Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Since 1994, Brooklyn Funk Essentials have been presenting their unique brand of eclectic funk to ecstatic audiences, the world over. Made up of musicians, singers and poets from around the globe, the group famously mixes styles like soul, jazz, latin, house, drum & bass, ska, afrobeat and Anatolian melodies all rolled into one ferocious funk fest. If it grooves, they will funk it!
It’s the million dollar question – Can you name every musician that ever played with BFE on a stage or in a studio? Exactly. Did you know that Dizzy Gillespie plays on the Cool & Steady & Easy album? Yep, he did. And that Thierry Henry did a cameo as a rapper with BFE in Barcelona in 2009? That’s not true.
Actually, there have been members touring with BFE, who nobody can remember the name of. Like, who was that percussionist with the blonde fro, who fell off the stage in Paris in '95 and broke his foot?
Are you keeping track that Shä-key, on the first three BFE records, became Hanifah Walidah on 2008’s Watcha Playin’ album, and is now making tracks with her new St. Lo outfit under the name Mezz Walidah? Uhu.
It is only here, on this – the official Brooklyn Funk Essentials web home, that you will find out such fascinating info.
Funk Ain't Ova
Friday, Oct. 2 is the release date of 'Blast It!', the first single from BFE's new 'Funk Ain't Ova' album, which will be released world-wide by Dorado Records on Nov. 13.
This is the original BFE EPK (electronic press kit) from 1995 for the album Cool & Steady & Easy. Interesting trivia: as the band walked down Houston Street followed by the film crew, a group of young girls stopped and checked them out. But after a two second inspection, one of the girls declared: "Nah, they're not famous. We're outa here!".