Nag Champayons


Rising Sounds of a Sinking City

by Nag Champayons

Released 2015
Afro Roots Recordings
Released 2015
Afro Roots Recordings
Afrogalactic Tropidelic sounds from Little Haiti, Miami, Florida, USA, North America, Western Hemisphere, Earth in 2015.
PART I @ 00:00 INTRO > Ominous Currents (Crossing the Atlantic)
PART II @ 01:40 Tropical Storm Surge I (Africa to Caribe)
PART III @ 05:00 Canal Town (Ciudad de Tilapia Tóxicas)
PART IV @ 08:30 Tropical Storm Surge II (Caribe to Miami)
PART V @ 12:20 The Sharks Have All Surrounded Our Island Beds
PART VI @ 15:10 Rising Sounds (Music Creates Ascension)
PART VII @ 16:18 High Tide Downtown (The Bay Comes Crashing In)
PART VIII @ 18:10 OUTRO > Last Transmission from New Atlantis

‘Rising Sounds of a Sinking City’, a concept album consisting of one 21 minute theme in eight movements, takes the listener on a heady musical trip following the dusty winds blown off the western coast of Africa spiraling into a massive tropical storm crossing the Atlantic, picking up strength in the Caribbean and finally surging onto the already disappearing coastline of Miami, the ‘Sinking City’. Both a metaphor for the styles and cultures explored in the music and a commentary on the environmental crisis of pollution & rising sea levels that loom over “Canal Town (Ciudad de Tilapia Tóxicas)” - the title of the 3rd movement.

Weaving together styles and textures from Africa to Colombia, Cuba to Miami all tied together in a screaming psychedelic rock style long-form epic guaranteed to catch the ear of any true music fan. The Nag Champayons use the typical rock staples of electric & 12 string guitars and hammond organ to contrast with the more traditional percussion instruments such as garifuna, balofone, shekere, djembe, wache and udu all seemlesly blended with humid trumpets, synthesizers, electro bass drops, the masterful human beatboxing of Komakozie (Telekinetic Walrus) and a host of vocal bursts. These include the African call and response of Tomas Diaz (Spam Allstars) & Sonyasi Feldman, the spanglish lamentations of Colombian emcee Ephniko and primal expressive vocalizations of Juliet Maisha. These elements as a whole struck one first time listener to enthusiastically describe the experience as ‘Afro-Floyd’.

"Hailing from Miami’s loosely-knit enclave of Francophone cultures known as “Little Haiti,” six-man “afrogalactic” jam outfit The Nag Champayons thumb their musical noses at the borders of geography and time. If at moments their sound recalls the patient, psychedelic grooves of Nigerian legend King Sunny Ade with a little Woodstock thrown in, at others, it speaks to some illicit rendezvous between hip-hop, droning sitars, funk, and the Afro-Cuban entire. Dark, hypnotic, and defiantly unpredictable, the group is not to be missed."

- Brooklyn Academy of Music