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Zongo Junction's Brooklyn Afrobeat Shines On 'No Discount' LP

BK afrobeat group Zongo Junction's are readying their second album 'No Discount,' stream weekly exclusives from the release.


Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Zongo Junction is readying the release of their second album No Discount, set to hit the stands July 15th via Electric Cowbell Records. The record showcases the 9-man group's psychedelic sound, which they craftily describe as "if the Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra’s music." Produced by Brooklyn's Mikey Freedom Hart and recorded on 24-track two-inch tape, No Discount captures Zongo Junction's indefatigable live sound, highlighting its powerful horns and explosive 5-piece rhythm section's alluring grooves. The band, who formed in 2009 after drummer Charles Ferguson returned from a 6-month stay in Ghana, will be touring the U.S in preparation for the LP’s fast approaching release. In anticipation of the group's album release, we'll be streaming weekly exclusives from No Discount on this page. Hear "Longtooth," the previously featured "The Van That Got Away," and additional album tracks to be released weekly, below.

Update 7/3: Stream the final featured track "Tunnel Bar" below. NYC: Make sure to catch Zongo Junction's FREE album release show this Saturday at Brooklyn Night Bazaar!

Update 6/26: Stream "The National Zoo"

Update 6/19: Hear "21 Suspects in Madina"

Update 6/12: Hear album title track "No Discount" below!

Zongo Junction Tour Dates

5/23 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge

7/5 – Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Album Release Show)

7/17 – Sebastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern *

7/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *

7/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater *

7/20 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah *

7/22 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl (Supporting Jimmy Cliff)

7/23 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar

7/24 – Ridgway, CO – Ridgway Town Park

7/25 – Telluride, CO – Fly Me To The Moon Saloon

7/26 – Devner, CO – TBD

7/27 – Park City, UT – Mountain Town Music Series

7/31 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe's Alley

7/1 – Grass Valley, CA – Center For The Arts

7/2 – Cisco Grove, CA – Guitar Fish Festival

* w/ Afrolicious

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