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Cha Wa

From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy” to the gritty warmth of singer Joseph Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture. “Spyboy” was produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and features special guests Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, HBO’s Treme), Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Nth Power), and Danica Hart. — Cha Wa’s debut, “Funk N Feathers,” explored contemporary riffs on the traditional music J’Wan Boudreaux grew up singing alongside his grandfather, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, in the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe

Album

My People

Label: Single Lock Records
Released: 2021

Album

Spyboy

Label: UPT Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Cha Wa Get on Out the Way Hey Baby Spy on Fiya Visible Means of Support J'Wan's Story Chapters My Indian Red Can't Cage a Bird Soul Rebel Geechie Boom Boom Golden Crown I'll Fly Away

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Article: In Pictures

Freihofer Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Freihofer Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Rudolph Lu


The 42nd Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY was held from June 28-20, 2019 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The broad spectrum of jazz was well represented. Well over 25 artists performed. There was an unofficial opening on the 28th held at the Caffe Lena, a venue located in Saratoga Springs ...

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Article: Jazzmatazz

Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke


Exploring the grounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival is like going to all you can eat Las Vegas buffet. “Look over there at table four; there's Dixieland. Wait at table six, there's Latin jazz, supposedly the main table as a new head chef, let's go there." You can stuff yourself by going ...

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News: Festival

18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

Jazz in June officially starts this Friday June 21 with the opening of the 18th Edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. The nine- day Festival runs through June 29 and will present more than 320 shows including a record 102 free shows and events and 220 shows in the Club Pass Series. It all ...

Album

Funk 'n' Feathers

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Injuns, Here They Come; Ooh Na Nay; Upt; Shallow Water; Jock-A-Mo; Hold 'Em Joe; All on a Mardi Gras Day; Tootie Ma; Li'l Liza Jane; Cha Wa Got Fiya.

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Article: Album Review

Cha Wa: Funk 'n' Feathers

Read "Funk 'n' Feathers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


"Party in a box" is an overused expression, of which yours truly is more guilty than most. But there's no better way to describe or explain the celebratory, communal and thoroughly excellent funky joy that radiates like the brilliant sun from Funk 'n' Feathers. Funk 'n' Feathers may be Cha Wa's debut release, but ...


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