Underground System Afrobeat
There has been a surge of up and coming bands all over NYC and elsewhere that have been capturing the sound of the Fela Kuti pioneered afrobeat aestethic. Underground System Afrobeat has been making a name for itself as one of the only on the scene that is not just taking off that hallowed sonic ground, but capturing the fire and intent behind the origins of the style (both in politics and dance) with an uninhibited and fresh interpretation that would be hard to find elsewhere. Uncompromising in their approach: original music and vocals, informed lyrical content, powerful rhythm and horn sections, a gravitative female stage presence, and an undeniable fire within the group tying it all together. Not easily missed when USA takes the stage.
Brown Rice Family
Brown Rice Family is today's freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity
and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural ﬂow of things, BRF
provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses
reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, brazilian, Latin, and funk.
Brown Rice Family is currently holding title of WNYC the Battle of the Borough: Brooklyn
Champion 2012 and the Ultimate Battle NYC Champion 2012.
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality
Originally hailing from Queens, New York, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality bring a uniquely melodic and bass heavy sound to Brooklyn. Influenced by everything from '80s and '90s hip-hop, reggae, calypso and dancehall to American country and various styles of West African music, the music they make is formulated to feel good—great tunes played with spontaneity and strength, never losing focus on that right kind of rhythm.
To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients.
Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare-a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel.