LPR Presents: Felabration NYC 2017: with Low Mentality Afrobeat Massive feat. members of Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat & very special guests, Underground System, Super Yamba Band feat. Kaleta & DJ Mickey Perez
9:00 pm doors | 10:00 pm show | 21+
$15 advance | $20 day of show
More info: bit.ly/2gcDJkv
About Low Mentality:
Known for his work in groups like Antibalas, The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar founded the band Low Mentality in 2011. The group merges elements of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and rock music to create deeply funky compositions that balance a compelling new style of songwriting with propulsive, danceable grooves. Nikhil has been immersed in Brooklyn's Afrobeat scene since joining Akoya Afrobeat (fronted by former Fela guitarist Kaleta) in 2007, and went on to join Antibalas two years later. He has since performed Afrobeat music all over the world, from New Zealand to Tokyo to the Canary Islands to Broadway as an occasional player in the Fela! Broadway musical. Nikhil has broken bread and made music with a number of Fela collaborators and disciples, including most recently Tony Allen, creator of Afrobeat's signature drum sound. In addition to writing original music that uses the structure of Afrobeat in different stylistic contexts, maintaining public interest in Fela's musical style and message is major goal of Nikhil's career. This year's Felabration NYC aims to bring the community together and build off the success of last year's all night celebration.
About Underground System:
The glorious grab bag of internationally-grown members of Underground System (who take their name from a Fela Kuti song) reads like a roll call of musical and cultural diversity. Conceived in Brooklyn, this unstoppable female-fronted corps of neo-afrobeat-deconstructionists has cultivated a sound as inimitable as its members. Hinged on a tight, seamlessly executed stage show, this group astonishes wherever they go, compelling crowds to dance with unbridled vim. To provide a sliver of a glimpse of insight into their unfathomably varied roots, their original dance floor track “Bella Ciao” received worldwide fanfare, as several DJs and producers cut and remixed it. The song is a “retro-futuristic” reimagining of an anti-fascist WWII ballad from Italy, sung by the African American-Italian lead singer (Domenica Fossati) who was born in Miami and raised in Venezuela. Citing influences from the South Bronx girl group ESG to the Brit-new wave cult crew XTC, this subterranean organization of deliciously scrambled afrobeat re-inventors continues to soar across broadening musical horizons. Promoting their soon-to-come debut album, Underground System is touring with irresistible vitality, acquiring praise as they spread majestically modified, delectable African beats to dance halls around the country.
About Super Yamba Band:
Brooklyn’s Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance.
The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba’s sound and the musician’s understanding of the African music tradition. Super Yamba Band have collaborated with many stars on the African music scene including Ismael Kouyate, Kaleta and Daouda Diane.
About DJ Mickey Perez:
Mickey Perez has been putting down the funkiest sounds from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, U.S., Europe & Asia to NYC dance-floors since 2007. Living in Brooklyn since 2002, his Tropical Disco sound holds down weekly residencies Sunday nights at Bembe in South Williamsburg as well as on Tuesdays at Jupiter Disco in Bushwick in addition to playing regularly throughout Brooklyn at venues such as Black Flamingo, Mezcaleria La Milagrosa & Donna Cocktail Club in Williamsburg, in Bushwick at Starvue & occasionally House of Yes, in Bed-Stuy at Project Parlor & Lovers Rock and finally in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill at Sisters as well as in Manhattan at Nublu in Alphabet City/East Village. NYC aside, Mickey has also rocked crowds internationally in London, England and Havana, Cuba and elsewhere nationally in New Orleans & Miami respectively.
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