“San Francisco's Hamsa Lila succeeds where many have failed, creating music using entirely live Indian, African, Arabic, and Western instrumentation to sound excitingly modern yet wholely legit.Highly inspired by modern house and electronica”
San Francisco, Ca (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
Like mysterious oceanic breezes blowing across the desert, World Music groovemasters Hamsa Lila will be coming out of hiatus from touring to do a run of seven dates, from Portland's Mt.Tabor Theater to the String Cheese Incident festival, the Mystic Festival and 3 Bay Area shows climaxing at the Great American Music Hall from July 17th through the 28th, returning to the roots of their influences, naming the tour ORIGINS 2012, sponsored by NUTIVA Organic Superfoods, a company deeply involved in educating the public about the current GMO labeling issue. The tour will feature live dub mixing by talented producer and slamming bassist Yossi Fine, as well as guest Yoruba vocalist Wunmi (London/NYC), and drummer Billy Shoes Johnson (Santana, MC Hammer). New additional support and guests include the incredible MC work of Lafa Taylor and the amazing Qaawali party of Fanna Fi Allah.
Digging down into their traditional and cultural origins. the band will also be bringing in to their sets a fresh sound, utilizing the talented Yossi Fine for live dub mixing on the tour. A bass virtuoso (playing with legends like David Bowie and Lou Reed), Yossi also is an accomplished producer who recently did an album with Mali guitarist Vieux Farke Toure, son of legendary Ali Farke Toure. Yossi defined the band's sound, producing Hamsa Lila's first studio album Gathering One, which went to the top of both the CMJ national chart and Canada's Chart Attack World Music categories in 2005. Hamsa Lila's music broke new ground, using a plethora of traditional instruments like the Moroccan bass-like sintir, the harp-like kamel ngoni from Mail, and the gangan, a Yoruba talking drum (to name just a few) along with hypnotic drum grooves, infectious vocal melodies and traditionally-based songs and chants in a modern format, accented with dub effects and electronic tweaks.
Hamsa Lila, known for its marathon trance-inducing sets, is excited to be working with their featured guest vocalist Wunmi, a Yoruba singer based in London and NYC, who is likened to "a female Fela Kuti" and also appeared on the Fela tribute album "Red Hot & Riot."
The ORIGINS 2012 TOUR and line up highlights the band's full embrace of roots music. The resonance of the sintir, the guimbri (a N. African skinned lute), kamel ngoni, and organic percussion, woven with polyrhythmic grooves, creates an aural tapestry at the core of the Hamsa Lila signature sound. With the deep love for bass in modern music, Hamsa Lila brings forward the origins of bass in the three aforementioned stringed instruments, giving people a sense of the ancient – yet in a contemporary context: one that can also be termed as 'trance' music, but not in the electronic genre sense of the word. Hamsa Lila is connected directly to the original trance traditions found throughout the African diaspora, often associated with healing practices and spiritual ceremonies.
"At our shows, everyone - the band included - gets to fully experience the original meaning of the word 'trance,' says core band member MJ Greenmountain. “There's a definite sense of being somehow transformed through the music. It's a mystery even to us."