Zongo Junction

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Zongo Junction
Origin United States
Genres Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk
Years active 2009–present
Labels Primary Records
Website zongojunction.net
Members Charlie Ferguson, Morgan Greenstreet, Jordan Hyde, David Lizmi, Ross Edwards, Adam Schatz, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Kevin Moehringer, Aaron Rockers
Past members Noah Garabedian, Raffi Garabedian, Joe Hartnett, Danny Lubin-Laden, Pavel Kogan-Liakhov, Aaron Shafer-Haiss, Adam Coopersmith

Zongo Junction is a nine-piece instrumental Afrobeat band based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] The band was formed by Charles Ferguson after he spent six months in Ghana, West Africa,[2] the members of Zongo Junction stretch the Afrobeat style to fit their musical interests,[3] combining elements of Sun Ra, The Talking Heads, and Fela Kuti to create their own version of afrobeat.[4] Zongo Junction released their five-song debut EP Thieves! in 2010.[5]

The band[edit]

  • Charlie Ferguson - Drums
  • Morgan Greenstreet - Percussion
  • Jordan Hyde - Guitar
  • David Lizmi - Bass
  • Ross Edwards - Keyboards
  • Adam Schatz - Tenor saxophone
  • Matt Nelson - Tenor saxophone
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson - Baritone saxophone
  • Kevin Moehringer - Trombone
  • Aaron Rockers - Trumpet[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Big Sir - Single (2015)
  • No Discount (Electric Cowbell Records, 2014)
  • The Van That Got Away - Single (Primary Records, 2012)
  • Thieves! (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Gilbert (December 14, 2012). "Zongo Junction brings its driving Afro rhythms to the Bay Area". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Zongo Bridges the Continental Divide In Allston". Allston Pudding. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Zongo Junction". Go Folk Yourself. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  4. ^ Chun, Kimberly (December 27, 2012). "Bay Area weekend music picks, Dec. 27". SF Gate. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  5. ^ Ellen Cushing (January 26, 2011). "Zongo Junction". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2013-03-30.