Kaleta, Super Yamba Band, DJ Mickey Perez

C'mon Everybody presents:


Super Yamba Band

DJ Mickey Perez

Sat · December 30, 2017

11:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Guitarist Kaleta (real name, Leon Ligan-Majek) hails from Porto Novo in the republic of Benin, but lived all his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria, a stones throw from Benin. Kaleta has played, toured and recorded with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill, Majek Fashek to mention but a few. Kaleta is the frontman to New York based 13 piece Afrobeat band Akoya Afrobeat as well as leading his own band Zozo Afrobeat.
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.
DJ Mickey Perez
DJ Mickey Perez
A first generation American born DJ of Cuban & Ecuadorean descent, Mickey Perez was born in Chicago, IL in August of 1978. Mickey grew up hearing the music of Motown as well as James Brown & Michael Jackson to Latin legends such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz & Beny More at home on a regular basis. Upon moving to Miami in the summer of 1990 those influences would evolve into The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Gangstarr, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest & Tupac Shakur among others.

After graduating from film school in Orlando, Mickey moved to New York City in September of 2002 basing himself in Brooklyn to further pursue a career as a Feature Filmmaker. Over the next 8 years, Mickey saw his goal slowly sail farther & farther in the distance while he toiled away his time working on a myriad of banal Talk, Game & Reality Television shows during this span in addition to Producing for a major Ad Agency, GreyNYC, beginning in 2008. By 2009, Mickey was disillusioned with the prospect of working as a Producer in the Advertising Industry long term. It was during this period, Mickey purchased a record player & thus records and began collecting some of his favorite old albums but also began listening to music that was new to him specifically Nuyorican Latin Soul aka Boogaloo and Underground Disco from NYC, Chicago and pretty much anywhere as long as it was funky. Everything changed for Mickey when he purchased the album “Subway Joe” by Joe Bataan. With that album, Mickey found his new favorite style of music - Boogaloo - and with it began to find as many records as possible that had the Latin Beat fused with American R&B and Rock & Roll.

From this nexus, Mickey and 2 of his closest friends began DJing house & loft parties on the weekends sometimes for money but mostly for free in Brooklyn in 2008-09 playing a range of Disco, Funk, Soul, Post Punk and Punk Funk from Europe and the US to go with Boogaloo and classic 70s Salsa from Fania Records mainly on the Afro/Latin/Caribbean side. These house & loft parties for fun became passion projects for Mickey specifically, mainly because he had zero outlet in terms of being creative while working as a Producer. In January of 2010, Mickey’s employer and him agreed things were not working out for both sides and decided to part waysMickey would turned a still growing interest of DJing in its infancy and decided to take a crack at DJing full time giving up what might have been a promising career in Advertising in the process.

Becoming fully immersed in the subject of New York, Chicago & Detroit’s underground dance scenes of the 70s & 80s, Mickey began studying the approach & direction of DJs David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy among others absorbing how they put their styles of music & sets together. To add a special ingredient from his own background & upbringing, Mickey also dug deep into the New York Latin music scene of the 60s & 70s, specifically Boogaloo & Salsa to deliver a definitive & unique New York based sound not heard out in conjunction with the Disco sound during this time.

As Mickey's musical tastes continued growing & his DJ style began to develop, that New York Sound he was attempting to create organically expanded itself to include indigenous dance music from other distinct parts of the world. Some of this evolution was in part due to him moving to London, living & DJing there for 9 months from Fall 2010- Spring 2011. In London, Mickey’s selection expanded even further into South America in regions such as Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Ecuador, in the Caribbean such as Haiti, Cuba, Cape Verde, Guadeloupe and finally Cape Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa among the many other musically rich countries throughout Africa.

Upon returning to NYC in May of 2011, the New York Sound Mickey was attempting to develop wound up morphing into a truly Global Sound by accident during his time in London. It evolved into a sound that can wreck a dance floor in Brooklyn the same way it can be wrecked in London, Soweto, Sau Paulo, Accra or Cartagena. A full time DJ since 2010, Mickey currently holds down weekly residencies throughout Brooklyn at Black Flamingo in Williamsburg on Wednesdays, Le Boudoir in Brooklyn Heights on Fridays and Sundays at Bembe in Williamsburg. He also holds monthly & bi-monthly residencies in Brooklyn & Manhattan at the following locations: at Donna Cocktail Club & The Randolph in Williamsburg, Starvue Loft in Bushwick, Project Parlor in Bed-Stuy, Sisters in Fort Greene and in Manhattan at Nublu in Alphabet City.

You can hear Mickey’s DJ mixes on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/mickey-perez on Mixcloud at https://www.mixcloud.com/mickeyperez
Venue Information:
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238