Golden Dawn Arkestra

Funk
© Daniel Patlan
© Daniel Patlan

Legend has it that Golden Dawn Arkestra’s founder Zapot Mgwana never knew his father and that his mother always told him it was Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. No wonder then that the music of the imagined son is not a universe away from the latter’s cosmic worlds: Not only did Mgwana borrow Sun Ra’s appellation Arkestra, made up of the words ark and orchestra, he also claims to radiate “interstellar vibrations for children of the sun.” “Band” is such an inadequate description for this avantgarde collective that is always dressed in shining, regal robes – and they pointedly reject any genre categorisation, curtly specifying the “Other” category.

What the listener can expect is a brass-dominated field of experimentation with intergalactic disco-funk, psychedelic soul and rocky Afrobeat, driven by deep grooves, overlaid with cinematic textures and rounded off with resounding space echoes, with the goal of helping the consciousness of the audience to transcend the outermost limits of the cosmos.