The world needs more African inspired tropical dance fusions of art and music…
I walk into Kraak Gallery on a mid-week jaunt to a gig that I wasn’t all that excited about. Three bands I had never heard of and no exciting reviews to prepare me. I went anyway and was blown away by the talent that came before me during the coming three hours.
Flamingods omitted samba, festival, carnival like sounds into the concrete walls of the small crowded space. You could close your eyes and feel the summer sticky warmth on your skin and forget Manchester outside. Dancing like I had nothing to care for but what I was hearing and seeing was a beuatiful moment and perhaps something that can only be experienced if unexpected?
I decided to do a little research on this band that had lifted me so and this is what I found out:
The album was written after new Visa laws forced founding member Kamal out of the UK. The album deals with themes of identity, belonging and alienation whilst also day dreaming of leaving to foreign far away lands such as the mythical island of Hyperborea. The album was made with none of the band members in the same room, sending audio files back and forth across the internet.
A sight and sound delight, this band did not disappoint, and put confidence back into the spontaneous gig-going days I had almost lost faith in.
image via Flamingods’ FB page