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Buru Style Serves Up “Funktastic Holiday Treat”

“It’s the kind of good time you can have with friends at 2 am, with the neighborhood kids the next afternoon, and with the whole fam around the fire on that special December night of your choice.”

Last year we posted about a collection of “wild (dare we say ‘zany’?) reinterpretations of classic holiday music from several faiths,” from campus reggae/funk faves Buru Style. This year, drum teacher/grad student/all-around percussion wiz Bill Carbone writes in to remind you of the omnidenominational holiday treat and let you know it’s available on iTunes, eMusic, and burustyle.bandcamp.com—actually in time for the holidays this time. It’s been a year since I first heard this EP, but these takes on “Jingle Bells” and “Hannukah, Oh Hannukah” don’t sound any more sane.

The album features Jake Schofield ’12, Andrew Fogliano ’10, Jake Gold ’10, Eric Sherman ’11, Ian Coss ’11, and Bill Carbone (grad) as well as seriously alumni MC Kabir Sen ’99. Here’s a seriously funked out “Jingle Bells,” featuring the aforementioned MC Kabir:


Submitted by Jake Schofield ’12:

Buru Style will be playing a celebration at Buddhist House tonight, in honor of being done with those damn classes! It will be a classic Buru house party throw-down, a testament to the triumphant return of Brian Papish, coming back from over a year of soul-searching in the mouuntains of Nepal.

That means there’s gonna be a fucking Sousaphone! OMG!!!

Prepare yourself for hours upon hours of madness and music.

  • Date: Today, Wednesday, May 4
  • Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Place: Buddhist House!
  • Cost: Free
  • Facebook Page: Here
  • Two songs with a really long name uniting them: Here

Buru Style Releases New Single for Free!

Some (but not all!) of the members of Buru Style pose on a couch.

Exciting news for Buru Style fans everywhere from Bill Carbone:

After more than a year and almost 100 gigs with vocalist Toussaint Liberator, the NY-CT-MA dub collective Buru Style parked their cars and focused on making some permanent music in their new home studios. They’ve recorded nearly three albums’ worth of material, and over the next several months, the fruit of their efforts will ripen and hit the airwaves.

Buru Style’s latest single features Ajahni, a Haitian dancehall vocalist who ruled the Boston reggae scene for years with his past band Vibewise. Ajahni contributed original lyrics to Buru Style’s roller-skate-reggae reimagining of the Soul Syndicate classic “Marawana” (the gang back up vocals feature most of the Lincoln Street house). The b-side, “Infinite Wisdom,” has Ajahni riding Buru Style’s “RotoCop” riddim and features an extended-mix dub treatment by Andrew “Fatch” Fogliano.

All of the music was recorded at Wesleyan, either in the university studio or in local basements and attics. The recordings feature Bill Carbone (PhD candidate, drum/steel band teacher), Eric Sherman ’10, Ian Coss ’11, Andrew Fogliano ’09, Jake Gold ’09, Jake Schofield ’12, Brian Papish ’11, percussionist Jamemurrell Stanley and sousaphonist Tim Boucher.

Get Wild: WILD Wes Party!!

Party hands up, Party hands downFrom a secret environmentalist:

This party is going to be off the hook! We got THREE BANDS (Treasure Island, Static Stamina, and Buru Style) throwin’ their finest jamz at you one after the other.

Dress to impress… as a WILD animal!

Proceeds go to the purchase of plants. Fruit trees, wildflowers and all sorts of awesome flora attracting fauna to make your campus look good, smell great, and be awesome!

$3 in advance (Usdan, every day at lunch), $5 at the door

Facebook event here.

Date:   Friday, March 25
Time:   10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Place:  Psi U

Buru Style @ WestCo Cafe

Apparently something is going on in the WestCo Cafe this weekend? Something “titillating” and “rump-shaking”? It rhymes with Sturu Byle?

