend of ingredients and entertainment with flair of the international Lagos, Nigeria style. Miliki means “enjoyment,” in the Yoruba-Nigerian idiom. Owners Ishmael “Ayo” Okunade, Mrs. Eniola Aregbe and Bayo Aregbe offer live music the first Saturday, third Friday and last Saturday of the month, with special African guest musicians from across the U.S. Miliki Restaurant, located at 3725 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, provides catering, parties and wedding services. For information call (510) 531-6970, or go to www.milikispot.com
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