Sat, January 12th

APAP Showcase: Barbes & Electric Cowbell take Manhattan

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Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:00pm
Advance Price $10 (Free Admission w/ APAP Badge)
Door Price $10 (Free Admission w/ APAP Badge)

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APAP Showcase: Barbes Records & Electric Cowbell present
Banda de los Muertos, M.A.K.U Soundsystem. Chicha Libre, Super Hi Fi, and Black Masala

 Apap January 12

Jan 12th, 2012 7:00pm-11:30pm

Banda de Los Muertos, Chicha Libre, 
M.A.K.U Soundsystem, Super Hi Fi 
Black Masala and DJ Warp.


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.

This edition of our Manhattan invasion will feature the fanfare of Mexican brass band Banda de los Muertos, the psychedelic cumbias of Chicha Libre, the trippy dub of Super Hi Fi, the balkanized harmonies of Black Masala, the punky Colombian roots of M.A.K.U and the global beats of DJ Warp.

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Led by bassist and composer Ezra Gale, Super Hi-Fi mixes the rhythmic landscapes of dub with afrobeat and raw rock and funk. Gale's last outfit, the San Francisco-based Aphrodesia, memorably took their take on Afrobeat all the way to Femi Kuti's Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, and now Super Hi-Fi has been creating waves in the fertile Brooklyn music scene since 2010. The band's first release, the 7″ vinyl "Single Payer" (Electric Cowbell Records), was recorded by Brooklyn dub legend Prince Polo.


In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly Ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. Led by Oscar Noriega and Jacob Garchik, Banda de los Muertos now counts Banda el Recodo itself as admirers, and have a large following among NY's Mexican community.


Black Masala is an eclectic eight-piece group from DC featuring members from Thievery Corporation, See-I and Bellflur. They are inspired by Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, Appalachian twang which are all processed by an Ambient/Experimental sensibility and an indie rock attitude.


The Brooklyn band is at the forefront of a movement to revalorize chicha, the syncretic mix of rock, psychedelia, surf and cumbia that was popular in Peru in the 70's. As its name indicates, Chicha Libre takes liberties with the genre, adding touches of classical music, French pop as well as a general Brooklyn flavor - but keeping it all on the dance floor. They group has brought their psychedelic blend to Istanbul, Lima, Paris, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, London, Berlin, Womex and Globalfest. They will perform this spring at Vive Latino in Mexico City and their latest album, Canibalismo was released worldwide by Barbès and Crammed Disc.


Comprised of 8 members, hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro- Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra, and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising. 

Brian Keigher (aka DJ Warp) is a staple DJ on the Chicago club club scene where he is a regular at legendary clubs such as Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque. Brian was also the very first DJ to ever play the Chicago Symphony Center. With an unique ear for the latest in abstract dance music and unusual international music, Brian has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Konono No.1, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti, Bebel Gilberto, Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. 
Having achieved worldwide acclaim for his off-brand variety of Electro-driven Reggae, Chicago based, Panamanian Dancehall toaster, MC Zulu continues to push the sonic envelope. He deliberately chooses rhythms with a worldly, yet uncategorizable feel as the backdrop for his rapid fire, randomized cadence.While many of his Dancehall contemporaries, finding themselves adhere to a more classic Reggae songwriting style, Zulu enthusiastically breaks rules and routinely channels a variety of artists which have nothing to do with Dancehall to create his intriguing sound. It's no surprise that some of his most ardent fans around the world are DJs who have embraced the Global Bass Music trend. In addition to being featured in Puma commercials, recording for Ninja Tune records with Ghislain Poirier, performing at Pitchfork and Wakarusa music festivals, Zulu has toured the world and has collaborated with Beat Science, Kool Keith, Radiohiro, Frikstailers, Bionik, Aceyalone, Rubber Room, The Drastics, David Last, Kush Arora, and more.