The Independent Presents:
Rupa & the April Fishes
Sat, August 27, 2011
628 Divisadero, San Francisco
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 p
$25.00 - $30.00
Note: Sergent Garcia opens the show at 9:00 PM
Rupa & The April Fishes are closing up the show
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SF-based border crossing musical agitators Rupa & the April Fishes will launch their US/European 2011 Tour with this special benefit for Voice of Roma, a group that helps Roma (known in popular culture by the slur "Gypsies") who are struggling against increasing racist policies throughout Europe. Rupa & the April Fishes have been lighting fires on stages around the world since 2006 with their raucous polyglot style, and will be presenting new songs with old favorites in this April Fools Day Concert. Come hear the sound of a world brought together by the sheer insistence of a more hopeful and awake existence...Together with Romani musicians Rumen Shopov & the Sound of the Mahala and SF's Balkan Party Master DJ Zeljko!
Sergent Garcia burst onto the French music scene in the late 1990s with a searing blend of Jamaican reggae and dancehall with Latin grooves that he dubbed "salsamuffin." A veteran of French punk and indie rock, Sergent Garcia has explored his Spanish roots and passion for Caribbean and Latin music to create a popular sound that earned him fans across the globe and sales of hundreds of thousands of albums.
Bruno Garcia, alias Sergent Garcia, was born in 1964, the year of the dragon according the Chinese zodiac, in a small mountain town in France near the Swiss border. The son of a Basque Spanish father and a French mother, and with family connections to Algeria and the Ivory Coast, Bruno's early years took him to live in Bilbao, Spain before his family settled in Paris when he was five years old. Bruno recalls, "It was like a hybrid family with many colors. I spent a lot of time with my little cousin, whose father was from the Ivory Coast. Their household had a very African flavor: there were always people coming from Africa to visit for weeks on end. They were always listening to African music, to soul music, American music, it exposed me to a lot of different things."
Bruno had a chance to discover the wealth of Colombia's music scene first hand when he toured there in 2005. "Colombia is incredible. There were very good bands playing every day in the streets, in the bars, every place; a lot of different styles, a lot of people making music, making art, it was all very, very interesting. And the people, the vibration of the people is incredible." While in Colombia, Bruno worked with Sidestepper's Richard Blair on a five-track EP entitled Cumbiamuffin. After those electrifying sessions Bruno knew that he must produce an album featuring Colombian musicians and styles, and he began to lay the groundwork the Una y Otra Vez (Time and Time Again) project.
The album was recorded in different segments and in various locations. First, Bruno and Ivan Darroman Montoya, a Cuban percussionist in the Sergent Garcia band and co-producer of the group's albums for the past ten years, began developing the arrangements and structures of the songs in Valencia. They took these tracks to Paris where they recorded the basic tracks with the rest of the Sergent Garcia band.
Finally, Bruno headed to Colombia where he worked with a range of local musicians, including Jacobo Velez, clarinetist and director of the cutting-edge band La Mojarra Electrica, Erika Muñoz, one of the lead singers of electro-tropical pioneers Sidestepper, musicians from La-33, Colombia's top young salsa band, Li Saumet, the lead singer of Bomba Estereo and many others. "With this record I wanted to play with all these musicians because they are really young all-stars of Colombia," notes Bruno.
The result of these multinational sessions is Una y Otra Vez, Sergent Garcia's sixth full-length album. For years, Sergent Garcia was signed to EMI France, but for this special project Bruno decided to return to his independent roots and sign with US-based label Cumbancha (www.cumbancha.com). An offshoot of Putumayo World Music (www.putumayo.com), which has featured numerous Sergent Garcia tracks on their top-selling compilations, Cumbancha founder Jacob Edgar counts himself among Sergent Garcia's biggest fans. "I still pinch myself regularly to make sure I'm not dreaming," exclaims Edgar, an ethnomusicologist, music critic and host of the television program Music Voyager (www.musicvoyager.com). "Working with Sergent Garcia, one of my favorite artists of all time, is truly an honor, and I am especially excited about the incredible Una y Otra Vez, which is the best album he's ever produced."
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