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LABOR PARTY is a vibrant band of Minneapolis-based musicians that liberally and unashamedly mixes elements of different African, Latin, and Middle Eastern as well as American musical traditions into their accessible pop tunes. Their combined experience on the college-circuit and concert stage (including opening slots for Youssou N'Dour, Kanda Bongo Man, Beausoleil, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Gil Scott-Heron, NRBQ, Steel Pulse, Mighty Sparrow and many others) guarantee an exciting and danceable live show for any audience. Most of the band members have been performing and recording together in various configurations since 1990 and have been featured in or by BEAT Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, and numerous regional television programs. Core members include Matthew Rodreick (vocals, guitar), David Burk (guitar, bass, 'ud, saz, percussion, vocals), Martin Ubwe (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Sarah (Sasha) Burk (keyboards, vocals), Jairo Espinosa (percussion),and Kurt Olson (drum kit). The diverse list of guest artists adds to the pan-national ambiance of the CD and includes the following: Tommi Riva-Numbala (Namibia), Luis De Jesus (Puerto Rico), Robert Mpambara (Uganda), Marbue Williams (Liberia), S. Chandra Naraine (Guyana), with special co-production on one tune by Greg and Julius McFarlane of Ipso Facto. 'Labor Party's... debut CD...is an intriguing melange of exotic instrumentation and arrangements and feel-good harmonies. The songs range from Beatles Revolver-era, Middle eastern-influenced tunes to more straight-ahead blues-based numbers...Holding the whole thing together is a funky rhythm section that includes about as many drum sounds as a couple of Stewart Copeland albums.' -Todd Weber, CITYVIEW (Central Iowa) '...This introductory disc reaches far beyond straight reggae, spanning folky Afropop to Middle Eastern meditations, all of it highlighted by the violin work of Sasha. Bravo to the thoughtful lyrics that strive to make points beyond the obvious (or innocuous).' -Jim Meyer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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