Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYCs burgeoning 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 in
anyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla, says the Bay Areas 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, 12 pieces in total, has toured extensively throughout the East and West coats. Including a sold out show at Slims in San Francisco on December 30, 2010, a Monday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl in June 2011 and a recent tour supporting Asheville, NC heavyweights, Toubab Krewe. The band released their debut album Thieves! on December 30, 2010. As afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. The albums five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals.
Members of the band have performed or recorded with: TV on the Radio, Meta and the Cornerstones, The Walkmen, and many more.
*Times listed are when doors open. Music typically begins one hour later. Prices listed are for tickets only, an additional $5 door charge may apply for those under age 21 at our 18 and over shows.