Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction

11-Piece Afrobeat/Jazz Fusion, led by Charles Ferguson (drums).

Charles Ferguson – Drums
Noah Garabedian – Bass
Ross Edwards – Keys
Pavel Kogan-Liakhov – Guitar
Jordan Hyde – Guitar
Morgan Greenstreet – Percussion
Adam Schatz – Tenor Sax
Aaron Rockers – Trumpet
Kevin Moehringer – Trombone
Joe Hartnett – Alto Sax
Jonah Parzen-Johnson – Baritone Sax
Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s burgeoning afrobeat scene. The ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform.
The critics agree. ‘The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug in, anyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla,’ says the Bay Area’s SF Station. ‘Sheer energy, with a brawny horn section that played unison lines with the force of a tractor-trailer and a rhythm section that roared with power and noise.’ Says the Village Voice.
The band, 12 pieces in total, has toured extensively throughout the East and West coats. Highlights include a sold out show at Slim’s in San Francisco on December 30, 2010, a Monday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl in June 2011 and a recent tour supporting Asheville, NC heavyweights, Toubab Krewe.
The band released their debut album Thieves! on December 30, 2010. As afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. The album’s five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals and percussion. 
Zongo Junction is currently in the studio writing and recording music for a new album, which will feature FELA! cast member, Abena Koomson on vocals.  The album features an innovative combination of authentic afrobeat roots and healthy influences from the 12 members’ other creative interests and experience as sidemen in bands including, TV on the Radio, Easy Star All-Stars, The Walkmen, Josh Roseman’s King Froopy Allstars, Andrew D’Angelo Big Band and many more.  Look out for new music that combines experimental textures and indie-rock influences with infectiously danceable afrobeat grooves.
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