Just wanted to take a minute to let y'all know that one of NYC's (and the world's) finest ensembles will be giving us a FREE concert at the University of Massachusetts on Saturday Feb 7th.
Kokolo blend heavy funk, afrobeat, and latin musics with punk energy. They even do a Clash cover. Led by Ray Lugo, this eight piece band is absolutely killer with heavy polyrythms, urgent vocals, and positive vibes. Extremely danceable and a lot of fun. The event is FREE!!!! (Can't beat the price!)
The band has four highly acclaimed LPs, as well as numerous singles for such labels as Freestyle, Record Kicks, and others. They have performed all over the world. Check the band's website here. And the Myspace page is here. Their new album "Heavy Hustling" is available now on Recordkicks.com.
The show is at the Bluewall (in the Umass Campus Center...just steps from the parking garage) and will be kicked off by WMUA.org DJs Andujar and Victor Signore. The doors open at 730pm, the show is all ages and open to the public. There will also be activist/information tables around the room. Anybody wishing to table should get in touch...firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monday before the concert Andujar will be conducting a live on-air interview with Ray Lugo on his weekly radio program "clandestino". The program runs 230-430pm (eastern time) and the interview will air on Monday Feb 2nd. Tune in to WMUA.org (91.1 FM in Western Massachusetts) to hear it. The interview will also be featured right here at Peace & Rhythm!!!
The concert is being presented by WMUA.org. For more info call 413-325-3382. Hope to see ya there! (Did I mention it was FREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
PS--watch out for the forthcoming compilation by Andujar and DJ Bongohead called "Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival", due out in March, featuring more music from Kokolo.