Novalima, Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)

Fri Jun 26 2015

10:00 PM (Doors 9:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

$20.00 ADV / $25.00 DOS

All Ages

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HAPPY HOUR AT THE KNIT FRONT BAR
*AFTER THE SHOW UNTIL CLOSE*
$3 PBR & ROLLING ROCK
$6 PBR + WELL SHOT
$8 PBR + JAMESON SHOT
ā€‹$2 OFF EVERYTHING ELSE

Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Novalima, Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)

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  • Novalima

    Novalima

    Latin

    Since its formation in 2001, Novalima has been breaking down boundaries, uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities and generations to create an inspiring movement that has revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru. Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation. Their efforts have also helped bridge the divide between the Peruvian mainstream and the Afro-Peruvian community, a minority population that has struggled against discrimination and the threat of cultural dissolution for generations. Outside of Peru, Novalima has garnered critical acclaim from mainstream and underground media alike, a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and a featured spot in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s hit Mexploitation movie Machete. While their sound is futuristic and cutting-edge, the roots of Novalima’s music stretch back hundreds of years to the times of slavery and Spanish colonial rule. In a far-too familiar tale, African slaves were brought to Peru as early as the 1500s until the middle of the 19th Century, establishing an outpost of African culture in South America. Over the years, the soul and rhythms of Africa blended with the melodies and instruments of Europe and the Andes. The result is rich musical repertoire that has existed for generations on the periphery of Peruvian popular culture. The founders of Novalima, Ramon Perez-Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales, and Carlos Li Carrillo, became friends and started playing in bands together while in high school in Lima, playing a pivotal part in the underground hardcore punk scene in the 80s, and the psycodelic/acid rock scene during the 90s. The children of artists and intellectuals, Ramon, Grimaldo, Rafael and Carlos were well educated and well traveled, and while they listened to traditional Peruvian folk music regularly in family reunions and in the street, they shared a fascination for rock, dub reggae, latin and electronic music, constantly exploring new sounds. Indeed, without modern technology, Novalima might not have developed, as the group came together at a time when the four founders were each living in different parts of the world. From their homes in London, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Lima, they started emailing song ideas to each other. These long-distance experiments resulted in their 2002 debut album, the selftitled Novalima. The reception to the album exceeded their wildest expectations, eventually reaching platinum sales status in Peru, and for their next album they invited more Afro-Peruvian musicians to join their recording sessions. The outcome was Afro, an album that was released worldwide in 2006 to tremendous acclaim and put Novalima on the international music map. The London Metro Evening Standard raved, “Novalima has more than succeeded in bringing the spirit and soul of Peruvian blues into the 21st century.” Afro held the #1 spot on the US College Music Journal Latin Alternative and New World radio charts for ten weeks combined. The founders of Novalima have since returned to Lima and invited some of their favorite Afro-Peruvian musicians to build the live show, which set the scene for a string of legendary festival performances around the world such as Roskilde, WOMAD, Pirineos Sur, NYC Central Park, and Chicago’s Millenium Park. On their 2009 album Coba Coba, Novalima expanded on the critically-acclaimed formula they developed with their two previous recordings, while taking their inspiring fusion in new and exciting directions, delving further into the African roots of Afro-Peruvian music, bringing in influences from its musical cousins reggae, dub, salsa, hiphop, afrobeat and Cuban son. The result was a modern approach to Afro-Peruvian music that made the genre accessible to a younger and wider public. In anticipation of the band’s acclaimed 2009 US and European tour, they released Coba Coba Remixed, featuring exclusive remixes by top DJs and producers including Da Lata, Zeb, Faze Action, Seiji, Boozou Bajou, Haaksman, and more. The album was filled with funky beats and chilled out grooves that delighted fans of globally inspired dance and electronica. At the same time, a stunning music video for the band’s song “Coba Guarango” was featured on the home page of YouTube and quickly amassed well over 100,000 plays in 24 hours. After two years of constant touring, in 2011/12 the producers gathered in their home studio in Lima to record and mix “Karimba” (hot iron used to mark the cattle, as well as the slaves), taking novalima music into new levels, introducing both new sounds and traditional rhythms like the Panalivio, Zamacueca, Ingá and Tondero, while maintaining their distinctive afro and dub sound. Their reputation at home allowed them to work with the top traditional musicians in the city, inviting vocalists Pepe Vasquez, Rosita Guzman, and Sofia Buitron as well as guitarists Roberto Arguedas and Felix Casaverde (former guitarist of chabuca Granda), in addition to members of the live band. For the worldwide release of Karimba, Novalima partnered with USA-based ESL Records (Thievery Corporation), and garnered astounding press accolades from NPR, Giant Step, Nat Geo Music and more, while also topping the iTunes World Music Chart and cracking the top 10 Billboard World Music Chart. After the release, NOVALIMA embarqued on a world wide promotional tour that took them to stages in USA, Canada, New Zeland, Australia and Latinamerica throughout 2012 - 2014. On 2013 the band released “Karimba Diabolic Remixes”, through NYC´s Wonderwheel label, hand selecting some of their favorite remixers to re-interpret “Karimba” to their own vision. The choice of remixers reflect Novalima’s global appeal in the Latin diaspora worldwide: Seiji (UK), Da Lata (UK), Jeremy Sole (US), DJ Smash (US), DJ Sabo (US), Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza, Nickodemus, etc… 

    NEW ALBUM 
    Throughout 2014 Novalima has been recording what will be their new album, “Planetario” to be released in 2015 on Wonderwheel. The name of the album reflects its worldwide feel as it has been recorded in various locations around the globe including collaborations by top local and international musicians. A few of this recording sessions where done in Colombia which has given some of the new tracks an AfroColombian vibe and takes their exploration and development of deep afro rhythms into the future. Collaborations include Sidestepper vocalist Eka Muñoz, as well as members from La-33, Pernett and La Mamba Negra, plus a few other artists from around the world like Marc de Clive Lowe (UK/NZ), Panko from Ojos de Brujo, Kumar (Cuban rapper based in BCN). Remixes from the album are already under way with Bomba Stereo, Quantic and Nickodemus already lined up. In addition, Novalima is revamping its new live show in preparation for a 2015 North America, South America and European tour to promote this new release, soon to be announced!

  • Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)

    Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)

    World

    Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band”, is comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical. Individually, the musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage. After performing around the world, they recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They are now back home in New York preparing new material to take into the studio for their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording, and looking forward to starting a weekly Monday night residency at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents

Novalima, Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)

Fri Jun 26 2015 10:00 PM

(Doors 9:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Novalima, Chop and Quench (The Fela! Band)
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$20.00 ADV / $25.00 DOS All Ages

HAPPY HOUR AT THE KNIT FRONT BAR
*AFTER THE SHOW UNTIL CLOSE*
$3 PBR & ROLLING ROCK
$6 PBR + WELL SHOT
$8 PBR + JAMESON SHOT
ā€‹$2 OFF EVERYTHING ELSE