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Premiere: Zongo Junction 'The Van That Got Away'

Stream Brooklyn afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction The Van That Got Away.


Brooklyn's Zongo Junction are an 11-man afrobeat ensemble boasting five horns and a six-piece rhythm section. The group, formed by drummer Charles Ferguson after a trip to Ghana, plays an indefatigable and full-fledged take on the classic West African sounds of Fela, Tony Allen, Sunny Ade and more. Stream Zongo Junction's "The Van That Got Away," the lead single off their upcoming record, below — which is up for free download on their website. And catch them live on their US tour which kicks off this week.

US Tour Dates

Nov 28 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *

Nov 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *

Nov 30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *

Dec 02 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live *

Dec 04 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's *

Dec 05 - Detroit, MI - The Crofoot *

Dec 06 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern *

Dec 07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *

Dec 08 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin

Dec 10 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College

Dec 27 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's

Dec 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint

Dec 29 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar

Dec 30 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Dec 31 - Oakland, CA - Pizzaiolo

Jan 04 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Crown Room

Jan 11 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

* w/ Souljazz Orchestra

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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