Yes it’s true, he wears a skirt; it’s actually a mud cloth wrap. Yes, yes, he goes everywhere barefoot and rumors of no underwear might very well be true, but would you expect anything less radical from a Kubolor? And for those who are not hip to this word; a Kubolor pronounced “coo-bor-law” is a rascal or truant; one who does not appear to be under parental control or guidance, always on some adventure like Kofi Babone or Peter Pan.
Antibalas (pronounced /ɑntiˈbɑlɑs/, or approximately "ahn-tee-BAH-las", from the Spanish for "bulletproof") is a Bushwick, Brooklyn based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Although their music is primarily afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.
Exploding out of the rich cultural mix in the melting-pot of London, UK’s underground music scene comes the half-Brazilian, half-British, Afro-Brazilian funk sound of Saravah Soul. Fronted by fiery break dancer Otto Nascarella, the intensity of their live shows has earned them a reputation for wild performances and a rapidly expanding fan base. Now their ground breaking first album (self-titled Saravah Soul) has caused an international stir amongst record labels eager to sign them, and the band seems set on an unstoppable rise to even wider acclaim.
Jungle by Night is a young and swinging, promising band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Friends, family and former strangers form a nine-headed ensemble, which is the talk of the town at this moment. Being different from the slipstream of young bands that find their inspiration in British and American pop, Jungle by Night is inspired by music away from the mainstream. Their music is a mixture of Afrobeat from Nigeria and Jazz from Ethiopia, played with a Western rock attitude.
The Budos Band are an "Instrumental Staten-Island Afro-Soul" outfit recording on the Daptone Records label. The band has eleven members (up to thirteen members at times) who play instrumental music that is self-described as "Afro-Soul," a term and sound which - in a recent interview - baritone saxophone player Jared Tankel elucidates as, being drawn from Ethiopian music the band had been listening to that had a soul undercurrent to it, which the band then "sprinkled a little bit of sweet 60's stuff on top" of.
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON! Casabella is an exciting new Latin-Beat band that has just recently burst onto the UK music scene. This 9 piece band has been rocking dance floors and clubs with its vibrant songs and groovy rhythms. With musicians from Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, the word "fusion" takes real meaning with this colourful, young, and soulful band.
From Applecross in the West Highlands of Scotland, Derek produces a blend of Funk, Blues and Afrobeat with a twist of Celtic flavour including occasional Gaelic content. Loaded with driving fretless bass rhythms and lots of guitar. Listen to '10 Out Of Illusion' for a view from the croft as told in the dawn of the 21st century.
The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the Kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds’s Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra was born, combining their love of afrobeat with their appreciation of the space jazz pioneers of the 70’s and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60’s, coupled with a hefty nod towards James Brown.