Check out our latest single Funk Nassau! Some recordings can magically transport you into the heart of a live party. The combined forces of Atlanta Junkanoo Group and Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective delivering their version of “Funky Nassau” place you right there. It’s clear they’re having a blast and compelling you to join in the celebration.
The remake of this classic features trumpeter and vocalist, Dashill Smith, belting soul and hip hop-infused verses, joined later by Akua Taylor’s passionate refrain, “Funky Nassau!” Taylor’s shout-outs to several beloved Bahamian communities are a clarion call for the phoenix to rise. A hypnotic bass line, funky horns and guitar riffs supported by traditional Junkanoo rhythms bring the muscle of a freight train groovin’ down the track.
Brandon LaFleur, leader of Atlanta Junkanoo Group explains, “The motivation to record this song grew from our passion for Bahamian culture, creativity and collaboration. When hurricane Dorian ravaged our islands, we felt a need to lend moral support to our Bahamian family impacted by this devastating event." Mausiki Scales, founder of the Common Ground Collective, shares, “We wanted to bring together the ‘live-in-concert’ feeling and the ‘live on Bay Street’ energy – into one powerhouse tune.”