¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat: “Somos Hermanos”

Photo by Mike Rivera

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat is truth in advertising. The band blends afrobeat, funk, and Latin sounds, earning a big following in its native Chicago thanks to raucous live shows. The group’s new album Juntos (Spanish for together) is also perfectly-named. ¡Esso! boasts a true melting pot of members with Mexican, Puerto Rican, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Colombian, and African American ancestry. On “Somos Hermanos,” they come together for a brass-led dance party that splits the difference between all the musical roots.

“Somos Hermanos” appears on Juntos, out September 8. ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat plays Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, August 31.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

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