Limited edition (300 ex.) 5CDs boxset designed by illustrator Ben Hito
5 conceptual compilations with various strands of groovy, funky, psychedelic and moving afrofunk, afrobeat, ethio-jazz, highlife, afrojazz, afrosoul, Carribean Funk and other Tropical Grooves from all over the world. All new & exclusive tracks from the best Afro bands today hand-picked by the Paris DJs Soundsystem gang of curators.
Contains 5 "Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International" CDs in carboard sleeve : - Vol.1 - Dis Is Good For You - Vol.2 - We Are The Fire Inside Your Mind - Vol.3 - Rise Of The Troubadours Warriors - Vol.4 - Have you Ever Been To Electric Afroland ? - Vol.5 - A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
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After seeing Miles Arntzen killing it on the drums with Antibalas in Paris last year at Le New Morning, we had to inquire. The young man discovered Fela Kuti after beginning jazz school at New York University in 2009 and leads EMEFE (which stands as the spoken acronym of M.F.A., for 'Music Frees All'), a ten-piece band from Broolyn, who plays its own mix of afrobeat, mixed with the funk of Sly Stone and jazz and hip hop influences, all with a rock and roll edge. With a horn section mostly playing as a whole, a focus on songwriting and arrangements, and guest vocalists such as Chico Mann (from Antibalas) or Gabriel Garzon-Montano (from Mokaad), their album 'Good Future', released last summer, is a great discovery of 2013 for Paris DJs!
About EMEFE :
EMEFE was created in 2009 by Miles Arntzen after he discovered the amazing power of Fela Kuti's music. In the same way that Fela used this music as an escape from and confrontation against the Nigerian authorities, EMEFE uses its music to fight the inner authorities that we put on ourselves, each for our own specific reasons (hence the band's motto, Music Frees All). With the EMEFE sound, which consists of a four-piece horn section, a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists and a keyboardist, the bands hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling. Dubbed 'one of the Big Apple's best live acts,' EMEFE has been called to support Passion Pit, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Antibalas, Rusted Root, and more. Members of EMEFE have played with artists such as Antibalas, the Fela! musical, J.D. McPherson, Charles Bradley, Asphalt Orchestra, Budos Band, Lenny Pickett, Medeski Martin and Wood, Superhuman Happiness, Grace Weber, and many more.
from Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol.4,
released October 25, 2013
Miles Arntzen : drums, percussion
Jas Walton : tenor saxophone
Christian Anderson : baritone saxophone
Ray Mason : trombone
Michael Fatum : trumpet
Jake Pinto : Hammond organ, Farfisa, Wurlitzer
Deen Anbar : guitar
Davy Levitan : guitar
Doug Berns : bass
Javier Ramos : congas, percussion
Chico Mann, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Luna
Garzón-Montano, EMEFE : vocals
Paris-based production team (Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito) featuring worldwide guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop and more audio goodness.