Shokazoba is a nine piece horn driven funk powerhouse! They began in 2005 as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original music aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Voted "Best of the Valley" five times, nominated "Live Act of the Year" by the New England Music Awards, winners of the 2017 Valley Music Showcase, and recognized with several honorable distinctions by the African Jazz Review, Shokazoba performs high energy, top quality music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls.
"New England's Afrofunk Ensemble, embracing Fela Kuti's legacy, with a conscious message, delivered in powerful danceable music." Iohann Vega, Radioplasma
"Shokazoba is an Afrobeat ensemble that blends jazz and old school funk with a West African beat that sets the foundation for a great community vibe." - Bluebird Reviews
"It's a fantastic track: like musical gold flowing through my head." Andy Matthole, Jazz Central - Sine FM
"With a groove so funky you can smell it, they blend several different genres in a mixer and leave the listener convulsing to the sounds. From jazz to funk to an addicting West African beat, they have developed a wonderfully unique soundscape that fits perfectly with the inspiring message the bands delivers." - bandsforbernie.co
"Sometimes a record really can wake you up from whatever slump you're in, and make you feel refreshed. For an amateur of New World music like myself, Shokazoba is perfect; the band's music is succinct, exciting, and new and makes you want to listen to the genre for a deeper understanding" - CMJ