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World Music Band from Brooklyn, NY Will travel up to 350 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 5 Reviews
  • 8 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 1 Award or Badge
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $1,000 per event

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DESCRIPTION: "ZapOte" is a Female-fronted Latin, Brazilian and World Music Band. We specialize in Salsa, Cha-Cha, Cumbias, Merengue, Kompa and Soukous, Afro-beat, Samba, Bossa Nova, Dancehall, 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: "This tropical pop ensemble played with Hearts Blood"! -Walliser Bote, Switzerland. "[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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Review by Niki B.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on September 27, 2019From New York City, NY

Bandleader Dawn and the additional members of ZapOte created a fun, festive and engaging ambiance for our cocktail party celebration. The group was responsive to feedback (we needed to have a quieter vibe in the early stages of the event so that people could have conversations easily), and generally very accommodating and flexible (we were able to use the band's microphone for a short speech and negotiate for an extra 30 minutes of play time). The quality of the music was great and party guests had nothing but complements. Everyone left smiling!

Review by Andrew G.

FestivalReviewed on October 29, 2016From Brooklyn, NY

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.

Review by caroline c.

Club EventReviewed on September 4, 2016From Oyster Bay, NY

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


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

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  • Lola | Charanga Habanera
  • La Vida es Un Carnaval | Celia Cruz
  • Todo Tiene Su Final | Hector LaVoe
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  • Agua de Beber | Astrud Gilberto
  • Son de La Loma
  • Que Rico Cha Cha Cha


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Past Events

September 27, 2019 • Corporate Function
Fri5:30 PM - 7:00 PM New York City, NY
October 25, 2018 • Community Event
Thu4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Union, NJ
May 28, 2017 • Wedding Reception
Sun1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Brooklyn, NY
October 29, 2016 • Festival
Sat12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Brooklyn, NY
September 4, 2016 • Club Event
Sun7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Oyster Bay, NY
January 1, 2014 • Ritz Carlton
Wed12:00 PM - 12:00 AM Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 31, 2013 • Ritz Carlton
Tue12:00 PM - 12:00 AM Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 30, 2013 • Ritz Carlton
Mon12:00 PM - 12:00 AM Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 29, 2013 • Ritz Carlton
Sun12:00 PM - 12:00 AM Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 28, 2013 • Ritz Carlton
Sat12:00 PM - 12:00 AM Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 26, 2013 • Silvana
Tue10:00 PM - 12:00 AM New York City, NY
October 29, 2013 • Manhattan Cable Television
Tue11:00 PM - 12:00 AM New York City, NY

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