Dutch band Jungle by Night will bring Amsterdam’s worldwide Afrobeat-inspired funk to the US. On July 11 the band will perform at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, New York and on July 12 they will play at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Jungle by Night consists of nine young lads from Amsterdam who use their musical upbringing, taste, backgrounds and unstoppable eagerness to produce a unique blend of musical styles. The nine souls in Jungle by Night were acquainted through school, street and family bonds. A couple of years ago, the group seemed to be infected with a love for raw Africa oriented funk and retreated into the rehearsal studio. The band was invited to perform as the opening act at concerts of Mayer Hawthorne and The Roots & John Legend. They were guests in Paris at shows of musical godfathers Mulatu Astatke and Orchestre Poly-Ritmo de Cotonou and invited Seun Kuti and Tony Allen to their own Felabration festival in Amsterdam!
There wasn’t a festival organizer unimpressed by Jungle by Night, so they were basically invited to all! Regardless if the festival was world music oriented like Music Meeting Nijmegen or Pole Pole Ghent, dance festivals like Pitch, major rock-events such as Lowlands or Sziget or Jazz minded like North Sea Jazz or Istanbul.
Jungle by Night does not set any musical boundaries, the possibilities are infinite. The band members have individual interest and tastes in music. One likes psychedelic rock, others listen to hip hop and a lot of jazz, yet others get their kicks from reggae, latin and rock. All influences dwell down to the musical palette of Jungle by Night. “It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it with passion and soul,” thus Jungle by Night.