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Barika

From Burlington, VT, Barika is deep groove music, inspired by the sounds from the Wassoulou region of Mali. A mesmerizing blend of highly danceable poly rhythmic grooves mixed with ethereal dub-scape, the six-piece ensemble features Craig Myers (N’goni) (Rubblebucket, Mike Gordon), Caleb Bronz (Drums) (Gordon Stone Band), Rob Morse (Bass) (Vorzca Trio, Anais Mitchell, Hadestown), Andrew Moroz (Trombone) (Keys), Will Andrews (Trumpet) (Synth/Dub)

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From Burlington, VT, Barika is deep groove music, inspired by the sounds from the Wassoulou region of Mali. A mesmerizing blend of highly danceable poly rhythmic grooves mixed with ethereal dub-scape, the six-piece ensemble features Craig Myers (N’goni) (Rubblebucket, Mike Gordon), Caleb Bronz (Drums) (Gordon Stone Band), Rob Morse (Bass) (Vorzca Trio, Anais Mitchell, Hadestown), Andrew Moroz (Trombone) (Keys), Will Andrews (Trumpet) (Synth/Dub)

What the press are saying:

“Led by their grooves, Barika is wholly rhythmic, captivating audiences with the beautiful, hypnotic way in which they interweave melody and groove to create something that is not only danceable, but incredibly interesting to listen to. Barika creates a soundscape of funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance.”
Performer Magazine

“Captivating polyrhythmic soundscapes that meld the sound of Mali with fine Western jazz-funk-Afrobeat compositions”
WRUV-FM, Burlington

“It’s sparkling and adventuresomely close to a truly remarkable record.”
Seven Days

“With the release of Barika’s other-worldly Remember, Vermont’s best-kept musical secret is about to get out.”
Hidden Track

“Barika is a little like what Rubblebucket would be if the latter band were plucked out of Brooklyn and deposited in West Africa — a three-man horn section tops the swaying rhythms laid down by the percussion of Myers and drummer Caleb Bronz, while Myers’ signature work comes on the ngoni, a stringed instrument he plays with hypnotic precision. His rapid-fire ngoni playing on ‘Blues For Segu’ (matched by guest guitarist Bob Wagner of Burlington) flows like liquid, while his plucking on the tune “Grounded” sets off an unexpected R&B vibe. The percussion rules, however, on “Eh Baba,” a number made for sweaty dancing.”
The Burlington Free Press