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Ocote Soul Sounds is led by Martin Perna, recent emigré from Brooklyn New York best known for his work as founder of Antibalas, and sideman with TV on the Radio. He will be joined by special guests from Havana Cuba including the critically acclaimed female hip hop trio Krudas Cubensi in one of their first US performances. DJ Hobo D spins the funk hits of now and yesterday.
From ESL Music:
“El Niño y el Sol” is a collaboration between Martin Perna (Ocote Soul Sounds) and Adrian Quesada. They are founding members of two of the world’s most successful and progressive afro/latin/funk big bands, Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma, respectively. Antibalas (Brooklyn, NY) has been credited with reviving the afrobeat sound popularized by Fela Kuti while Grupo Fantasma (Austin, TX) has been called “the adventurous musical offspring of Los Lobos and Mano Negra.” Being longtime fans of each others bands, Martin and Adrian gathered one afternoon in 2003 in NYC for a brief recording session. The two remained in touch, trading music and ideas via phone and email for the next year until winter of 2004, when a road trip resulted in Martin being stranded in Austin, TX for two weeks.
In winter of 2004 Martin Perna embarked on a eco-utopian roadtrip involving a Mercedez-Benz running of vegetable oil from Brooklyn, NY to Michoacan, Mexico. On his way back to Brooklyn, the car broke down around Austin, TX where he stayed for over two weeks at the home of Adrian Quesada. It was a matter of days before they realized they should take advantage of the time and record at Adrian’s home studio, Level One Studios. They began to work on ideas using minimal equipment, including an MPC 2000, flute, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion and the groundwork was laid for “El Niño y El Sol.” The result would begin to blur the boundaries of the music that inspired them-soul, funk, afro-latin music, hip hop and movie scores. Some songs were based off instrumental hip hop tracks, others were recorded entirely live. To round out the album, a few songs recorded over 2 years ago by Ocote Soul Sounds in NYC were added. Among them is “Divinorum” which has been released as a 45 on legendary NYC DJ Bobbito’s Fruitmeat label and has been a hit at DJ Rich Medina’s afrobeat parties. Other tunes were based on samples of Martin’s flute from their 2003 session! The music was then compiled and sequenced together in 2004 to complete the album.
“El Niño y El Sol” is a unique collaboration – a soundtrack to a lost film, a document of a specific moment in time and of two musical contemporaries joining forces to create beautiful instrumental music. Martin and Adrian will continue their busy schedules with Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma and are slowly working on the followup to “El Niño y el Sol.”
ABOUT OCOTE SOUL SOUNDS:
” A vital accompaniement to your sun bound journeys” – Knowtheledge.net
“A grand adventure in sound…Enough to make even James Brown jump back and kiss himself” – The Austin Chronicle
“The best thing I’ve heard in a long time.” – Eric Hilton, Thievery Corporation
“Like the Beatnuts spiritually busking: good shit” – Update Magazine
“Modern jazz-funk that takes its time, overtones of afro, latin, deep funk and hip hop.” – Latinvibe.co.uk
“This isn’t the purple faced sax player funk 45 you’re sick of, it’s the mojito sippin, Don Juan Stuff” – Turntablelab.com
“Staged yet free flowing, rare and delicate, tripped out and hazy.” – The Fader