Obama approved Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to play Cuba*

“I CANNOT get enough of these guys, they soothe the soul.” So said US president Barack Obama about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who will launch their new album in Cuba*, Eyre Square on Friday May 29 at 8pm.

With fans including Barack Obama, David Byrne, Q-Tip, Madlib, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Jools Holland and the soon-to-be-announced news that they (along with Mos Def and Tony Allen ) will be the new Gorrilaz outfit, this band is no ordinary collective.

The band is made up of eight brothers, all of whom are the sons of Sun Ra trumpeter and songwriter Phil Cohran, and they have been playing together since they were children.

Damon Alburn’s Honest Jon’s label are about to release Hypnotic’s first official full length studio album in May. Barack Obama invited them to perform and help on his rallies in the run up to his presidency.

The Hypnotic’s powerful, soul, jazz, funk sound has brought Grafton Street to a halt whenever they have performed their impromptu busking sessions there, with the gardaí helping out so that they could finish off their performances.

The Sunday Observer said there were among the top five bands to see live in 2009. Do you need any more convincing?

Admission is €15. For more information contact Cuba*/Bar903 on 091 - 565991.

Win tickets to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Galway Advertiser in association with Choice Cuts have three pairs of tickets to give away to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in Cuba*. To be in with a chance to win just answer the following question: How many brothers are in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble?

Email your answers to [email protected] and write Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Competition in the subject heading. You must include your name, address, and a telephone number at which you can be contacted. The closing date for entries is Tuesday May 19 at 5pm.


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