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Cheick Hamala Diabate



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Band/Artist Name: Cheick Hamala Diabate

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Band Members: Cheick Hamala Diabate

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Artit is based in Silver Spring and is part of the DC music community

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Cheick Hamala is a Griot from Mali, West Africa. His uncle is Djelimady Tounkara (from the Rail Band) and his cousin is Toumani Diabate

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Official Website URL: www.cheickhamala.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/cheickhamala/?fref=ts

Main Genre: World

Elikeh



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Band/Artist Name: Elikeh

Recommended if you like: I don't think we sound like any big name popular band. We're a unique blend of West African traditional, funk, rock, jazz and blues. If you want a band we emulate - Osibisa.

Band Members: Massama - guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : DC - Petworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: No matter where we play in DC - neighborhood, venue, etc.. - with mixed demographics we always get people dancing and having a good time. We believe DC is the perfect spot for the blend of styles and members we have in our group.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.

The group’s leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted as musical director of the University Orchestra in Togo.

Official Website URL: http://www.elikeh.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/ElikehAfropop

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Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2HULOj9TBMNEAji0thvZez

Main Genre: World

Other Genres: West African traditional, funk, rock, jazz, blues

The Harry Bells

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Band/Artist Name: The Harry Bells

Recommended if you like: Pandora lumps us in with Slavic Soul Party and Rebirth Brass Band. The similarities lie primarily in the fact that we are all horns and percussion only.

Band Members: Matt Rippetoe - baritone saxophone, Joe Herrera - trumpet, Jonathan Parker - alto saxophone, Chris Watling - tenor saxophone, Ben Ford - trombone, Josh Kay, Lee Durham, Nathan Graham - percussion

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Currecnt large ensemble formed while I was living in NW DC, now in Silver Spring, MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Founder, baritone saxophonist, and arranger Matt Rippetoe performs and records with lots of local artists, including The Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation, Dog Fashion Disco, See-I, Black Masala, and King Soul.

The band started out as a trio, with Joe Herrera on trumpet and Josh Kay on congas. Rippetoe was inspired to start the project after a series of "Belafonte bathtimes", when he would play Belafonte's hits during his infant son's evening ritual.

We have a series of recordings, including a 3-song EP featuring local vocalists and a full-length holiday CD "Holidays with the Harry Bells". We record live, all in one room with no headphones or overdubs.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Performing at Boundary Stone DC tonight at 9pm!!

Official Website URL: http://theharrybells.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/HarryBellsDC

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-harry-bells/id1045057461

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/21PAD8QhrdnzEZzMagb7SN

Main Genre: World

Other Genres: calypso, latin, mento, mambo, jazz, island

Quiet Life Motel

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: David Schulman & Quiet LIfe Motel <SHULL-muhn>

Recommended if you like: Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Regina Carter, Mark Ronson

Story behind your band/artist name: An imaginary place of ease and peace, offering 10 percent AAA discount.

Band Members: David Schulman, violin; Tillery, muted trumpet & vocals; Eddie Eatmon, bass. Batterie rotates, includes Felix Contreras, Michael Caskey, Hector "Coco" Barez, Tim Rodriguez.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : NW & NE DC, and TKPK

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Tillery was in Chuck Brown's band the night that Go-Go was born — ask him the story!

David once had the chance to play a violin valued at $750,000 (and didn't drop it). But for most gigs he plays an instrument he bought on the street for $40.

Eddie toured with Hailu Mergia, the former Taxi Driver star of Ethioppean muisc — and the crowd loved his disco licks

David wrote the theme music for NPR's "The Big Listen."

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: The music is hard to describe, and crosses multiple borders. Listen, rather than read. BUt here's the best we do with words:


By turns nocturnal, reflective, funky, and cinematic, the music of electric violinist and composer David Schulman is a weave of jazz harmonies, shimmering orchestral textures, and frolicsome grooves. His sound has been called “mysterious and beautiful” by the Washington Post.

