The multinational band serve up a lively performance of a traditional New Orleans tune.
Featuring musicians from New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Brazil, Nation Beat fuses New Orleans funk and maracatu drumming to create a sound that bursts with life. For their newest EP they've teamed up with Indian/funk group Cha Wa to create Carnival Caravan, a thunderous collection of tunes that waste no time in brightening your mood. of the lot, the call-and-response fun of "Liza Jane" is an immediate standout, and you can stream the track below.
"'Liza Jane' is probably one of the most famous traditional songs from NOLA that has crossed many genres throughout North America," the band says. "We wanted to include a familiar song on the EP to pay tribute to the traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians and to challenge ourselves to try and find a unique way of interpreting a song that has been recorded many times. This track features a horn section recorded in NOLA and morphs into a huge samba street party vibe, linking the Carnival and Mardi Gras traditions of Brazil and New Orleans together."
Carnival Caravan will be released 31 July.