Tahuna Breaks are an uplifting reggae / funk / soul band based in Auckland. They formed following inspiring jams that stretched from a garage in Onehunga to the remoteness of Piha on Auckland’s west coast. With influences varying from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, James Brown, UB40 and New Zealand’s very own dub and reggae movement, Tahuna Breaks are a fine tune roots blend of funk and reggae with that distinctive New Zealand summery sound.
Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a noted African-American funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Brown's distinct sound. He was born in Kinston, North Carolina in a musically-rich environment. His mother and father sang in a church and both his brothers are accomplished musicians (drums and trombones). He and his brother, Melvin Parker, joined James Brown in 1964; in his book Brown says that he originally wanted Melvin as his drummer but agreed to take Maceo under his wing as part of the deal.
At just 21, it’s somewhat surprising that Dan Parsons has already been on the scene for a couple of years. Having made his foray into the musical world with his heritage-flavoured debut release Old Brown Shoe in 2007, Parsons continued on this path for a short time. Then after gradually being absorbed by a new musical world of peers and influences he found a new desire to make a different type of music.
Off-kilter comedy quartet whose live shows have become the stuff of legend. If naked breakdancing, latino soul and a surefire medley of hip hop and funk classics are your thing, then look no further. Their debut single A Million Stories was released by Rob Da Bank's Sunday Best imprint in 2006, with a popular remix by Diesler. From the Sunday Best website: The Cuban Brothers are unique. Born of the loins of seventies Havana, nurtured on a diet of soulful...
Chrome Hoof are an experimental orchestra based in London, England. The group was formed in 2000 by Cathedral bassist Leo Smee and his brother Milo Smee. Initially performing as a duo, their music was mostly electronic. Since the start, however, the group have continuously recruited new members playing various instruments. As of 2007, the group have about ten members and instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, bassoon, violin, guitars, bass and drums.
WAMi Award Winning six to ten piece brass’n’beats sensation The Brow Horn Orchestra are an infectious skatronic hip hop n pop outfit who can’t help but make you dance with their mix of quirky melodies, crafty conversations and bounce worthy beats. With an impressive high energy live show that incorporates a carnival vibe and strong global mix of styles across (but not exclusive to) African grooves, flamenco licks, jazzy horns and dubstep basslines; this is a band who have the ability to win over hearts and minds of young and old alike with an accessible spin on their music.
The Bakery are an 11 piece band from Sydney, Australia. With a sound that is a mixture of funk, reggae and ska these guys have some balls. They have two charismatic female singers whose vocals are comparable to the great Gwen Stefani but with a little more soul, and a five-piece horn section. Naughty lyrics and a playful nature this band has a loyal following, and their debut album launch sold out The Basement in Sydney. Emily Collins: Vocals
Rosie Henshaw: Vocals
James Maybury: Trumpet
Dave Dziedzic: Trumpet
Sister Sledge is an American musical group formed in 1972 and consisting of four sisters: Kim Sledge (born August 21, 1958), Debbie Sledge (born July 9, 1954), Joni Sledge (born September 13, 1957) and Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1961). Their biggest successes Stateside came in 1979 with the popular disco anthems We Are Family (#1 R&B, #2 Pop in the USA) and He's the Greatest Dancer (#1 R&B, #9 Pop in the USA), produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic.
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (born January 2, 1986) is a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Rare indeed is the artist with the virtuosity to draw the unqualified respect of some of the most iconic legends in jazz and the ability to deliver a high-energy funk rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is one such artist - and there is no one else like him.
There is a reason why night clubs play the music they do: it's the right tempo for dancing, it's got hook lines you can sing along to, and a beat steady enough hypnotise. Art vs. Science not only makes the sort of music played in nightclubs; it is one of the few outfits in Australia which can actually play in night clubs - live. No laptops, no backing tracks, just drums, keyboards, synths and three sets of funky hands.