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Join UHURU AFRIKA, The Macrotones and Big Mean Sound Machine at Church for a night of Afro-Diasporic Dancefloor Explosion!
Friday, May 10th 2013
Church | 69 Kilmarnock
8pm | $10 Adv / $12 Door | 21+
UHURU AFRIKA: A conscious, multi-sensory and celebratory dance movement honoring the music born of the African continent and the diaspora. The musical format covers hundreds of years and thousands of miles, from traditional ancestral pan-African poly-rhythms to modern electronically produced dance music. Navigated by DJs Adam Gibbons and Max Pela with Malian master percussionist Sidy Maiga. Anchored in Boston, but travelling the world, Uhuru Afrika has opened for the likes of Femi Kuti, Tony Allen & Oumou Sangaré. They have participated in a Harvard University symposium on African Dance, and collaborated with the Brown University African studies department. Most importantly, it has brought about dance floor explosions in some of the hottest clubs and festivals around the globe, and continues to be a trendsetter, celebrating the complex beauty found in the rhythms of the Africa.
THE MACROTONES: Based initially in Allston, Mass, the earliest incarnation of the 10-piece Macrotones came together to play traditional afrobeat music. While this was a great introduction, it became apparent there were new, diverse directions the music was headed. Their sound quickly grew to incorporate elements of funk, soul, ethiojazz, and rock. The result is a dark and funky blend of persistent, interlaced rhythms, and powerfully dense horn lines. And with stimulating percussion percolating throughout, it’s obvious the way to take in a Macrotones performance is on one’s feet and dancing!
** www.macrotones.com **
BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE: Formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both Body AND Brain. The result is a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is Big and Mean. Fusing elements of afrobeat, garage rock, funk, and dub rhythms, BMSM cranks out the dirtiest, fattest, grooviest beats to keep you moving all night long!