The Bowery Presents
The Greyboy Allstars

The Greyboy Allstars

Super Yamba Band

Fri, April 21, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, NY

$20

This event is 21 and over

The Greyboy Allstars
The Greyboy Allstars
When The Greyboy Allstars first formed almost 15 years ago, some of the West Coast's visionary young musicians came together to realize the unique artistic vision of rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy: an original sound reminiscent of `70s soundtrack music. It not only was beloved at the time, but also proved seminal: Echoes of it can heard in the work of countless bands since, and each member of the group went on to achieve success as solo artists and in other collaborations. What Happened to Television? finds the group reunited with DJ Greyboy, whose role as producer marks his first collaboration with the band since their 1995 breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo.

The Greyboy Allstars' success together served as a platform for the group's members to launch highly successful, substantially diverse—and all different from the Greyboy Allstars sound—solo careers; and the further immersed they became in their individual undertakings, the harder it became to bring everyone together to record and/or tour as The Greyboy Allstars. Hammond organist and keyboardist Robert Walter has recorded and toured with everyone from the Headhunters to downtown NYC avant rocker Bobby Previte. After the Greyboy Allstars scored the film Zero Effect, guitarist/composer/ Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) continued to write for the screen, scoring such critically praised films Donnie Darko and Me and You & Everyone We Know, as well as the underground TV hit "Freaks and Geeks." He has also produced recordings by Metric, Brendan Benson, Inara George and Gary Jules, whose Andrews-produced cover of "Mad World" reached #1 on the U.K. charts. Most recently Andrews produced the soundtrack for Jake Kasdan's 2007 film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Horn player Karl Denson became leader of one of the top live touring bands, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield are one of the most sought after rhythm sections in any genre.
Super Yamba Band
Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn's Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance.

The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba's sound and the musician's understanding of the African music tradition.

Look no further than Super Yamba Band's 2016 single, N'diarabi (feat. Ismael Kouyate), for a refreshing taste of what this imaginative group brings to the New York City music scene. The single highlights the band's progressive take on psychedelic Afro-Funk and boasts their ability to collaborate with heavy hitting performers on the African music scene. "N'diarabi" features the vocal wizardry of Ismael Kouyate, an acclaimed griot singer/dancer from Guinea, West Africa best known for his work on Beyonce's single "Grown Woman," in addition to the critically acclaimed musical Fela! On Broadway. "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." -Afropop Worldwide.
Towards the end of 2016, Super Yamba Band began collaborating with another phenomenal singer Daouda Diane from Mali, West Africa. Diane has since become a part of the bands live show adding an even higher level of energy to what was already a polished performance. The band is heading back into the studio this March to record their first full length LP that will feature Diane's vocals.

Super Yamba Band's second single 'Control Per Capita (C.P.C.)' came out in January of 2017 under the Brooklyn label 3rd Generation Recordings. The song was recorded in 2015 but the band felt like the timing was suddenly right to put out their most politically charged anthem. The song was originally written to pay homage to Fela Kuti’s 1977 tune “Johnny Just Drop.” Like many of Kuti’s protest songs, “Control Per Capita” is a cry against the “control of every head,” says writer and trumpet player Sean Smith. Described by Funkish as an "exhilarating, funky instrumental song," C.P.C. calls out the injustices of controlling unknowing populations, often through the use of propaganda and fear tactics on the 24-hour news cycles, according to Smith. Though the song was originally written in 2014 and recorded in 2015, “the theme rings particularly true in America right now,” says bandleader and drummer, Daniel Yount, “especially as the methods of control are becoming more literal with walls and bans.”
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/