Jungle By Night

Live Act Jazz Afrobeat Funk Ethnojazz
Jungle By Night - Jazz Afrobeat Funk Ethnojazz Live Act in Amsterdam

Jungle By Night Short Info

When Tony Allen, the drumming power behind the sound of the late and very great Fela Kuti, pronounces a band to be “the evolution of Afrobeat”, it’s got something special. That’s exactly how he described Jungle By Night.

The nine-piece powerhouse evolves the American and Nigerian roots of the music, folding in the beats and fierce attitudes of funk, hip-hop and EDM, guided by the wild soul of jazz and the raw energy of rock. They’ve teamed up with Afro-inspired DJs and club music instigators like LA’s Gaslamp Killer, Philly’s Rich Medina, and with originators such as Ghana highlife star Ebo Taylor, founder of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke and many more.

The nine souls in Jungle By Night were acquainted through school, street and family bonds.

A couple of years ago, the group seemed to be infected with a love for raw Africa oriented funk and retreated into the rehearsal studio. The band was invited to perform as the opening act at concerts of Mayer Hawthorne and The Roots & John Legend and soon they where invited to play Paris shows with godfathers Mulatu Astatke and Orchestre Poly-Ritmo de Cotonou. Since 2010 the band hosts the Dutch Felabrations with shows of a.o Seun Kuti, Mulatu Astatke a.o in the legendary venue Paradiso.

On their latest album “The Hunt”, a synth grabs the ear before a relentless groove takes hold and a trumpet solo that nods toward Bitches Brew roars to life. The production on “Cherokee” owes a debt to Jamaican dub, and “Desdemona” opens with a complex, jagged guitar riff that would sound perfectly at home on a Turkish Funk album, while their brandnew single “El Miraglo” brings you back to the Colombian psychedelic Cumbia sounds of the seventies.

This is the new funk, made up of countless flavors, determined in part by the scene the band came up in. Worldly influences aside, Afrodiasporic funk is still very much the core of the band’s sound. But whether the inspiration begins in Nigeria or Colombia, Jungle By Night want one thing when they play live. To get everyone in the same mood. To have them all with that wild vibe.

Jungle By Night will drop a new album by end of May 2016.

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English Version:

Jungle By Night wird derzeit als die Afrofunk-Sensation des europäischen Kontinents gefeiert. Die verschiedenen musikalischen Hintergründe und die Begierde einen charakteristischen und einzigartigen Style zu entwickeln, führten zu dem Erfolg, den sich die Band mittlerweile erarbeitet hat. Von Anfang an war das Projekt von orginalem westafrikanischen Funk infiziert. Die Songs überwinden jedoch Genregrenzen und so finden sich auf dem mittlerweile dritten Album, Stücke mit Einflüssen aus Dub, Hip Hop und äthiopischen Jazz.

Das die Band ihr Publikumm zu begeistern weiß, hat sich inzwischen rumgesprochen und so wurden die neun jungen Musiker vom Altmeister Tony Allen selbst und dem Veranstalter der „FELABRATION“ Seun Kuti auf ihr Festival eingeladen.

Als Vorband von Mulatu Astatke oder dem legendären Orchestre Poly-Ritmo de Cotonou wurden Jungle By Night dort von den Gästen ebenso gefeiert wie die Superstars der Szene selbst.

Ende Mai 2016 werden Jungle By Night ihr neustes Album veröffentlichen.

When Tony Allen, the drumming power behind the sound of the late and very great Fela Kuti, pronounces a band to be “the evolution of Afrobeat”, it’s got something special. That’s exactly how he described Jungle By Night.

The nine-piece powerhouse evolves the American and Nigerian roots of the music, folding in the beats and fierce attitudes of funk, hip-hop and EDM, guided by the wild soul of jazz and the raw energy of rock. They’ve teamed up with Afro-inspired DJs and club music instigators like LA’s Gaslamp Killer, Philly’s Rich Medina, and with originators such as Ghana highlife star Ebo Taylor, founder of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke and ...

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Discography Jungle By Night

  • 2016 New Album to be released end of May 2016 Album | TBA
  • 2015 El Miraglo Single | Not on Label
  • 2014 The Hunt Album | Kindred Spirits
  • 2013 Jungle By Night And Gaslamp Killer, The ‎– Brass Sabbath EP | Kindred Spirits
  • 2012 Hidden Album | Kindred Spirits
  • 2011 Jungle By Night Album | Kindred Spirits
  • 2010 E.T. / Get Busy Single | Kindred Spirits

Media

  • Sound Ethiopino
  • Sound Desdemona
  • Sound Cyclin'
  • Video Jungle by Night Attila , Li...
  • Video Jungle by Night - Ethiopino...
  • Video Jungle By Night - El Miragl...
  • Video Jungle By Night Sessie (liv...
  • Sound El Miraglo
  • Video Jungle by Night Boiler Room...

Origin

  • Amsterdam NL

Members

  • Bo Floor Trumpet
  • Pieter van Exter Tenor Sax
  • Ko Zandvliet Trombone
  • Jac van Exter Guitar
  • Pyke Pasman Keys
  • Peter Peskens Bass
  • Gino Groeneveld Conga's/Percussion
  • Tienson Smeets Djembe/Percussion
  • Sonny Groeneveld Drums