Black Market Brass, Mayasta Rhythm Band feat. members of Super Yamba Band, Molly Tigre

C'mon Everybody presents:

Black Market Brass, Mayasta Rhythm Band feat. members of Super Yamba Band, Molly Tigre

Super Yamba Band, Molly Tigre

Fri · September 29, 2017

8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Black Market Brass
Black Market Brass
Founded in Minneapolis during the spring of 2012, BMB came together when two guitar players discovered each other's almost identical craigslist ads aimed at starting a funk band influenced by among other things, the sounds of Fela Kuti, K Frimpong, and King Sunny Ade.

Over the next 3 years the band would relentlessly rehearse, fine tune, and develop their deeply powerful sound. What started as a funk band playing obscure covers eventually blossomed into a creative collective of musicians writing, arranging, and performing original music that builds on the sound of Nigerian Afrobeat by tastefully blending it with other styles. As time went on, the band cycled through players and material before arriving at what would become the permanent lineup and their signature sound.

In 2013 Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to critical acclaim within the collector and DJ communities. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved “This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the globe while BMB slang copies from the stage after shows throughout the Midwest.

Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB finally tracked their debut album at Secret Stash’s new recording studio in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Cut live in one room over the course of 3 days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of the band’s celebrated live shows. About the process, guitarist Hans Kruger says, “This music needs to be recorded live. Everytime we play there are these little connections that are being made between a couple of the musicians. The bass and drums might lock into something that the horn players don’t consciously know about. But while that’s happening, the horn players might find their way to some new interpretation of their parts. You would lose some of that if you went in and tracked everything one at a time. There needs to be room for collective improvisation.”

The album title "Cheat and Start a Fight,” and some of the songs on the album, are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught to conga player David Tullis by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Accra Nigeria during the summer of 2012.

Bátà drums are conical drums used for ritual Orisha worship among the Yoruba. They are thought of as talking drums in Yoruba culture, in that they can roughly imitate the contours of the Yoruba language through the use of various tones and accents. Since the drum can imitate speech, extended drum lines can be thought of as sentences. Groups of sentences can be thought of as a poem. This drum language draws on a vast repertoire of ancient proverbs called oriki. "Cheat and Start a Fight", is the first line for a Shango worship oriki poem titled “Yannije.” In addition to being the album’s namesake, rhythmic and melodic patterns found in specific oriki poems form the basis for two songs on this album, Moon King and Half A Cig.

Start to finish Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts, and rock solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop the 4 piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts of baritone sax, revels in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth between almost militaristic precision and ultra loose, sometimes free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of booty shaking party music with a dark, heavy, post-apocalyptic-like undertone. Its Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures and feelings. And while BMB is undoubtedly part of today’s Afrobeat revival, make no mistake about it, Cheat and Start a Fight stands on its own as a unique work that they hope will help progress the development of a genre of music they love, respect, and cherish. The incredible thing about recorded music is its ability to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by the 12 piece instrumental band, it is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago.
Super Yamba Band
Super Yamba Band
Listen to Brooklyn's Super Yamba Band, and you'll find a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk bolstered by a well-attested aptitude when it comes to live performance.

The band formed in 2014 –a ragtag gang of music-makers, having honed their craft alongside esteemed artists such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes to name a few. Through these experiences, perhaps the most influential collaboration for the band's sound was the with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck. "We played music pretty much constantly with Mamadou for three solid years in several different contexts and really came to understand African music through him," drummer Daniel Yount explains.

Look no further than Super Yamba Band's latest single, N'diarabi (feat. Ismael Kouyate), for a taste of what this imaginative group brings to the New York City music scene. "Opening with an unmistakable sabar groove, the track rapidly evolves into a burning Afro-stomper, with funked-out falsetto guitar licks and delirious organ riffs sitting firmly alongside Ismael Kouyate’s evocative guest vocals. Periodic horn bursts and an incessant bass groove complete the mix, making for a thoroughly fresh—and danceable—record that is sure to sound even better live." says Afropop Worldwide.

Super Yamba Band has spent most of 2015 and 2016 in the studio and are anticipating the release of more new music later this year.
Molly Tigre
Molly Tigre
A five piece group that weaves elements of North African music- especially from Mali and Ethiopia- into exploratory and progressive jazz. Ethiopian poly-rhythmic funk drinks a progressive jazz cocktail at Miles Davis' 1970's loft party.
Venue Information:
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238