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KLEZMER SKA FUNK – JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL? MAKE WAY FOR ABRAHAMINC

August 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

AND IT’S GOOD!

Let the words roll off your tongue. Klezmer, Ska, Funk.

Now Klezmer has been getting steadily more popular as well as other Jewish musical forms and cross over versions there of (think Matisyahu – Hassidic Jewish Reggae). When I think of Klezmer I think Woody Allen – I don’t know why I just do. Ska and Funk? I think of the Specials, Madness and The English Beat. More recently in the 90’s it was Urban Blight and the Toasters. Ska is still a huge niche while Funk took a hit when the Bottom Line went under.

Now – Look at this Band. Abramhaminc.

Abrahaminc is a big band – that is reminiscent of those early 80’s units such as The Specials with Horns. According to their website… Abrahaminc is a collaboration of “DAVID KRAKAUER, champion of klezmer music and world-class clarinetist (I wonder if he knows my grandfather the Legendary Ralph McLane who is still considered the “Babe Ruth” of Classical Clarinet”); legendary funk trombonist and arranger FRED WESLEY, celebrated for his work with James Brown and George Clinton; and hip-hop renegade and beat architect SOCALLED who from what I’ve seen has the charisma of Common and other New Style Rappers.

THANK GOD.

Something New. And as readers of this column know, I LOVE to stumble on something new. Abrahaminc is set to film a video with REV99 Co-Founder and Mixed Media Visionary who goes by the name “Hooker”. THIS is going to be good.

So – Klezmer Funk. Kinda seems natural with the Clarinet. Why is it that no one thought of it until Abrahaminc? The bottom line is that’s the way to get people in the clubs again is to get them to dance. Who wants to watch Steven Tyler fall off the stage?

So take a look at something new, something you’ve most likely never seen before….. Klezmer Ska Funk. Still like the way the terms roll off the tongue.

Listen, Dance – then Eat! Here are Abrahaminc performing their brand of Klezmer Ska Funk live at the Apollo.

ABRAHAMINC and their KLEZMER SKA FUNK - IT'S DA NEW STYLE

ABRAHAMINC and their KLEZMER SKA FUNK - IT'S DA NEW STYLE

Currently in Beta, SplashVideo.tv syndicates to 150 Viral Video and Social Media Sites as well as mobile content to 70 countries. A little about myself, I head the digital media and emerging technologies division of GCMP.tv. In addition to being a leading New York media strategist, Brian specializes in social commerce, webcasting, building your own network (BYON), ghostwriting and blogging. iProgram specializes in Live To Phone Technologies, mobile video and marketing strategies from its base in New York City. I am also an expert on webcasting and am frequently called upon to execute webcasts from in studio and remote locations. I am a leading New York Based Streaming Media Encoding Technician.

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