Bio: Fundi’s silky lyricism and captivating showmanship merged with Bob Schleeter’s electrifying guitar technique 29 years ago in San Diego, California. An impacting presentation quickly had this duo’s visual color and sound frequenting the Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego’s Wild Animal Park, and a multitude of nightclubs and casuals spanning from Los Angeles to Palm Springs.
Fundi, a quintessential “renaissance man,” is an actor, educator, dancer, illustrator, historian, published author and social activist. In 1987 he cofounded the POCASE Task Force, San Diego’s first people of color AIDS overall support agency. Invested contribution towards strengthening and building cross-cultural community, which also helped launch the area’s first Black Lesbian/Gay support group known as LAGADU, earned him the “Grand Marshal’s” title at San Diego’s 1990 LGBT Pride Celebration—the first Afro-American male seated in that position.
Fundi’s professional singing began in 1977. His vocal signature is steeped in percussive “scat” vocalization, enhanced by a masterful a cappella delivery. Well versed in stage Fundi’s professional performances do include such notables as Showboat, Ain’t Misbehaven’, the Caribbean classic Moon On a Rainbow Shawl, Ceremonies In Dark Old Men, an original titled Celebrations: An African Odyssey, Don’t Bothe Me I Can’t Cope and numerous other productions. Another venture found both Fundi and Bob as major operators in the 1985 Rhode Island production of Night Voices.
Bob Schleeter’s in demand composition and artistry has found him in collaborations both locally and nationally. Also a featured player in Max’s Friday night venue Bob is recognized by many as the Marin High School Academy’s long standing musical director. Notably Bob has introduced Fundi’s resource there as an “artist in residence.”
Max’s upcoming engagement will find this duo weaving a tapestry of Jazz, Caribbean, Reggae, Standards, Classic Soul and Popular selections accented by Afro-rhythms. Haunting a cappella pearls just may ornament a rousing entertainment affair.
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch Fundi and Bob’s long awaited Dyno-Jam Reunion.