Local Vermont band Movement of the People summons its existence from the great Fela Kuti, performing the Nigerian afrobeat pioneer’s music. Movement of the People is a vibrant bunch of characters that don’t quite make sense, visually, when put together. That’s the point though, right? – because they channel Fela with an impressionable amount of energy, each unique but powerful within their unity. They truly represent “the people”, though at times rub off a bit odd. Movement of the People is a hilarious, fun band to watch in action, and they’re grasp on Kuti’s sound is admirable. Tight, loud, down-low afrobeat – now that’s the stuff. Check out a clip of them performing at Manifestivus:
Afinque was the first band to get campers out of their tents and moving this past Saturday afternoon at Manifestivus. Previous acts had played to a relatively dead concert field. Maybe it was timing, in combination with that big, orchestral sound they have, that drew festival attendees to the main stage. Afinque plays fun, energetic salsa music led by a stunning, lively female vocalist. They’re sound is more a tribute to older styles, like Salsa Dura, which features fat, brass-heavy compositions characterized by multiple percussive elements and a less romanticized, down-and-dirty kind of style. A band of all ages and types, Afinque’s music is good for everyone - couples, families, and hippies who just want to get down.
What a great concept – a West African jam band joining forces with an American bluegrass outfit. Toubab Krewe coupled with the Infamous Stringdusters Friday night at Manifestivus to create The Infamous Krewe. The result? Fun songs that evoke world roots influences – from east to west. It was fun to watch the personalities meld onstage, you could tell this was one of the first times the two bands had attempted a jam together. The Stringdusters started the set solo and slowly, as the hour ticked by, members from Toubab Krewe trickled on stage. The marriage of all these players, styles, and influences got the crowd pumped. We got a couple of videos from the performance. Check them out.