Atx Eastside World Music Showcase (Happy Equinox)

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Atx Eastside World Music Showcase (Happy Equinox)

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3pm - 8pm Brazil Showcase 8:30pm - 9:30pm Krudas Cubensi (Austin-based conscious hip-hop from Cuba) 9:30pm - 10:30pm Lion Heights (Austin- Conscious Reggae) 10:30pm - 11:30pm Huerta Culture (Austin- cumbia/reggae/ska/hip-hop/blues) 11:30pm - 12:30am Buyepongo (LA- Dance merengue, punta, and cumbia) 12:30am - close Zoumountchi (Austin- African high-energy DANCE) This sxsw, get away from the craziness dwntwn and come to Sahara Lounge early for the Brazilian showcase (suggested donation $5) and then to see some of your favorite Austin bands -- Krudas Cubensi, Lion Heights, Huerta Culture, and Zoumountchi. Plus, enjoy some fine cumbia by Buyepongo FROM LA! (Only $10!) *Krudas Cubensi are Cuban Hip Hop MCs, Independent Musicians, Poets, Theater Performers representing Womyn, Immigrants, Queer and People of Color. Action as a Central Part of World Change. They choose the art as a weapon to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life. Born & raised in Cuba, they began in the ”Artivism” early in their lives. Discography: – 2014: Poderosxs (Powerful) 2014- Outerspaces Power in the margins. outerspacescrew.bandcamp – 2012: Levantate. (Rise up) – 2009: Krudas Compilation. (MIxtape) – 2007: Resistiendo. (Resisting) – 2005: Kandela. (Fire) – 2003: Cubensi Hip Hop. *Lion Heights has been backing up reggae acts locally and throughout the country for the past 5 years. The band has opened for and played with international acts such as The Wailers, Sizzla, Gramps Morgan, Bushman, Steel Pulse, Big Youth, Ken Boothe, Yellowman, and Chaka Khan. Earlier this year, the band backed Jamaican singer Dawn Penn under the name The Mixx. In 2008, Lion Heights' Dane Foltin founded The Roots Rockers Club which Lion Heights' members Carlson and Campbell later joined. This group reached over 68,000 international viewers after being featured on the Bob Marley Facebook page. They also recorded an album which was released under their own DIY label- Dangerous Sound- entitled "Rise Up". Alongside their work with the RRC, members of Lion Heights have also backed up artists such as Rasta Kelly and Yabba Griffiths. With Yabba, the group put out a live album. Lion Heights migrated from Chicago to Austin in 2014. Enjoy! *Huerta Culture plays dance music for parties. The band mixes cumbia, ska, reggae, hip-hop, blues, rock, and balkan influences to create a sound that has been dubbed 'psichocumbia'. Huerta Culture grew up in South Austin where for years a core group of friends got together to jam and to party, sometimes hosting after parties for other local and traveling musicians after their gigs. In 2010, the band made it out of the living room jam setting to back Kiko Villamizar doing mostly Kiko's original Latin compositions. A year later, Huerta Culture developed a new and original repertoire less predominantly Latin though still favoring a lot of cumbia and featuring the guacharaca and the Andean pan pipes. With 5 singers in the band sometimes all switching verses throughout a song and singing in English, Spanish, and Quechua (an indigenous language of Bolivia), Huerta Culture keeps arrangements dynamic and eclectic. The phat bass and rhythmic keys are accompanied by a wizard trumpet. In 2014 Huerta Culture released the full length album HOMEGROWN. Check it out at *Buyepongo is a classic story of friends coming together out of their passion for creating, learning, and playing music. From back yard barbecues to late night garage jam sessions, these friends found themselves improvising hours on end utilizing all their musical influences, so in-tuned with one another the idea of forming a band was a natural progression. Growing up as young Latinos in Southern California, Buyepongo were not only exposed to the music of their culture, they were also exposed to music of the time. From sample driven underground hip-hop to classic reggae to jazz and funk, Buyepongo have explored many worlds of rhythm and sound. With deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from the Latino musical culture. Taking their cues from traditional "roots" music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, Buyepongo create a very vibrant polyrhythmic sound by seamlessly fusing merengue, punta, and cumbia. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca (pronounced: wah cha rah ca) giving them an upbeat tropical flare. Buyepongo is an infectious sonic explosion of blaring horns and syncopated accordion licks. Tight booming bass lines transcend you from the inner city to a sunny island surrounded by a blue ocean. Your soul then succumbs to the slaps of the conga as you become hypnotized by the melodious harmonies being sung. You are now in a tropical haven. Get Ready To Dance! *Discography: Staying true to their mission of making the world dance, Buyepongo released a self-produced limited edition 4 song EP. The cover art features a lino cut design that makes for a treasured collectable. The group's first official single, "Pa' Belize" saw distribution in Europe, United States, and Japan in October 2011. Buyepongo is now in the early stages of pre-production for their full-length debut album. The debut is slated for a summer release. See more at: Zoumountchi performs West African music. This show will feature Aboubacar Sylla from Guinea on balafon and percussion, Alseny Sylla on percussion, and Ayesha Sylla on vocals. Eileen Bristol on electric bass, Thomas Wheeler on drums, Jake Miles and Guy Messenger on electric guitars and Doug Laustsen on trombone. Very danceable!
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