Barika + EMEFE, with Mammal Dap
69 Kilmarnock Street
Boston, MA, 02215
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
In 2009, Miles Arntzen started EMEFE with one purpose: to create an unparalleled live experience around his original music. Three weeks later, they played their first show to a ravenously packed house in New York City. Four years later, they had played countless venues across the country, opened for Passion Pit and Big Boi, and released studio albums that documented their live sound. In 2013, the band challenged themselves to create a studio record that surpassed their reputation as merely a great live act. Holing away for 2 years, they used the studio, not the stage, as their instrument to both capture the music's energy and explore its depth. Today, they present the world with EMEFE, a concept album debuting the band's fearless funk-pop music in an unparalleled listening experience.
EMEFE has collaborated with artists such as Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Hoodie Allen, Baloji, Chico Mann, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Robby Hunter Band, Grace Weber, and more. Members of EMEFE have shared stages with artists such as Arcade Fire, The Roots, Nile Rodgers, Tuneyards, Action Bronson, My Morning Jacket, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Allen and more.
With a new year comes a renewed energy and sound from Mammal Dap. The four mammals got together for the first time in October 2012 and quickly discovered the effortless musical chemistry they shared. They immediately set to recording the songs that unfolded in these early sessions, and their unique blend of electro-soul, funk, hip hop and jazz took shape. After locking themselves in the lab for the past year, they have emerged with their debut EP, 5lbs High5. The group draws from a deep love of old school funk and indie rock songwriting, while also giving a nod to master beatmakers like Madlib, J. Dilla and Flying Lotus. The result is a swirling blend of experimental soul and warm electronic textures. “It's a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac” (Valley Advocate, MA).
The boys set off on their first Northeast tour just one year since forming and set to attack. Deli Magazine selected the band to perform at their CMJ 2013 Afrobeat Showcase, and they even grabbed the attention of SPIN Magazine's CMJ coverage. The mammals have had the honor of sharing the stage with many incredible musicians, including Marco Benevento, Superhuman Happiness, EMEFE, Barika, and Swift Technique. Mammal Dap has stepped back into their home studio once again to record their first full release. The new record captures a matured sound and a fresh batch of road-tested material, coupled with some new studio tricks up their sleeves. Watch for its release in early 2014.