Posts Tagged ‘Israel’
Not many information available about this Jam Band from Tel Aviv, which kindly gives us a hint with their group name. If you like modern Afrobeat-based bands like Antibalas, you can hop on the train, the waggons beside Afrobeat are Funk, Soul, Jazz, diverse Latin styles, Hip Hop and some Mideast influences. Sounds promising? It is!
Anikuku consists of DJ Sabbo, member of the fantastic Soulico crew, who plays a prominet role in the band and which results in a different sound compared to bands like Antibalas; the several times at urbanology featured Kutiman; Yaya Cohen Aharonov (bass) and Shlomi Alon (sax) from the highly recommend hebrew Hip Hop/Funk group Hadag Nahash, as well as Ilan Arad (sax) and Idan K (percussions, dijeridoo).
Ophir Kutiel a.k.a. Kutiman from Tel Aviv is just 25 years old, but he incorporates James Brown and Sly Stone type funk beats, complete with sinewy wah-wah guitar licks and popping backbeats, in his soulful afrobeat creations like an old funk player from the 70s. The multi-instrumentalist, who impressively plays the majority of the instruments on the album and also plays drums in the moog funk group Koliphones from Tel Aviv, merges a contemporary mindset with the sounds and styles of funk and psychedelic lore throughout this melodically-rich album. To diversify his aesthetic, he draws a little bit of reggae into the fold as well, clearly moved by the time he spent in the Caribbean traveling and taking in the musical culture. Kutiman invited some of the greatest musicians from the Israeli scene, on three tracks Karolina is featured with her beautiful voice, frontwomen of the soulful reggae group Funset and part of the chart breaking trio Ha-Banot Nechama, which are real superstars in Israel. Also on three tracks is Elran Dekel featured, maybe a nobody to you, but he is the leadsinger of the Israeli funk band Funk’n’stein, attracting international attention. For the extra kick the whole Funk’n’stein brass section is featured too.
“There are some great and gifted musicians in Tel Aviv, but the scene is so small we could all meet up in my room” explains Kutiman, this small scene must be superb.