ZapOte

World Music Band from Brooklyn, NY - Will travel up to 500 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2010
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$300 - $30000 per event
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About
DESCRIPTION:

"ZapOte" is a Female-fronted Latin, Brazilian and World Music Band. We specialize in Afro-Cuban inspired Timba-Funk, Cha-Cha, Cumbias, Merengue, Kompa and Soukkouss, Afro-beat, Samba, Bossa Nova, Caribbean grooves and more.

Taking its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba also known as "mamey",
"ZapOte" delivers non-stop dancing to the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion, funky bass, swinging horn lines and improvisation.

PRESS:

"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" -Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live Series

"[They] were the hit of the season!" - Beth Flusser, Talent Buyer for The Third Street Music Summer Concert Series

"This saucy debut by soul sistah Dawn Drake is an incredible gift to the world of world music!
She skillfully weaves together her bold poetic lyrics, melodic vocals, and a fusion of danceable rhythms performed by herself and a very talented band of musicianados.
You'll love the horns, the deep bass, the compelling percussion..."
Luis Da Silva, Jules Bistro, NYC

"Dawn Drake and her band ZapOte 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


Events Played:
Subrosa, NYC 2016
Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 2016
The Way Station Saturday Night Music Series Residency, Brooklyn, 2015
The Prospect Heights Music and Arts Festival 2015
Provence En Boite Bastille Day Celebration, 2015/2016
MNN Channel 56 Manhattan 2014-2015
Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live Series, 2015
Silvana Harlem, NYC Residency 2015/2016
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
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

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ZapOte improved our Harvest Festival immensely. They were on time and very willing to accommodate my requests. They kicked off our event with enthusiasm and spunk that was lacking from previous years. I intend to hire them again for future engagements and recommend them to anyone who is looking for a marching band.

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Dawn and the rest of the group were great! Extremely talented and a total pleasure to work with! Such a great night!!

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ZapOte’s Response:

It was our pleasure! Such a great dancing crowd and truly a fun night. Thank you so much! Dawn & ZapOte

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We booked Dawn Drake and Zapote for a banquet and they definitely exceeded our standards. Their communication with us was on point, their music and vocals were amazing, and the guests could not stop saying how much they liked the band. We are definitely considering bringing them back in the future. Thanks!

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Fundraiser

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For first contact to completion of the event Dawn was a true pleasure to deal with. Her professionalism and attention to detail are only surpassed by her musical talent. I would highly recommend Dawn to anyone. Thank you, Brian Finn Finley's of Green Street- Huntington, NY

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Club Event

September 05, 2019
$500 for 3 hrs

Wedding

October 10, 2020
$5300 for 5 hrs

Club Event

August 23, 2019
$4000 for 4 hrs

Fundraiser

November 07, 2019
$1000 for 3.5 hrs

Event

August 08, 2019
$400 for 1.5 hrs

Fundraiser

August 24, 2019
$1500 for 2 hrs

PAST EVENTS
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2018
Oct
25
Community Event
Union, NJ
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
May
28
Wedding Reception
Brooklyn, NY
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Oct
29
Festival
Brooklyn, NY
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Sep
4
Club Event
Oyster Bay, NY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Jan
1
Ritz Carlton
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Dec
31
Ritz Carlton
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Dec
30
Ritz Carlton
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Dec
29
Ritz Carlton
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Dec
28
Ritz Carlton
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Nov
26
Silvana
New York City, NY
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2013
Oct
29
Manhattan Cable Television
New York City, NY
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2012
Apr
28
Fundraiser
New York City, NY
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
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Variety Band
Jam Band
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Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note ZapOte will also travel to Jamaica, Flushing, Far Rockaway, Arverne, Inwood, Long Island City, Cedarhurst, Lawrence, New York, Valley Stream, Woodmere, Atlantic Beach, Elmont, Floral Park, Hewlett, Glen Oaks, Lynbrook, Malverne, Bronx, East Rockaway, Franklin Square, Hoboken, Jersey City, New Hyde Park, Garden City, Great Neck, Island Park, Long Beach, Oceanside, Paramus.
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