Contests October 1, 2013
Ticket Giveaway: Pedrito Martinez Group CD Release Party at City Winery 10/08
The Pedrito Martinez Group will be releasing their debut album on Tuesday, 10/08, on Motema Records, which you can hear right here thanks to NPR's First Listen! Afropop is excited to be offering two free tickets to the live performance and party at City Winery, 155 Varick St, New York, NY, on Tuesday, 10/08. Send us an email at with Pedrito Martinez tickets in the subject for your chance to win! For those who have seen the group perform before, PMG needs no introduction; but for those who don't yet know, for those who are about to have their minds blown, what can we say to prepare you? These four musicians that will take the stage that night are intensely versatile, swinging between funk, jazz, sacred Afro-cuban Orisha music, scorching timba, and perfect vocal harmonizing. This is seriously one of the hottest bands in the world. With just four bodies and voices, they sound bigger than some orchestra-sized Cuban timba bands. Pedrito Martinez, renowned as one of the best Afro-Cuban percussionists on the contemporary scene,  is also an extremely effective singer, as is Ariacne Trujillo, who lays down the twisted, classically-tinged piano montunos that form the harmonic basis from which the group takes flight. Venezuelan bassist Álvaro Benavides is a truly virtuosic badass, as is Pedrito's Peruvian protege Jhair Salas. Together, this group makes a massive, funky, rocking sound. Their upcoming CD has many highlights, and features musical luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, and Steve Gadd. Also, PMG will be touring throughout the country, and Europe! Check here for all dates. You can experience all this, live at City Winery! Hit us up for your chance to win!

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