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!
"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.
"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
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