Since 2005, Shokazoba has been a premier Afrobeat band based in Northampton Massachusetts. We are a collection of musicians who have come together to write and perform a unique blend of Jazz and Funk with a West African undertone and a consciously uplifting message.
The music’s funky qualities and polyrhythms draw parallels to the works of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and Funk legend James Brown. Interlocking guitar patterns and syncopated percussion seamlessly blended with jazz infused horn lines guarantee to have the entire audience dancing.
Shokazoba has played a variety of stages from small clubrooms to large festival main stages. Because our sound is so uplifting and accessible, it goes over well with most music lovers.
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!
The band garnered the Valley Advocate Best of 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012 award for World Music, Best of 2008 award for Funk, and Best Jazz in the My411 Source poll in 2009. Our album "Congress For Sale", among other recordings, is currently available on this site, and through all fine online music retailers. Shokazoba is working towards a new album to be released sometime in the not so distant future.