Barika is a 6 piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from Burlington, Vermont. The group is led by Craig Myers who, in addition to leading Barika on the N'Goni, is also a current member of the Mike Gordon’s band, and was one of the original founding members of Rubblebucket. He has performed alongside many artists and bands including Midnight, Toubab Krewe, Djeneba Seck, and John Brown's Body.
What is the press saying about When The Time Comes, our new album
"In their most realized band effort to date, one that truly captures the essence of West African, soul and psychedlica into a bold brew that retains focus, intrigue and undeniably stellar musicianship; Barika has created an underground classic." - Glide Magazine
"Barika has found its voice. Actually, the band led by Burlington musician Craig Myers has found several voices to flesh out its West African-driven instrumental groove music. He has long wanted to add vocals to his band’s sound, and Barika’s new album, “When the Time Comes,” features guest performances by local singers Kat Wright and Craig Mitchell and French-African musician Daby Touré." - Burlington Free Press
"When the Time Comes is a rare album; it allows the human mind to take a step back from the trials and tribulations in our daily lives, and provides a space to dig deep culturally and musically through the creativity that Craig Myers and the rest of Barika have created." - Live For Live Music
Meridian 71 is an eclectic and international ensemble of well-established musicians Boston-based. The ensemble is led by Italian drummer and composer Giuseppe Paradiso. The original music performed by Meridian 71 is characterized by a very distinctive and unique voice, as a result of an extensive and ongoing research into various music traditions and cultures. Influences range from jazz and improvised music to American, Mediterranean and African traditions.