The To And Fro Edition: Bixiga 70, The Souljazz Orchestra & Zion80
Bixiga 70: III
You look like you could use some serious ass-grooving this week. Well, you’re in luck, we’re kicking off this afrobeat heavy set with Bixiga 70 and their recently released third album, appropriately titled III and funky, funky funky. Starting pretty much where the grandmaster Fela Kuti left off with his Afrika 70 band, this Brazilian big band throws it back old school while looking forward. III has plenty of modern flourishes to go with its respectful update of the afrobeat sound. This is nine tracks of dark and dank grooves, so what are you waiting for?
The Souljazz Orchestra: Resistance
From then north comes The Souljazz Orchestra who combine elements of afrobeat with other all-around-the-world sounds from Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. Their newest album Resistance also honors the political heritage of the music, with songs like “Courage” and “Shock and Awe” and super-rhythmic spitfire vocals, they’re as full of emotion as they are funk. Still, there is plenty of get-down on this album, so don’t fret.
Zion80: Adramelech: Masada The Book of Angels
Zion80 have an incredibly unique spin on afrobeat, mixing in the standard, irresistible Fela Kuti sound with more traditional Jewish music. Regardless of your beliefs, it’s undeniably groovy. On their newest album, Adramelech, Jon Madof and his 11-piece NYC-dance-machine were enlisted by John Zorn to provide their take on his legendary Masada songbook. The result is a perfect confluence of the body and the soul. Enjoy!