Posted on 16 May 2017
by MMNY Staff
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMISSIONER JULIE MENIN ANNOUNCE JUNE IS “NEW YORK MUSIC MONTH” NEW YORK – […]
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.
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.