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This week’s Top Tune, a sly nod to the genre of freestyle (the underground Latin dance music of the ’80s), never fails to ignite a fire at live performances. “Illusión de Ti” comes from the brilliant 2010 Chico Mann lp Analog Drift from our pals at Wax Poetics Records.
Born in New York City, Marcos Garcia was immersed in not only the electro beats of New York and Miami, but also the rich musical tradition of Cuba that courses through his veins. Proficient on guitar and keyboards, Garcia found a new groove when he co-founded Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. As Chico Mann, he assembles all of his influences into a tight, fresh fusion. “I’m employing several dialects to make a larger musical statement,” he says. “They’re all branches of the same tree.”
Come down Wed Jan 13th to the Short Stop in Los Angeles to hear him spin some of those influences you’ve never heard before!
Contact & Licensing info:
Written by Marcos Garcia. Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music In Context LLC (BMI), Contact: Damon Booth – email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. Master controlled by Wax Poetics Records.
Jan 06 2016
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Captain Planet and Chico Mann have reunited for a slice of chilled-out global bass on this week’s top tune, “Aguacero”. It’s the first track on the new EP, More Slang from Brooklyn-based label, Bastard Jazz which also features a sweet LondonBridge remix of “Un Poquito Mas”.
Captain Planet (Charlie Bethel) began Dj-ing and making beats on a Tascam 4-track in his teens. He became obsessed with vinyl records & began digging for samples which led to a love for Reggae, Latin, and African music. Charlie’s worldwide travels and tireless search for new sounds led to a collaborative friendship with Chico Mann & to his distinctive “Gumbo Funk” style as a producer. Click HERE to grab the EP and 2014′s excellent Esperanto Slang LP.
Speaking of travel, Chico Mann has been scheduled to appear as a featured artist at the historic Manana 2016, to take place May 4-6, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba . Manana is a non-profit music festival connecting Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the pioneers of the International Electronic music community. Built on the deep love and mutual respect for rhythm, Manana aims to create an environment of free expression and cultural exchange. The festival is a celebration of Cuba’s cultural capital, Santiago de Cuba, and a celebration of community. collaboration, and dance.
Click HERE for a full list of performers, to pledge your support, to get tickets, and travel information for this historic event. See you down there!
Contact & Licensing Info:
Written by Marcos Garcia & Charlie Bethel.
Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music in Context LLC (BMI). Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com or Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Jasstard/Bazz c/o Defend Music (BMI). Master controlled by Bastard Jazz.
Nov 11 2015
Attn: global bass lovers, Captain Planet, self-proclaimed renaissance man and Gumbo Funk producer returns with another world beat dance jam featuring vocals from Chico Mann (AKA Marcos Garcia of afrobeat outfit Antibalas). the More Slang EP also includes a new London Bridge remix of “Un Poquito Mas”. Available now at iTunes.
Oct 31 2015
Chico Mann returns to Cali in concert this coming Saturday, September 26, 2015 for Oakland Music Fest 2015. Launched in 2013 as a celebration of all things Oakland, OMF is an independent showcase featuring local and international musical talent as well as local eateries, breweries and small craft distillers. Founded by a group of friends and Oakland locals, the Festival aims to foster and support both the local music, art community and the diverse food & spirit craftsmen that collectively give Oakland its distinct flavor. Click HERE for tickets and more information.
Sep 22 2015