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Zongo Beat Junction
Aubergine After Dark
Sebastopol, CA
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Zongo Beat Junction
Live at The Kennedy Center -

Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC's thriving afrobeat scene. The ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform. The critics agree. "The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug inanyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla," says the Bay Area's SF Station. "Sheer energy, with a brawny horn section that played unison lines with the force of a tractor-trailer and a rhythm section that roared with power and noise." Says the Village Voice. The band has toured extensively throughout the East and West coats. Highlights include supporting Asheville, NC heavyweights, Toubab Krewe, headlining the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Fall dates with Souljazz Orchestra, Turquaz, Rebirth Brass Band, Balkan Beat Box. Zongo Junction has been hard at work in the studio writing and recording music for a new album, which will feature FELA! cast member, Abena Koomson on vocals. The album features an innovative combination of authentic afrobeat roots and healthy influences from the 12 members' other creative interests and experience as sidemen in bands including, TV on the Radio, Easy Star All-Stars, The Walkmen, Josh Roseman's King Froopy Allstars, Andrew D'Angelo Big Band and many more. Look out for new music that combines experimental textures and indie-rock influences with infectiously dancable West African grooves. Currently putting the finishing touches in a new record for 2013 release. The previous album's five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals and percussion.

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Aubergine After Dark (View)
755 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States

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