Afro Yaqui Music Collective: Maroon Futures is reviewed by Jazzweekly

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Afro Yaqui


Afro Yaqui Music Collective: Maroon Futures








Mixing moods, messages and musical styles, the Afro Yaqui Music Collective is a 13 member band with vocalists Gizelxanath Rodriguez and Charlotte Hill O’Neal. The music is a smorgasbord, with a mix of staccato horns and rap hip hop on the disco-ish “Ya Habibi” to a mixing of Spike Jones and free bop with some baritone sax wailing by Benjamin Barson on “We Refuse to be Abuesed and Abused”. Kinetic pulses, and earthy nasal vocals make up the traffic fam of “ La Cigarra” and pretty Middle Eastern strings, rap and R&B dig deep for “Sister Soul”. A dash of vintage remixed Alice Coltrane teams with echoey moods and harp with chanting voice on the surreal “Insurrealista”. Lots of flavors, with some especially hot enough to make you break out into a sweat!

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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