<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z_jxzqeyxPg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>Introducing Congo Sanchez, the backbeat of the Washington DC party scene. As one of the city’s most adept instrumentalists, he is the favored sideman and producer for dance bands and world music ensembles alike. His contributions to The Empresarios Bestia EP, Funk Ark’s From the Rooftops and Thievery Corporation’s Culture of Fear stand out with distinct character. He finally steps out on his own with his solo debut, Congo Sanchez, Vol. 1, out April 17, 2012 on ESL Music. For a taste of what the EP has to offer, check out the track “Democrazy” for free!
Musician and Selecta extraordinaire, Congo can generally be found in one of two places. If he’s not on the road drumming with DC’s own, Thievery Corporation or See-I: he’s jamming out to fresh vibes at the mysterious Lillypad studios. He is developing a unique blend of Afro-Latin Dub, as he evolves in to his own on the DC music scene. This EP-his first solo outing-proves that the sound is here, and Congo Sanchez is the ambassador. His over-all taste, and musical personality are a delight, with a superlative sense of rhythm and a musicianly approach to arrangements and melody.
“I embodied Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms while accompanying for world dance classes, and began composing pieces for Solo Percussion and Chamber Jazz Ensembles….built a DIY home studio and started to produce my own beats with these ideals in mind.”
Congo produces and performs everything on the EP, with two notable exceptions. Karen Joy McCoy plays shimmering violin on “Democrazy,” the opening track, while the horn section from Ikebe Shakedown – Morgan Price, sax; Jason Colby, trumpet; Nadav Nirenberg, trombone – add their blazing ensemble work to “T.E.T.O. (strut)” . Congo lays down subtle keyboard textures and multi-layered percussion tracks throughout, giving the music an otherworldly vibe rooted by his earthy backbeat.
“During college, I took interest world music. I learned of the Yoruba and Fon traditions of West Africa and how they remained vital throughout colonialization in the Western Hemisphere. All the time re-discovering these rhythms and melodies in music that I listened to growing up in suburban America.”
Congo Sanchez knows his roots and leads the listener on a fascinating journey along the vibrations of DC’s outernational sound.
Congo Sanchez, a sound manifested through the musical experiences of producer/multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Franca, takes you on a sonic journey through a unique brand of psychedelic, outernational funk. The Washington, DC based artist has adopted a melting pot of sounds, from Africa, Latin America and Jamaica that are indicative of the diverse cultures and musical traditions of the nations capital.
After spending time in the orbits of DC’s finest bands like Thievery Corporation and See-I , and producing for world music sensations The Funk Ark and Empresarios, Congo is now stepping into the spotlight on his own. In partnership with Thievery Corporation’s boutique record label ESL Music, Congo Sanchez will be infiltrating your playlists with a unique canvas of roots rhythms and global sounds.
Vol. 1 EP
Introducing Congo Sanchez, the backbeat of the Washington DC party scene. As one of the city’s most adept instrumentalists, he is the favored sideman and producer for dance bands and world music...