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    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.
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Always on the hunt for unreleased tracks from our favorite Afro players around the world, Paris DJs had the chance to have access to some exclusive new music Hard Proof, the Austin-based 9-piece Afrobeat/Afrorock/Ethio-Jazz which rocks the crowds like none other (well, excepted, maybe, The Budos Band…). With musicians from Black Joe Lewis And The Honeybears, The Echocentrics and Ocote Soul Sounds, Hard Proof is a kind of high-energy supergroup, and 'Trickle Down' featured in this selection sounds like an Hendrixian take on the Afrobeat genre. A vibrant & punchy way to close the curtain on this 3rd compilation, and a first glimpse to what's coming next for this 'Afrofunk International' series…

About Hard Proof :
Locally produced and internationally-inspired, Hard Proof is an Austin-based collective that brings intense Afrobeats to the state of Texas. Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet. Members of Hard Proof also perform with bands such as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Ocote Soul Sounds, Echocentrics, The Calm Blue Sea and Cougar.

Latest Releases :
- Dragon / Tere (7", Kept Records, 2013)
- Hard Proof (CD/Digital, Hard Proof Music / 2010)


from Rise of The Troubadour Warriors - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol​.​3, released July 3, 2013
Stephen Bidwell - Drums
Tommy Spampinato - Percussion

Tony Cruz - Congas

Joe Sokolik - Bass

Gerardo Larios - Guitar (solo)
John Branch - Guitar
Joe Woullard - Bari Sax
Jason Frey - Tenor Sax
Derek Phelps - Trumpet

Recorded at E.A.R. Studios and Level One Studios
Produced by Hard Proof and Adrian Quesada
Mixed by Adrian Quesada
Mastered by Erik Wofford
Composed by Jason Frey
Published by Afrobotic Music
© 2013 Hard Proof


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