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“Mixing up a rocket fuel of Afrobeat and funk, this is a killer, uncut dose of pure bomb.” — Midwest Record
Funk is the heartbeat of the African Motherland, the thread that links all western music. Soukous and samba, Afro-beat and Go-go, jazz and hip – they all throb with the thump of funk. True to their name, it is the sound at the core of everything the Funk Ark plays.
The Funk Ark is a Funk/Afrobeat ensemble founded by Will Rast (Antibalas, Thievery Corporation, Ocote Soul Sounds) and comprised of the best jazz musicians from the Washington, D.C. area. Drawing from a love of the Latin Funk/Dance music scenes of the 1960s and 70s, The Funk Ark creates music that is gritty, soulful, and invigorating.