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December 05, 2016 — 

"Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope." - Songlines

 

 
Songlines Magazine, an essential guide to the best music from around the world, has announced their picks for the Best Albums of 2016 and we are proud to see that the Cumbancha release Wa Di Yo from Haitian supergroup Lakou Mizik has made this very coveted list.

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We have launched the Cumbancha Spotify Channel, featuring exclusive artist playlists and thoughtfully curated selections of our favorite songs from around the world for a variety of moods and moments.

We just added an exclusive playlist curated by
Lakou Mizik featuring songs that have inspired them. The playlist features lots of Haitian roots music along with many selections that may surprise you!

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https://open.spotify.com/user/cumbancha

October 04, 2016 — 
"Coming six years after Maita’s debut, Fio da Memória proves that the wait wasn’t in vain. Rather than delve deeper into samba and bossa nova classicism and let others update it with remixes, Maita and cohorts modernize the deep history of the music themselves. The result is a striking album full of spare but heavily percussive downtempo tracks that foreground the smokiness, subtlety, and empowerment in her voice."
- Pitchfork

(read the entire review by clicking here)


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September 23, 2016 — 
Luisa Maita
 “On the whole, Fio Da Memória is awash with creative ideas, dense arrangements and a fierce electronic palette. This is the kind of album that soars high above you through the clouds, before swooping down and flying you away into the opaque, samba-drenched night.” – Rhythm Passport

“Like another paulista musician who has achieved some success in North America, Céu, Luísa Maita’s new material ventures deep into electronic territory, with some foreboding textures that to my ears recall as much Portishead’s last album as the warmer MPB shades of [debut album] Lero-Lero." – Sounds and Colours 


"When Maita first appeared on the scene with a more traditional Brazilian sound there were always twists & turns - hints of dub or experimentation, which have progressively come to the fore. She has now produced this album of darker leftfield electro rock no-wave shoegaze pop with the odd nod to classic Brazilian music. Music lovers rejoice, Brazil purists beware!" – Global Soldier 

“If this is what Brazil’s electronic age sounds like I’m all for it.”
World Music Central


"Blending hypnotic, downtempo grooves with ethereal vocals (in both Portuguese and English) and occasional splashes of guitar, Maita creates a shimmering soundscape that is at once of Brazil and the world on her second album."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 
 
 

LUISA MAITA ON TOUR
 
Luisa Maita On Tour
TOUR DATES

SEP 23 – Toronto, ON - Small World Music Festival 
SEP 25 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal/Bar Le Ritz PDB
SEP 26 – Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
SEP 27 – Boston, MA - The Regattabar
SEP 29 –  New York, NY - Subrosa
SEP 30 – New York, NY - Subrosa
OCT 1 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 4 – Chicago, IL - Martyrs'
OCT 7 – Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
OCT 8 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 10 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi's
 
Additional Luisa Maita Links:
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September 01, 2016 — 


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“A crazy quilt of Haitian musical styles, from contemplative acoustic balladry to ecstatic chanting and throbbing compas. It’s fun but also moving.” - CD Hotlist


ORDER THE ALBUM NOW:
Lakou Mizik, Wa Di Yo
 
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August 12, 2016 — 
"Blending hypnotic, downtempo grooves with ethereal vocals, Maita creates a shimmering soundscape that is at once of Brazil and the world on her second album." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Luísa Maita’s new material ventures deep into electronic territory, with some foreboding textures that to my ears recall as much Portishead’s last album as the warmer MPB shades of Lero-Lero." - Sounds and Colours


Luisa Maita


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OUT SEPTEMBER 30TH WORLDWIDE

 

Luisa Maita
Luisa Maita
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ON TOUR
 
SEP 23 – Toronto, ON - Small World Music Festival 
SEP 25 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal/Bar Le Ritz PDB
SEP 26 – Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
SEP 27 – Boston, MA - The Regattabar
SEP 29 – New York, NY - Subrosa
SEP 30 – New York, NY - Subrosa
OCT 1 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 4 – Chicago, IL - Martyrs'
OCT 7 – Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
OCT 8 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 10 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi's
May 13, 2016 — 
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“African, funk and rap influences combine in an energetic performance. They have developed into a tight, attacking unit, in which the virtuoso
kora work is integrated into sturdy playing from the band. Exuberant virtuosic fusion.” - The Guardian (UK)

