Shokazoba began in 2005 in Northampton, Massachusetts as a 17 piece Fela Kuti tribute project. We now produce original music, blending jazz and funk with a West African undertone and a consciously uplifting message.
Our music draws inspiration from afro-beat, funk, jazz, punk, psychedelic rock, prog, rap, trance, R&B, hip hop, soul, and other eclectic influences. Interlocking guitar patterns and syncopated percussion seamlessly blend with jazz infused horn lines. We guarantee to have the entire audience dancing!
Shokazoba has played a variety of stages from clubrooms to big festivals, and from large weddings to more intimate private parties. Our music goes over well with most people, and It is intended to be uplifting and accessible, Over the years, many talented musicians have contributed to the development and refinement of the unique sound and style that is now Shokazoba. We thank them all for their unique contributions!
Shokazoba garnered the Valley Advocate's award for Best World Music in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012, their Best Funk award in 2008, and Best Jazz in the My411 Source poll in 2009. We were also recognized as "Artists of the Year" (Big Bands category) by the African Jazz review in reference to our 2011 release of "Congress For Sale" (http://www.africanjazz.info/music2012.html).
It's very important to us to keep our music accessible to everyone, so please download our live recordings for free on archive.org. Our album "Congress For Sale" is currently available through all fine online music retailers, and our EP "Illusion of Choice" is available online for free download. We are currently working towards a new album to be released sometime in the near future. Peace!