Jake Schofield ’12 has the, err, bluntly worded [see what I did there?] deets:

Some of you may recall a particular Reggae Rager in the WestCo Cafe nearly a year ago today. On Saturday, February 5th, the stars will align once again to provide a very voluptuous evening of sweaty, outrageous, titillating, rump-shaking. Buru Style—hot off a killer show at the Blue Note last weekend—will be performing for the first time in a long time with the whole band. Plus, this crazy awesome Haitian named Ajahni will be there to sing his fucking brains out.

Organ Trio at Buho Tonight

Buru Style’s Bill Carbone, a drummer undoubtedly fresh, a drummer that won’t give you a choice but to dance, a drummer that will crank your musical selves into oblivion with boom, is coming to BuHo tonight with his organ trio (Beau Sasser on organ, Ryan Hommel on guitar). Tonight’s band has toured with Melvin Sparks, a guitar player with some 150 albums to his credit and one of the forefathers of the style. Should drive you some real boogalo.
Wesleyan musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in on the 2nd set! Show starts at 9 PM and goes to midnight.
  • Date: Tonight
  • Time: 9:00 (now) till midnight
  • Place: BuHo
  • Cost: Free

Buru Style – “The Omnidenominational Holiday Experience”

From campus favorite Buru Style, who just rocked Westco Friday night, comes an album of multidenominational holiday song reinterpretations:

The Omnidenominational Holiday Experience is a collection of wild (dare we say “zany”?) reinterpretations of classic holiday music from several faiths. It’s the kind of good time you can have with friends at 2am, with the neighborhood kids the next afternoon, and with the whole fam around the fire on that special December night of your choice.

Jake Schofield ’12 writes in with some further details:

Not only is it for all religious purposes, it is a truly dynamic album! These tunes sound great whether you’re baking cookies (or latkahs) with your mommy, or you’re gettin baked in your dorm room with your friends (or mommy).

Physical copies are for sale at Joe’s Music Store on Main Street, as well as online (price includes shipping!). Or if you wanna ‘go green’ or be lazy, just download the MP3s. Do it!

You can stream, download, or order the album here. Seriously, this tripped out take on “Hannukah, Oh Hannukah” is either the most brilliant or the most irritating thing I’ve ever heard. Decide for yourself.

Buru Style and Men With Bad Manners @ Westco

Jake Schofield ’12 sends in important information about “music that is super-fantastic” and may or may not lead to “the best night of your life,” so plan accordingly:

This Friday night promises to be the best night of your life. The festivities begin with Men With Bad Manners at 10 PM, playing their signature blend of music that is super-fantastic.

After that, the Other-International-Haitian-Super-Star-Who-Didn’t-Try-To-Run-For-President Ajahni will go into a trance-like state of reggae brilliance with the veteran stage-men of Buru Style.

Ya’ll already know how Buru gets down. If you don’t, then hot damn! You gots to ask somebody! Just come! And have the most magnificent night of your life!  But most importantly, don’t forget to bring a can a food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry!

  • Date: Friday, November 19
  • Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Place: Westo Cafe
  • Cost: Free

Musical Shark Attack

Brian Papish ’10 writes in about a funky end of the year blowout featuring The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Toussaint & Buru, Mamarazzi, and DJ Lord Lewis.

  • The Guardian UK called the Phenomenal Handclap Band “astronauts of progressive soul, moored at the stellar point where rock, funk and psychedelia bloom into cosmic-disco amazingness.” Check out their video:
  • Toussaint & Buru Style are, of course, Wesleyan’s own soul and reggae band. Come by and see them while you can, because they might not play at Wes next year!
  • Mamarazzi spontaneously combusted under the careless scientific supervision of a group of Wesleyan University Alum. The band’s sound has been born and born again through daily revivals of its earthly ingredients. The result, like a ripe grapefruit, is that just-right combination of unlikely elements: tart funk, acidic groove, and nectar of ancient lullaby. Check it out:
  • DJ Lord Lewis is the funkmaster of WESU. He’ll bring his personal collection of records to spin throughout the night.
  • Also, Musicians Helping Hands will be selling CDs to benefit Kenyans in Kalemng’orok and Eldoret, so bring a few extra bucks!

Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Free!