The Souljazz Orchestra / Zongo Junction / DJ Bylamplight [Addenda Records / Plustapes]
Friday, Dec 07, 2012 9:00 PM CST
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Canada's hardest-working super-group, THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA, have been perfecting their signature sound for over a decade now: a percussive explosion of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, driven by majestic horn-drenched melodies, all backed by an arsenal of overheated primitive keyboards. The multicultural collective returns at full throttle this year with Solidarity, a dynamite new collaborative album released by UK-based Strut Records, featuring a range of unique artists connected to the group through Canada's vibrant underground scene, yet hailing from a variety of backgrounds, from Senegal to Brazil to Jamaica and beyond. These guests were the catalyst for memorable artistic exchange, where the group remained rooted in rhythmically rich musical traditions of the past, but kept their eyes firmly on the future, pushing the boundaries of Soul, Jazz and Tropical styles with a fresh set of heavyweight new songs, unified by an underlying message of positive social change. ZONGO JUNCTION is a giant band that pulls you to the dance floor and won't let you leave. Generating much well-deserved buzz in NYC's exploding afrobeat scene, their live show is revered for electrifying clubs with infectiously danceable, seeminly effortless West African grooves.