ZAMICO's percussionist, Dave Eagle, expresses best what Zamico is all about when he explains the branch of ontology he calls, "Being in the Pocket." Surrounded by golden hued drums, bells and pandeiros he explains, "Look guys, the pocket isn't a place where the musician holds something — it's an intangible place that holds the musician. Everything's got a pocket. The pocket is a way of experiencing life so that you are in it to the fullest extent. It's about listening to others and understanding that you're part of something bigger." Zamico is all about groove, feeling and lifting the spirits of everybody in the room.
The band can talk about circular breathing or the demise of the Tropicalia movement for days but there comes a time when words have been exhausted and a song must be played. Andrew Mckleroy, the lead singer, proposes polishing up "Sofia" a tune written in Portuguese with West African guitar lines and a syncopated Afro-Brazilian processional rhythm called "Afoxé" . This kind of homemade invention is not unusual for Zamico, take a listen to Canjicada. Inspired by the delicious earthy cooking of Andrew's beautiful wife and song writing partner, Nina, Canjicada incorporates elements of Semba from Angola, Konpa from Haiti and equal parts Samba Reggae and Capoeira with lyrics playing on the myths of the Northeast of Brazil.
But lest you suspect Zamico is strictly a world music affair, Sean Norris, sax player, queues in a churning Memphis horn line over a shuffling backbeat underpinned by the funky, afro-cuban tinged bass playing of Raul Perales . "Don't let it Slip" both hypnotic and soulful, reassures the audience that what they are experiencing is not the careless admixture of sounds but rather a journey to the soul of things. Whatever incarnation of rhythm Zamico embodies it's a means to an end, and
that is to uplift and move your spirit.
Zamico plays all manner of dance clubs and has played played several world music festivals, including: