Unique, trippy Afro-based neo-soul…the sound of Incognita is hard to describe in a word or phrase, other than to say it just rocks. The band set to headline the Afrifest Gala at the Cedar Cultural Center have a unique background that spreads across multiple continents and cultural influences.
Taken from Incognita’s Bio and Band Description on MySpace:
“Lead singer and songwriter Iyabo (aka Incognita) was born in England, grew up in Nigeria and has lived in Minnesota for 16 years. The music of Incognita is in a lot of ways the reflection of the blending of sounds and rhythms that results when different cultural sounds are expressed as songs.
Siama Matuzungidi, one of the lead guitars grew up in a rural area of the Democratic Republic of Congo own, and began his professional career at age of 17. Siama’s music is a mixture of traditional music from his home in Mbetani and Soukous music. He plays lead rhythm guitar, and composes and sings in Lingala, Kingo, Swuahili, French and English.
Having one foot in one culture and the other in another culture gives an unconnected yet universal feel to the music so that initially hearing it, it is difficult to categorize, to put in a box. But what is telling about the style of music is it always has a rich rhythm that builds on its African roots. The soulful vocals and steady rhythm always side step interestingly with the music whether on a tune reminiscent of punk rock, or over a Mediterranean melody line.
Incognita is currently working on a debut album: “Is the Sun Out Yet”, due to be released late 2007.”
Incognita will take the main stage of the Cedar Cultural Center at 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 18. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:00 PM with bands playing outdoors in the courtyard starting at 6:30 pm. Five bands are scheduled to play on the main stage starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $10 at the door.