Bassist, conguera, and singer-songwriter Dawn Drake leads this female worldbeat-meets-funk ensemble, which breaks down cultural barriers by incorporating everything from Afro-Cuban jazz to hip-hop to samba into a soul-shaking mix. Deep bass grooves and swinging horn lines provide a danceable backdrop for Drake’s socially conscious lyrics, which impart messages of universal consciousness, empowerment, and compassion.
“Dawn Drake and her band are at the beginnings of a fascinating journey to enthusiastically bridge chasms of cultural and gender disconnect that plagues so much of pop music’s body politic. To hear them is to imagine early period jam sessions between Laura Nyro and Carole King with Sly Stone and Sergio Mendes sitting in. Theirs is a playfully intense dynamic that needs to be seen more” – Darrell McNeill, Director, Black Rock Coalition, Curator Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe, NYC
“Dawn Drake and ZapOte completed the evening program with funky Afro Beat. The band’s leader, the New York bassist Dawn Drake studied in Africa, Cuba and Brasil and is a true multi-talent on stage. She sang and played bass at the same time and also showed her talent as a percussionist – a true band leader with “herzblut” (literally ‘with heart blood’)” – Walliser Bote, from a review of the Frauenstimmen Festival, 2014