Genres:Disco, Funk, Reggae/Dub, Electronic - Pop, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Jazz - Fusion, Pop - Electronic, Pop - Adult Contemporary, World - Other, World - African , Blues - Electric, Latin - Salsa, Latin - Pop, RnB - Classic/Soul
Dawn Drake & ZapOte
PMX Records (positive musical xperience)
About "Dawn Drake & ZapOte":
Female-fronted New York dance band playing original American music simmering in a palate of serious Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms and South Asian melodies.
Taking its name from a spin on the luscious fruit in Cuba known as "ZapOte", this band is an original Funk Latin Afro-Beat band lead by Dawn Drake,the Slovenian-American female bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer, who manages to wear several hats while setting the scene with her own brand of cool. Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz are right at home. Her poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion,funky bass, swinging horn lines and improvisation.
"[They] were the hit of the season!"
Beth Flusser, Talent buyer, Third Street Music Settlement Summer Concert Series in Abe Lebewohl Park, NYC
"This saucy debut by soul sistah Dawn Drake is an incredible gift to the world of world music! She skillfully weaves together her bold poetic lyrics, melodic vocals, and a fusion of danceable rhythms performed by herself and a very talented band of musicianados. You'll love the horns, the deep bass, the compelling percussion..."
Luis Da Silva, Jules Bistro, NYC
"Dawn Drake and her band are at the beginnings
of a fascinating journey to enthusiastically bridge
chasms of cultural and gender disconnect that plagues
so much of pop music's body politic.
To hear them is to imagine early period jam sessions
between Laura Nyro and Carole King with Sly Stone
and Sergio Mendes sitting in.Theirs is a playfully intense dynamic that needs to be seen more"-Darrell McNeill, Director, Black Rock Coalition, Curator Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe
About Dawn Drake & ZapOte:
This band has gone far and wide for the short period of time that it has been together. Formed in 2005 to record the original songs of Dawn Drake, the band shortly thereafter started to play venues in and around New York City, including the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live series, Medgar Evers College Womens Week, venues on NYC's legendary Bleecker Street, DROM, Nublu, Esperanto, Oliva, Jules Bistro, Boom and L'Orange Bleue.
An active musician in New York City's African, Brazilian and Latin music scene, Dawn Drake started her career as an electric bassplayer and percussionist. Now she is known first and foremost as a singer-songwriter, composer and bandleader.
As a Slovenian-American, Dawn's love of a variety of music first came from home. Later, she began traveling and studying world music at the University of Ghana, West Africa where she lived for a year. Upon moving to New York City, she started to play bass and percussion with groups which have included Obini Ashe; Beat the Donkey, Samba New York, The Femm Nameless, Jojo Kuo, Manmzel, Paprika, Azouhouni Adu, Nepo Soteri and others.
Dawn studied and played congas and batá in Cuba, and samba percussion in Brazil, where she played in Rio de Janiero's Carnaval. She has shared the stage with Me'shell N'degeocello, Cyro Baptista, Trey Anastasio, Mo'Guajiro, Los Jovenes del Barrio, Kokolo, Jorge Alabê and members of Antibalas. She has appeared on The CBS Early Show, and Telemundo TV, PBS, WBAI, and played stages such as Symphony Space, SOB's, The Zinc Bar, Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room, Radio City Music Hall, BAM CAFE, The Walker Art Center, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
"Dawn Drake & ZapOte" have performed live on WBAI, KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, Ca, KUSP in Santa Cruz, and WTJU in Charlottesville. They have toured Europe and the East and West Coast of the US, and they were featured performers at BAMCafe Live in 2007, the multi-city Bluemont Concert Series in Virginia, 2008, the Wisteria Cornstalk Festival and Culturefest WV in 2009, the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival in 2009 and 2010, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live Music series 2010, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Chili Pepper Festival in 2010; the Iowa Women's Music Festival 2011, and the Third Street Music Series and Cortland Main Street Music Series 2012. Their 2 full-length albums and two EPs are available at CD Baby, www.cdbaby.com/artist/dawndrake and www.itunes.com/dawndrake. They are now a bi-coastal outfit performing in LA and NYC on a regular basis