Official Website URL: http://www.quietlifemotel.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/quietlifemotel/?hc_ref=ARTg0NeaqqVy1PBedrVrYGvPMka7jUdhzYojpHrSL4jQkpf69ntcQhWEdPb8vgSO2Wk&pnref=story

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/quiet-life-motel/1164313231

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oRzI9oPKkt2Cg7bPlt3V9#_=_

Other Links: https://quietlifemotel.bandcamp.com/track/you-and-me-and-howard-cosell

Main Genre: World

Other Genres: jazz, violin, classical, gogo, go-go

Thunderball

Thunderball DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name: Thunderball

Recommended if you like: Thievery Corporation, Roni Size, Tricky, Massive Attack

Story behind your band/artist name: The bandmembers were always huge fans of the James Bond series of books and films, and the name is taken from that.

Band Members: Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Sid Barcelona

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : NW DC

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: - Thunderball was the first act signed to Thievery Corporation's label ESL Music
- Tracks licensed to movies (The Mechanic 2011), TV Shows (NCIS Los Angeles), Video Games & ad campaigns
- Played at Coachella in 2012 and have toured worldwide, etc.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: After signing with ESL Music in the late 1990's, Thunderball would go on to release four full length albums of original music and dozens of remixes with Thievery Corporation's indie label. In 2016 Thunderball left ESL Music to come to Fort Knox Recordings, where the entire catalog was re-released. Before there was Fort Knox Five, there was Thunderball. When the Thunderball band linked up with Jon Horvath and formed a new creative and business partnership, Fort Knox Five was born in 2003.

Official Website URL: http://thunderballdc.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/ThunderballMusic/

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/scorpio-rising/id1175269644?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Waf1PKlUUyk1oce4336wx

Other Links: http://www.twitter.com/thunderballdc
https://soundcloud.com/thunderballdc

Main Genre: World

Other Genres: Downtempo, Lounge, Trip-Hop, Drum&Bass

Thievery Corporation

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Band/Artist Name: Thievery Corporation

iTunes Bio: Thievery Corporation make abstract, instrumental, midtempo dance music whose classification falls somewhere between trip-hop and acid jazz. Featuring the production skills of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, Thievery Corporation released several warmly received singles on their own Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label (named after their own Washington, D.C. bar and nightclub) in 1996. Although previously known primarily among acid jazz and rare-groove DJs, the group shot to minor celebrity when a track from one of their early 12"s appeared on respected DJ/producers Kruder & Dorfmeister's mix session for Studio K7's DJ Kicks series. Similar in many respects (and more than just number) to that Viennese production duo, Thievery Corporation subsequently grew in popularity among a wider audience of DJs and headphonaunts. The duo's debut LP, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, appeared in 1997, along with a compilation of Washington, D.C.-based electronica artists entitled Dubbed Out in DC (both albums were released by ESL). After signing with the British label 4AD, Thievery Corporation began to work on their second LP but were forced to postpone its release date after tapes were stolen in a mugging. The stopgap remix compilation Abductions & Reconstructions was released in 1999, and their second proper album, The Mirror Conspiracy, followed one year later. The duo's growing fame made them a natural choice to select tracks for the 2001 Verve compilation Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi. They returned to their own work in 2002 with The Richest Man in Babylon, and the mix album Outernational Sound and remix EP Babylon Rewound both appeared in 2004. That same year, the track "Lebanese Blonde" was featured in the highly successful Garden State soundtrack, which later won a Grammy Award. Released in 2005, The Cosmic Game featured guest vocalists Perry Farrell, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and David Byrne, and the remix compilation Versions followed in 2006. As election season approached, Thievery Corporation released the politically minded studio effort Radio Retaliation in September 2008. Featuring a guest appearance from Mr. Lif, Culture of Fear arrived in 2011 and mixed social commentary with dub tracks. Their 2014 release, Saudade, turned their music in a different direction, being a bossa nova-based effort with guest vocalists like LouLou Ghelichkhani, Karina Zeviani, and Elin Melgarejo. For their eighth studio album, 2017's Temple of I & I, the duo temporarily relocated to Jamaica, where they could fully channel their dub/reggea influences into the recording process. ~ Sean Cooper

Official Website URL: thieverycorporation.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/thieverycorporation/

iTunes Linkhttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/thievery-corporation/id2726532

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25KNo5GDS6ZpLkjasaecA3

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Main Genre: World