Monday, February 25, 2013

The Battle of Santiago Takes Afrobeat in a New Direction

The Battle of Santiago is an instrumental ensemble out of Toronto, Canada that combines elements of a variety of afrocentric influences to create a uniquely original sound that is at the same time progressive and traditional.  Group founder, Michael Owen, describes the different backgrounds and viewpoints represented in the group as a "push and pull."  Listening to their new album, Followed By Thousands, out March 5th on Made With Pencil Crayons Records, I couldn't agree with that characterization any more.  Preview and download a track from the new album, cop the full album when it drops, and to all those in and around Toronto, go see these guys live when you have the chance.  The dynamic energy on their recorded stuff has got to translate to their live show.

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