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Brazzaville

There more than one artist called Brazzaville. 1) US band 2) Belgian funk band 3) Swedish ska band 1) Brazzaville was formed by David Brown in 1998 in Los Angeles, California. While on tour playing saxophone with Beck, David bought an old guitar in Barcelona and began writing the songs for what would be the first Brazzaville album, 2002. Since then Brazzaville has recorded an additional 3 albums, Somnambulista, Rouge On Pockmarked Cheeks and Hastings Street. The original version of the band included many musicians, although the core group consisted of Kenny Lyon, Joe Zimmerman, Joel Virgel-Vierset, Mike Bolger and David Ralicke. The band has toured the east and west coasts of the US as well as playing shows in Europe, Russia and Kazakhstan. In 2003 David sold everything and moved to Barcelona. There he formed a new version of Brazzaville consisting of himself, two American expatriates (Ivan Knight and Brady Lynch) and two local boys (Paco Jordi and Richie Alvarez). In 2004, Mimicry Records released a greatest hits record called Welcome to Brazzaville. The band's fifth album, East L.A. Breeze, was released in June 2006, and tracks are currently streaming on their myspace page. 2) Brazzaville (Belgian band) is a 7-headed band that produces an exciting, adventurous and especially a funky sound. The music is inspired by 70's jazz & funk, afrobeat and rare grooves. They recorded their debut album “Days of thunder, days of grace” in march 2008 featuring four special guests; Zap Mama, Mo & Grazz & Zita Swoon’s Amel Serra. They are working on their second album that will be mixed by Ben Lamdin from Nostalgia77 (Tru Thoughts). Brazzaville already played the warm-up concerts for artists like Al Jarreau, The Neville Brothers & Marcus Miller. Last summer they played at the biggest Belgian jazz festival; Gent Jazz Festival and toured with Jazzlab Series. In 2007 they won the ‘Young Jazz Talent Ghent’ contest. ‘Days of thunder, days of grace’ best Belgian Jazz Album of 2008 according to the Belgian newspaper ‘Le Soir’. The band consists of keys: Jan Willems, guitar: Geert Hellings, baritone sax: Vincent Brijs, tenorsax with effects: Andrew Claes, electric bass: Nicolas Rombouts, drums: Maarten Moesen and percussion: Amel Serra. Contact: [email protected] (C) Evil Penguin (record company) 3) Brazzaville (Swedish band) Brazzaville was formed in Sala, Sweden as Tongue Gongue. Their debute demo from 1995 was given a 4.5 (of 4) rating in SA and was named "demo of the year" by Patrik Björk of Backstage Magazine. In 1996 and 1998 they played at the Hultsfred Festival. They were signed to Deaf & dumb Records and in 1996 they released their five track CD Introducing Brazzaville. It was followed in 1998 by the full length album The Girl Is Allright..

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