For the fourth year, Barbès and Electric Cowbell present a Manhattan showcase timed to coincide with the APAP conference - an annual rite which, every January, brings musicians from around the world to New York. Barbès and Electric Cowbell, have teamed up to bring a particularly exciting roster to the ever more suspect borough of Manhattan.
Electric Cowbell is a Brooklyn and DC-based label dedicated to the release of 45rpm seven inch vinyl of new talent (from the likes of the Debo Band, Khaira Arby, Chico Trujillo and Mucca Pazza). Like barbès, the label doesn't believe distinctions of genre are always pertinent and promotes like-minded musicians with and esoteric approach to tradition.
Barbès is a Brooklyn club and record label which just celebrated its ten years of eclectic programming - from classical string quartets to Georgian polyphonies, punky tarentellas and Mongolian rockers.
Part P-Funk, part Punjabi-Funk, BlackMahal is a San Francisco-based live music experience complete with drums, DJs, horns, hip-hop MCs, and godfather of the dhol drum Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti – who’s collaborated with the Black Eyed Peas, the Doors, and many other major artists.
BlackMahal is steeped in an Old California experience that started in the 1890s when the first Punjabi-Americans settled in the Great West and forged a new identity with elements of Mexican and African-American influence. It also represents the new California feel: hippy hybrid hip-hop and hysterical hi-jinks. The 9-piece band has rocked major concerts across North America including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, with feature articles in Rolling Stone, Wired, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as rotation on BBC Radio 1.
Montreal’s own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles.
This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows. As the group's ongoing explorations open up new ways to interpret a musical style that has traditionally been marginalized, the “good stuff” that has always existed in the Hip-Hop movement is revealed in everything that is Nomadic Massive.