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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!

Friends of Africa Benefit Concert

The Wesleyan Friends of Africa are putting on a benefit concert to raise money to build a school for girls in the Kibera slum in Kenya. So, if you want to rock out to some sick reggae, soul, rock, and funk, AND feel like a great person because you helped a little girl in Kenya get an education, then come to Psi U Friday at 10:15 with $4, or buy tickets in advance for $3.

Two student bands will perform, Banish the Rabbit (Rock/Reggae/Jam Band ) and Barefoot Junction (Funk/Soul), along with a band made up of Wes alums, Mamarazzi (above).

WHAT: Friends of Africa Benefit Concert
WHEN: Friday, April 3rd, 10:15 p.m.-2 a.m.
COST: $3 in advance, $4 at the door

Spotlight: Mamarazzi

Mamarazzi, an Afrobeat-infused band formed at Wesleyan and currently operating out of NYC, released an EP in November, “The New Ease“.

Most of the band members, Andrew Aprile ’06, Sam Bathrick ’04, Tacuma Bradley ’04, Rob Cohen ’06, Sam Franklin ’04, Eric Herman ’05, and Jeremy Noller, studied West African Drumming under Abraham Adzenyah at Wes, and were heavily influenced by African music and their undergrad travels to Ghana, Mali, and Madagascar.

From the band’s bio:

Funded by government stimulus checks and the ever-proverbial hamburger flip, the band’s first EP release, The New Ease, hit New York streets on election day 2008. Riding the momentum of a blow-out record release concert to a packed house at Black Betty in Williamsburg, Mamarazzi continues to shake up dance floors in New York City, hammering home a simple human theory: tasting your own sweat is fun.

Because it’s January and the ground is covered in increasingly grimy snow, this music is making me prematurely nostalgic for the blissed-out weekend afternoons in sunny April when live jazzy funk/funky jazz wafts out of the WestCo courtyard.

Listen to the music here.

Here’s a clip of their show at Bard last month:

The Next Big Sound: Mamarazzi