More Press

Press for the new album Nightshade can be found here at Rock Paper Scissors PR

Songlines Magazine, March 20 reviews the new Album “Nightshade”:

Brooklyn Roads!:

And these Swiss press clippings:


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“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, July 7 2014 (Walliser Bote is a newspaper published in Brig, Switzerland. Quoted from a review of the Frauenstimmen Festival, 2014.)

Nice review from Midwest Record!:
“DAWN DRAKE & ZAPOTE/Nightshade: A modern genre splicer that finds her roots in a panoply of Pan Latin sounds does a killer job of making a percussion driven sound stand front and center even as the future pushes it away from it’s general roots. Bringing a feminine energy to what should almost be Tito Puente’s turf, Drake finds a way to bring ambient to the tropics for a set that certainly has a mind of it’s own. Solid stuff for forward thinking ears.”

“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


“[They] were the hit of the season!”

                      – Beth Flussertalent curator, Third Street Music School Concert Series in Abe Lebewohl Park, NYC