Make Music Winter: December 21, 2016

Off The Afrobeaten Path | Kevin Raczka, Antibalas

Led by members of the percussion section of Brooklyn based Afrobeat pioneers, Antibalas, participants on this percussion parade will weave through the streets of Greenwich Village, creating a rhythmic fabric of interlocking parts and sounds. Percussionists of every level are invited to bring shekeres, claves, agogo bells, cowbells, and any other handheld percussion that melds with the rhythmic web of the West African musical forms that make up Afrobeat. Of course you can stroll right up and sign up here for in case we have updates for you on this exciting event and to reserve a free slice & soda provided by our friends at Two Boots! BYOP! Bring your own percussion!
Washington Square Park, 2:00 PM

Two Boots West Village, 3:00 PM

How to Join
BYOP! Bring Your Own Percussion

Antibalas (Spanish for "bulletproof") is a globally recognized musical ensemble originally modeled on the music of Nigerian bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Over 18 years, they have performed thousands of concerts around the world, having recorded six full length albums and collaborated with a who’s who of the global music industry. Although their music generally follows the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.

Kevin Raczka was born in Buffalo NY into a musical family. Playing the Clarinet for years before concentrating on drums. Moving downstate to attend SUNY Purchase college in 1999, Kevin continued to cultivate his craft while studying with musical masters including John Riley, Richie Morales and Kim Plainfield. Since then, he has performed and recorded with a multitude of musicians In NYC and has toured throughout the US, Canada, Africa, Europe, and South America. In the recent past he has been providing the pulse and gritty drumming for Valerie June, with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary, and VH1’s Morning Buzz. He can also be seen performing with Antibalas, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires, The Mandingo Ambassadors, Breakdown Brass, No $mall Money Brass and Low Mentality.