LIVE: Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/27/10

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

Nippertown’s premier world music warriors Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde charged into the Sanctuary For Independent Media last Saturday to celebrate the release of their debut album, “War Cry,” and it was a full-blown, packed-to-the-max party, to be sure. Actually, it was a double-barreled party – not only a CD release party, but also Asili’s birthday bash.

The explosive six-piece outfit fronted by dynamic vocalist Asili brilliantly fused together a plethora of international musical styles – ranging from Afro-Caribbean beats, Jamaican reggae, American rock, Brazilian samba, Spanish flamenco and urban hip-hop – into a performance that simply defied categorization.

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Wrapped around the stage and spilling out into the street, the full-house audience danced wildly, rocking with every beat the band conjured up. Highlights of the evening included an aerial trapeze artist and samba band – complete with two additional drummers and a drop-dead gorgeous South American dancer gyrating to the break-neck rhythms.

Off to the side throughout the evening, artist Marcus Anderson was busy painting a huge canvas that he started during DJ Trumastr’s opening set and completed at the end of La Banda Rebeldeā€™s performance.

If you missed this exquisite spectacle, well, fortunately the super-fine folks at the Sanctuary for Independent Media recorded the audio and video of the performance for a future DVD release.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk. See more of Andrzej’s photos from this show at the Nippertown photo archive.

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

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4 Responses to “LIVE: Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/27/10”

  1. This was an amazing show, full of energy and fun! It was hard to keep still, and I didn’t. Thanks for the great review.

  2. Rose Brennan says:

    This party was a gem of the year! The energy and passion of the band was profound and it was evident everyone had a blast! Great music, energy, dancing and guest musians and dancers.
    Top event of 2010!!!By far!

  3. LiLi says:

    The second to last photo here (the dancing girl) made me think of the lyrics to a song (“Into The Night” by Santana/Kroeger):

    “There were drums in the air as she started to dance
    Every soul in the room keeping time with their hands and we sang

    A-yo-a-yo-a-yo-a
    And the voices rang like the angels sang, singing
    A-yo-a-yo-a-yo-a
    And we danced on into the night”

  4. Big ups to la banda rebelde and Taina from The Ameros!

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