Posted in To Do | music | pictures on August 1, 2008

photos by Lori Baily

Extra Golden @ Knitting Factory

Live, the fusionish nature of the music become apparent very quickly. The benga influence is indeed obvious, with the group's three guitarists playing catchy melodies in syncopated, danceable rhythms. But the rock came through aggressively as well, with fuzzed-out guitar solos (and even a heavy dose of wah-wah in the latter half of "Obama") making numerous appearances. Maybe this just betrays my cultural bias, but these moments when the rock influences were clearest, such as strident distorted guitar lines dissolving elegantly back into staccato benga melodies, were easily my favorite parts of the show. [Washington City Paper]
The NYC show at Knitting Factory was this past Tuesday (July 29, 2008) and Extra Golden will be back in NYC to play the free African Guitar Festival in Prospect Park on Sunday with Daby Toure (an alternative to the Deerhunter / Black Lips / King Khan extravaganza going down the same day in McCarren Pool)....
Sunday, August 3 at 2 - 9pm
American Express Roots Music Series
AFRICAN GUITAR FESTIVAL

Our annual all-day festival of food, clothing crafts, and music from across the continent features a stellar lineup, led by Zimbabwe's deeply soulful national treasure OLIVER MTUKUDZI and heirs to the Malian music throne HABIB KOITÉ & BAMADA and DABY TOURÉ. YOSSI FINE's funk-infused pan African approach and EXTRA GOLDEN, who combine traditional Kenyan Benga with indie rock, complete our most eclectic African festival ever.

2:30pm Extra Golden
3:30pm Yossi Fine & Afrikan Bass
4:40pm Daby Touré
6:00pm Habib Koité & Bamada
7:30pm Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits

More pics from Knitting Factory below...

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Comments (3)

out of all the really great shows I've seen this year, this one might've been the best. extra golden are truly amazing musicians - everyone fit into a specific sonic space, no one stepped on anyone else's toes, and there were several of those magic moments when the whole band came together in a perfect rockout.

Posted by lori | August 1, 2008 5:24 PM

Do you think it will be possible to see Extra Golden on Sunday and still make it to the pool in time to see King Khan?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:15 AM

The early act at the Pool usually goes on at 3:30. So, no. Extra Golden is playing that amazing free show up at Lincoln Center in August though.

Posted by J | August 2, 2008 12:16 PM

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