Message from DJ Spinach: Let’s get together and share the vibe!!! Show featuring ZONGO JUNCTION, NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSAMBLE; DJs QUEEN MAJESTY, Spinach and Earthian.
ZONGO JUNCTION ( Private Records )
Generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s exploding afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever they perform. The Village Voice describes their live show as “Sheer energy with the force of a tractor-trailer that roars with power and noise.” With five horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, audiences can’t help but move no matter where the band is playing.
If the Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra’s music, the product would probably sound something like Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction, and in an industry where it has become commonplace to watch bands perform with laptops & backing tracks instead of live musicians, Zongo Junction takes the stage 11 strong. “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 Area’s SF Station.
NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSAMBLE
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since the bands inception in 1994, they have released ten CDs and they have performed regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, and South America.
NYSJEs recordings and performances have garnered them critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady and jazz. Performance highlights include: The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Quebec Festival de Musique, Musiques en Ete (Geneva), The Bob Marley Reggae Festival with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol, and The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the U.S. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the wall came down.
The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE s music can be heard regularly on television– on the Nickelodeon network, MTVs Road Rules, as well as two nationally airing Campbells Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, Properly, airs on MTV.
QUEEN MAJESTY ( DEADLY DRAGON SOUND SYSTEM )
Queen Majesty has been collecting reggae vinyl for the past 16 years and selecting it at various venues all around the world for over a decade.
As one of the 4 members of NYC’s Deadly Dragon Sound, she can also be found bringing crates of 45s to their weekly downtown parties that showcase Jamaican music and artists as well as sound system culture.
In addition to this, she had hosted the radio show “Deadly Dragon Sounds” on EastVillageRadio.com for over 6 years. This show was a forum to support Jamaican artists both legendary and breaking. Some in-studio guests included Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott, Johnny Osbourne, Brigadier Jerry, Dawn Penn, Ranking Joe, Spragga Benz, Bushman, Gappy Ranks and Screechie Dan. She now is now the host of “Jamaica Rock” every Thursday from 2-4pmET also on East Village Radio.
Queen Majesty never ceases to find songs she has never heard before in this vast genre, and she is endlessly happy to play these rare gems alongside classic tunes for fellow-music lovers.
Resident DJS Spinach and Earthian.
Advance tickets $10 at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/320421