Joe & Sekou's "Monistic Theory"
 

"The second album from the rapper, beatboxer and songwriter from Syracuse, New York and the Guinean kora virtuoso is built around smartly sculpted arrangements on fully-developed new songs. The key lies not in the glorious collision of two contrasting cultures but how seamlessly they are intertwined in a common musical language.
- Songlines

 

Joe Driscoll has gained fame over the last decade for his unique blend of folk, funk and hip-hop. Sekou Kouyate, from Guinea, is one of the most innovative and virtuosic players of the kora, the 21-stringed West African harp. When these two seemingly disparate artistic forces are combined, an incendiary musical reaction takes place.


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s electrifying second album, Monistic Theory, brings together two musicians from vastly different backgrounds in search of the commonalities that are uniquely revealed by artistic expression.

 


Buy The Album
 
Joe & Sekou's "Monistic Theory"
 
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April 01, 2016 — 
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"The sound of Vodou drummers, Rara horns and an accordionist blend into a soulful and party-oriented rasin experience, an Afro-Soca Carnival vibe of the highest order.” - NPR’s All Songs Considered
Lakou Mizik "Wa Di Yo"

"Its songs...draw on the rhythms and incantations of voodoo, the trumpeting of rara carnival music and hearty call-and-response vocal harmonies on their way to galloping, exultant dance grooves.” 
New York Times

"A joyous antidote to Haiti’s hard times. Four Stars.”
The Guardian
 
“The music kicked in and they damn near levitated the place. Lakou’s unique blend of Haitian roots traditions – insistent voodoo rhythms, rollicking racine melodies, twobadou lyricism and blaring rara horns – was irresistible and for the next 40 minutes, the dance floor was filled with...their subtropical warmth. One night later Lakou did it all again, with a knockout globalFEST performance that ought to put them on the map permanently.”
- Songlines

“Spanning generations Lakou Mizik create Afro Caribbean call and response harmonies that are as celebratory as they are introspective.”
- Pop! Stereo Review

“A crazy quilt of Haitian musical styles, from contemplative acoustic balladry to ecstatic chanting and throbbing compas. It’s fun but also moving.”
- CD Hotlist

"Wa Di Yo is the debut album from a fabulous multi-generational Haitian band called Lakou Mizik. This new act incorporates Haitian roots music to produce a fresh, irresistible sound.”
- World Music Central

“Anyone with a desire to feel cheered up by the power
of music will have a friend here.”
- Jazz Weekly

“One killer of a party disc…this is the kind of set that's sure to set your ears on fire. Why just call it world beat when you can simply call it killer stuff?”
- Midwest Record Review


 
 


Buy The Album
 
Lakou Mizik "Wa Di Yo"
 
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iTunes
Amazon
 

LAKOU MIZIK ON TOUR
 
Lakou Mizik On Tour
TOUR DATES (MORE TBA)
April 23 Washington, DC Dance Place
April 29 Denver, CO Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
April 30 Denver, CO Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
May 1 Denver, CO Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
May 6 New York City BRIC House Ballroom
June 4 Providence, RI PVDFEST 2016

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February 26, 2016 — 
 
Set for release by Cumbancha on May 13, 2016, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s electrifying second album, Monistic Theory, derives its title from the concept that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to or described by a single concept or system. It's an apt philosophy for this boundary-crossing collaboration, one that brings together two musicians from vastly different backgrounds in search of the commonalities that are uniquely revealed by artistic expression. 

"Tokira" is Monistic Theory's sing along anthem, the song that will have lighters held high at future concerts. With "Tokira," Sekou reveals he is not just a kora virtuoso, he's also a talented songwriter with a gift for crafting a great melody. Driscoll's lyrics give the song added poignancy, as he reflects on what his 10-year old self would think about where life has taken him so far.
 
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