Since the early '70s when he made an impact as a member of New Orleans' famed funk group the Chocolate Milk Band, Ken "Afro" Williams has continued to work as a percussionist with a variety of musical luminaries from New Orleans and beyond. In addition to penning or contributing to several of Chocolate Milk's hits, including "Action Speaks Louder Than Words," Williams built up an impressive repertoire, starting when he studied at Southern University with legendary jazz saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, later working for 15 years with Allen Toussaint and then putting in regular performances with Dr. John. Williams also made an impact in the studio, recording with a diverse collection of stars including Paul McCartney, Patti Labelle, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Cocker, the Neville Brothers, the Olympia Brass Band, and Etta James. As a producer in the early '90s, he worked with Ernie "Mother-In-Law" K-Doe, Oliver "Who Shot the LALA" Morgan, and Milton Batiste. The late '90s found Williams composing for television and film, as well as performing with the Wild Magnolias and his own group, Ken Afro and the All Nations, who released a self-titled debut album in 2001.
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