Though West Africa's melodic drumming and drive gave birth to rhythm and blues, jazz and funk, Muyei Power's Afrobeat album "Sierra Leone in 1970s USA" proves that James Brown and his funky drummer's music did not groove down a one-way street. Can you dig it?
Multi-culturalism isn't just an ideal for Brooklyn, N.Y.-based musician Nasimiyu. It's the core of her identity and her sound, which grooves between Afrobeat, dream pop, experimental rock and neo-soul with total confidence. Judge for yourself on the new track "Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)."
Although based out of Fort Collins, Colorado since 2008, Euforquestra’s roots were planted in Iowa City at a time when the local music scene there was budding with new, notable acts and musicians (e.g. Chicago Afrobeat Project and Diplomats of Solid Sound).
Los Angeles-based Orgone has its sound down to a groovy science. Skeptics of life energy or libidinal wizardry (Google orgone) beware; you will be taken over by a potent mixture of funk, soul and afrobeat.
Polyrhythmic beat boxers, Afro-beat deconstructors and all around electro-minimalists, Mahjongg is a puzzle inside of a riddle inside of a puzzle. The Chicago collective brought its tense, imaginative sound to the studios of KDHX.
What's an afro-beat band doing in Ann Arbor, Mich.? Fusing blaring horns, varied percussion, synths and electric mbira, that's what. The big band brought their intricate sound to KDHX for a live session.
St. Louis' own Raw Earth Experience visited the Magnolia Avenue studios for a live set on Folks of the World.