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January 4, 2013
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Brooklyn afrobeat band coming Friday to Crystal Bay Club

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. - Generating a well-deserved buzz in New York City's exploding afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever they perform. On Friday night, they'll perform for free in the Crystal Bay Club.According to the band's website, the Village Voice describes their live show as "Sheer energy with the force of a tractor-trailer that roars with power and noise." With five horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, audiences can't help but move no matter where the band is playing.If the Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra's music, the product would probably sound something like Brooklyn's Zongo Junction, press materials state, and in an industry where it has become commonplace to watch bands perform with laptops & backing tracks instead of live musicians, Zongo Junction takes the stage 11 strong.Zongo Junction formed in 2009, when drummer and California native, Charles Ferguson, returned from a six-month stay in Ghana, West Africa.The band is hard at work recording their second album, scheduled for release in 2013."In writing this music as a collective, a lot of really cool new influences have emerged," points out tenor saxophonist Adam Schatz. The music on the album embraces the individual members' interests, from Dirty Projectors, to Albert Ayler, Wu Tang to Meshuggah.At the music's core, you will always find the infectiously danceable West African grooves that are the foundation of Zongo Junction. The band effortlessly ties it all together, resulting in a unique version of afrobeat.


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