Opposite People play a blend of Afrobeat, Funk and Bollywood and gravitate toward performing community events in and around Boston. The band was formed to play Friday Night Traffic Jam in Hyde Park in 2008, an outdoor evening music series. Initially the group played Fela, Antibalas, Budos and Daktaris jams and then expanded its repertoire to include funky songs from 1960s reggae, Bollywood, 1970's Ethiopia and even a few originals. The band includes horn and percussion section along with drums, bass and guitar. It's laid back, funky and improvisational.
Jay Paget - Drums, Andrea Condit - Percussion, Betsy Cowan - Percussion, Josh Rosenstock - Bass, Paul Castellano - Guitar, Jeffrey Todd - Guitar, Mike Razo - Keyboard, Ben Janos-Janos - Sax, Keith Waters - Sax, Eric Rosenbaum - Trombone, Mike Goodblatt - Flugelbone/Trumpet, Danny Rhodes - Trumpet, Jessica Thompson - Vocals.
Afropop Night is a series of concerts featuring local, national and international African-inspired music organized by ethnomusicologist/musician Christiana Usenza. The series brings people together to unite and ignite the community through great music and dancing.
"Afropop" = African popular music, like African traditional music, is vast and varied. Most contemporary genres of African popular music build on cross-pollination with western popular music. Many genres of popular music like blues, jazz, salsa, zouk, and rumba derive to varying degrees on musical traditions from Africa, taken to the Americas by African slaves. These rhythms and sounds have subsequently been adapted by newer genres like rock, and rhythm and blues. Likewise, African popular music has adopted elements, particularly the musical instruments and recording studio techniques of western music.
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Great music, great food, great drinks... AND IT'S FREE !