Title: Rough & Funny (Live Album)
Catalog #: CYBER1028
The excitement and energy of Aphrodesia live recorded for the first time. If you’ve never had a chance to check out this Afro-beat orchestra on stage, you can now hear what you’ve been missing.
Tracks 1 and 6 were recorded at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on April 27, 2006.
Track 2 was recorded at Mishawaka Amphitheater in Ft. Collins, Colorado on June 21, 2006.
Tracks 3, 4, and 5 were recorded at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, California on April 22, 2006.
Aphrodesia’s extraordinary sonic stew encompasses touches of Afrobeat, Highlife, dub, funk, Caribbean spice, and East African trance music, all with the captivating vocal stylings of Lara Maykovich as their focal point. After living in Ghana and Zimbabwe during 1997 and 1998, where she studied and performed with members of Akrowa Dance Ensemble of Ghana, Hewale Sounds of Ghana, Ghana National Dance Company, and National Music and Dance Company of Zimbabwe, Maykovich returned to Boulder, Colorado, where she sang with The Motet and performed with Boubacar Diabete.
She met bassist Ezra Gale soon after moving to the Bay Area in 2002, and the pair then recruited a stellar supporting cast that before long created such a buzz the East Bay Express dubbed them “The Bay Area’s answer to Antibalas”.