Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Shaolin Temple Defenders @ Akwaba Châteauneuf de Gadagne 2/2/08

The Shaolin Temples Defenders consist of Laure Frejacques aka Yim Wing(Trumpet), Grat Martinez aka Boddidharma( Saxophones), Cedric Lacaze aka Phun Dao Dak(Organ), Pierre Petit aka Ng Mui(Guitar), Jeremy Ortal aka Mieu Hien(Bass), Mickey Fourcade aka Michel (Drums), Emmanuel Guerin aka The Lion Of Bordeaux( Vocals) aka Sir Right on ( Son live)

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As the ardent keeper of an authentic Soul music legacy, Shaolin Temple Defenders brings a brand new breed to the French musical scene. True to the sounds and arrangements of 60's & 70's soul/funk bands such as, the JB's, the Meters or Stax's staff artists( Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor...) ,these 7 musicians, who play their own compositions, offer an explosive show to their audience. Their dynamic live act reminds of the overexciting atmosphere of legendary american vintage clubs. After setting fire to their audience on many stages, they keep on keeping on and it's impossible to remain indifferent to their appeal. To defend the temple of Soul, their weapons are as follow: vintage outfits, lamp amplifiers, a Hammond organ, tight horns, an unbeatable rhythm section and a roaring lion.

After the release of their 1st album, « Chapter one: enter the temple »( Nocturne/ Soul Beats Records) in March 2006, they hit the road for a series of about 50 concerts: Garorock, Printemps de Bourges, Reggae Sun Ska Festival, Euskal Herria, ZicZac Estival, Musicalarue in Luxey , Bars en Trans in Rennes…They also shared stages with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Maceo Parker, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Groove Collective... They have also been working with legendary Funky Diva, Miss Martha High, former vocalist of the James Brown Show. and now propose a tight and funky show with her as lead vocalist.

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