Aphrodesia

Aphrodesia

Interview with Ezra of Aphrodesia. We discuss the influence of poet Gary Snyder on the song "Progression/Destruction"; choosing Aphrodesia as the name of the band; how the group came together; songs that Lara has learned from Ghana and Zimbabwe; white people co-opting black music; Aphrodesia's invitation to tour with the African Show Boys in Ghana in February 2006; respect and recognitin from African musicians and bands; the resurgence of afrobeat; Antibalas; Fela Kuti; the political messages in afrobeat; the war on Iraq; the Bush administration; infusing the political leanings of afrobeat with an American sensibility; Aphrodesia's version of Fela Kuti's "No Agreement"; Stiff Pickle Orchestra; the inevitable comparison to Fela Kuti or Tony Allen when performing afrobeat; highlife; Ali Farka Touré; the Aphrodesia biodeisel tour bus; how restaurants react when they approach them for their vegetable oil; their next show at the Elbo Room December 16th; opening for the String Cheese Incident at the Anon Salon Sea of Dreams December 30th; the New Year's Eve Black and Red Ball at the Mateel Community Center, Redway, California December 31st; click here to view upcoming Aphrodesia shows; the mbira.

Featured songs are "Progression/Destruction", "Mr. President" and "Flat Tire".

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