Slovenian-American bassist, conguera, and singer-songwriter Dawn Drake leads this 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 studied and played congas and sacred Batá drums in Cuba, and samba percussion in Brazil, She also plays bass with many international groups namely from West Africa and the Caribbean. She and her group perform globally and you can find her music at www.dawndrake.com.
ZapOte also plays extended live playlists of world music for your partying and dancing pleasure with a mix of Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian dance music. We have extended live playlists for Salsa parties (Son, Salsa, Cumbias, Cha-cha, Merengue), Caribbean and Reggae Parties (Reggae, Kompa, Dancehall, Soca, Calypso), Afro-Beat parties (Soukkous, Afro-beat, Latin) and Brazilian Parties (Samba, Samba Reggae, Bossa Nova) If you would like a song list, please don’t be afraid to ask!
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC THEME FOR YOUR PARTY THAT IS NOT LISTED, PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE ON THE “CONTACT PAGE” AS DAWN IS A PROFESSIONAL EVENT PLANNER SPECIALIZING IN INTERNATIONAL THEMES.
To hear some of our party playlists, they can be heard on SoundCloud
To see a sample of our Brazilian party themes, please check out:
The Way Station Saturday Night Music Series Residency, Brooklyn, 2015
The Prospect Heights Music and Arts Festival 2015
Provence En Boite Bastille Day Celebration, 2015
MNN Channel 56 Manhattan 2014-2015
Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live Series, 2015
Silvana Harlem, NYC Residency 2015
United Nations DP Management Meeting in Westchester County, NY. March 2014
Mafrika Festival, Shrine World Music NYC 2014
Frauentstimmen Festival, Brig, Switzerland, June 2014
Danbury Concerts on the Green, CT, August 2014
Mamapalooza Festival 2010, 2011, 2015
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Chili Pepper Fest 2010
Third Street Music Settlement Summer Concert Series 2012 and 2013
Sister Space Weekend 2013
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMCafe Live! Series 2007, 2010, 2015
Virginia Bluemont Concert Series 2008
Wisteria Cornstalk Festival 2009
Downtown Berkeley Music Festival 2009, 2010
Iowa Women’s Music Festival 2011
FOX News Cleveland, Channel 8, 2011