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by Esso Afrojam Funkbeat

Tropical funk and Cumbiaton from the Windy City; polyrhythmic grooves, twang guitars, thumping bass, brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry for the dance party.
Genre: Latin: Tropicalia
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baila
4:10 album only
2. La Calle
3:31 album only
3. Mariposa Negra
3:55 album only
4. Noche Tras Dia
3:59 album only
5. Cumbia del Encanto
6:05 album only
6. Homenaje
2:45 album only
7. Somos Hermanos
4:00 album only
8. Mi Gente
6:27 album only
9. Meet Me Out
4:22 album only
10. Cumbia Triste
3:18 album only
11. Stone Eagle
3:51 album only
12. Sangre
4:12 album only
13. Pirámides
6:53 album only
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Album Notes
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat is: Armando Pérez, Kevin Miller, Dan Lieber, C. Ezra Lange, Diana Mosquera, Logan Lu, Lessic Franco (Puerko Pitzotl), Jess Anzaldúa, Matthew Davis

This album also features: Jasmine Malika Luevano, AfroQbano, Natalie Lande, Doug Abrams, Boleszek Osinski, Julian Harris, Rebel Diaz, DJ illanoiz, AQ, Rojo Córdova, Jesus Camacho, Hugo Koatl, Patrick Donley, Klára Moldová, Ruben Jimenez, Juan Lugo, Pris Anzaldúa, Mark Ettinger, Aaron Feder, Maritza and Belinda Cervantes of The Luna Blues Machine.

All songs arranged + performed by ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat
Armando Pérez recorded + mixed = produced at Belmont Electric Studios, Chicago IL
Rollin Weary mastered at IV Labs, Chicago IL
Mark Ettinger, piano recorded at the Lethe Lounge, NYC
AfroQbano beats, Patrick’s piano, and Jess’ batá drums recorded at Ekibo's, Chicago IL
Aaron Feder, guitar recorded at Alma Studios, Barcelona, Spain

Music and lyrics by Armando Pérez except for: music and lyrics on “Mariposa Negra, Cumbia Triste, Sangre" by Diana Mosquera. “Mi Gente” music and verse by Kevin Miller. “Homenaje” lyrics are traditional Yoruban Chants. Programmed beats on “Meet Me Out, Piramides, Stone Eagle” by AfroQbano. Rhymes and spoken word poems written by all emcees respectively
Poetas mexicanos invitados por Syncretik Productions
Sonic Octopus Recordings Copyright 2017 Fantasy Bunker Publications ASCAP
Art and layout by SloMo & Rebecca Pérez

A few reviews:
"...Esso Afrojam Funkbeat works because the group speaks to something burgeoning in contemporary society. They understand the ways in which we consume music: voraciously, eagerly and indiscriminately. More important, they understand why we do so... Esso is more than just the music. Rooted in the lyrical and instrumental content of the ensemble's music is a unifying goal of camaraderie and openness."
-Chicago Tribune

"Groove-tastic local band ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat mix up a swirl of global sounds—their massive musical range covers funky Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat, Hendrix-­flavored psych rock, Latin boogaloo, and more. ...You'll want to put on your dancing shoes every time you hear 'em! The group released a thumping new self-titled LP recorded during the past year or so at Belmont Electric Studios, and it's a nonstop blast of dance-floor power."
-Chicago Reader

"Best New Band" & "Best World/International Music Act" 2016 - Chiago Readers Poll Award Winners

"The “Fela inspired Fania blends” ring true across 12 solid tracks that sway from tropical beachside anthems and reggae hip hop to funky cumbia tributes and spoken word cumbia rebajada. From beginning to end, there’s a refreshing surprise throughout.¡ESSO! is an urban sound amalgam of Latino roots. It’s Chicago magic all around."
-Radio One

"...This album will become a go-to dance record in your collection. While your brain might not jump to it immediately, I defy anyone’s claim that these tracks wouldn’t be a hit at your next house party..."

"Latin locals ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat merged onstage with Los Visios de Papa and blew the festival into orbit. With more than 10 musicians jamming onstage (all of them playing with an intensity, joy, and passion which could only be described as rapturous), the set went bonkers when rapper Logan Luis jumped off stage and ran through the audience with a rainbow flag in a show of support for the LGBTQ community. Without making a political comment, the band telegraphed the importance of solidarity and community that was spontaneous, popular and refreshing. -Windy City Media Group (July/2017)



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