Good Future

by EMEFE

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Recorded at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, Good Future features nine original and hard-hitting tracks, with guest vocal appearances by Chico Mann and Gabriel Garzon-Montano. Good Future is a powerful statement by a powerful band—it is a refreshing and energetic mixture of afrobeat, funk, soul and rock, all fused together to form the irresistible EMEFE sound. The music sounds like a band that is excited and ready to make listeners forget their worries and dance. After listening to all 9 tracks, through every horn solo, every group chant and every drum breakdown, you can't deny that EMEFE exists to bring a Good Future to everybody within earshot.

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released 06 July 2012
Produced by Miles Arntzen and Dan Knobler
www.emefemusic.com

Miles Arntzen: drums, percussion
Jas Walton: tenor saxophone
Christian Anderson: baritone saxophone
Ray Mason: trombone
Michael Fatum: trumpet
Jake Pinto: Hammond organ, Farfisa, Wurlitzer
Deen Anbar: guitar
Davy Levitan: guitar
Doug Berns: bass
Javier Ramos: congas, percussion

Lead trumpet on tracks 1 and 2, additional tpt on tracks 4, 9: Billy Aukstik
Vocals on track 3: Chico Mann, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Luna
Garzón-Montano, EMEFE
Vocals on track 4: Phoebe Ryan, Jon Seale, EMEFE
Vocals on track 5: Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Le'Asha Julius, Luna
Garzon-Montano, George Ross, EMEFE
Jawbone/ancient Pakistani bell on track 5: Dan Knobler
Pure Evil on track 5: CZ1000
Additional keys (Casiotone, Hammond organ), sogo drum, shekere,
guitars on track 6 part 1: Miles Arntzen
Vocals on track 8: Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Le'Asha Julius, Luna Garzón-Montano, George Ross, EMEFE

Tracks 2, 5, 7, 9 written by Miles Arntzen (smilesahead music, ASCAP)
Tracks 1, 4, 6 written by Miles Arntzen & Jas Walton (Boogie Mo Music, ASCAP)
Track 3 written by Miles Arntzen, Jas Walton & Marcos Garcia (Emma Lulu Music, BMI)
Track 8 written by Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Miles Arntzen & Jas Walton
Track 4 contains words from an Ewe traditional song entitled "Ewo na do do"

All songs performed by EMEFE
Produced by Miles Arntzen & Dan Knobler
Recorded and mixed by Dan Knobler at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY (masonjarmusic.com)
Assistant engineer: Phoebe Holiday Ryan
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC
Original album artwork: Nick Kokkinis
All songs copyright 2012

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EMEFE New York

EMEFE has only one intention: to play music that frees everybody in the audience & everybody listening at home. The group plays its own mix of afrobeat music as created by the late Fela Kuti, mixed with the funk of Sly Stone and jazz and hip hop influences, all with a rock and roll edge. EMEFE consists of 4 horns, 2 guitars, bass, drums, keyboard, shekere and congas. EMEFE means Music Frees All. ... more

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Track Name: Lucecita (feat. Chico Mann)
Llevo 'na lucecita pa' ti
Traigo 'na lucecita pa' ti
Tengo 'na lucecita pa' ti
Track Name: Good Future
Pan, pan, pan, o
Pan, pan, pan, keteke la kumie
Track Name: BBB (feat. Gabriel Garzon-Montano)
"BBB"
Written by Miles Arntzen
Performed by EMEFE

Well-o well-o (well well)
Well-o well-o (well well-o)
Man is born (well well)
For a reason (well well-o)
He finds his calling (well well)
And he won't go quit (well well-o)

Well-o well-o (well well)
Well-o well-o (well well-o)
No matter the price (well well)
No matter the material (well well-o)
No matter the worth (well well)
For him there's no other way

Chorus:
Sink your teeth in (in-e-in)
Bring them out (out-e-out)
Pride yourself (all around)
Laughing all the way (ha ha ha ha)

Well-o well-o (well well)
Well-o well-o (well well-o)
Take your craft (well well)
Let it lead the way (well well-o)
The people they see (well well)
They see there's no other way

repeat Chorus
Track Name: Greed (feat. Gabriel Garzon-Montano)
"Greed"
Written by Miles Arntzen/Gabriel Garzon-Montano/Jas Walton
Performed by EMEFE

Sometimes I got to look up and thank the sky
Cuz it just might be the last time
Oh my, I've been giving up the funk for just a few years now
Enough to make it cool if I die

And sometimes, I think about growing old
Without ever having made this thing mine
Bump that, I'ma get it on while these bones are fit to grind
We all got a good thing to give a try

Chorus:
Feelin right!
The air is so thick all the beautiful people get
High tonight!
Dig ya feet into the ground and make a sound,
Ahhhh!
This ain't the time for being polite, don't think twice.
If ya feeling uptight, just do your own thing, and you'll see your might

Sometimes we like to ask the questions why
If anything to suit our minds
Oh my, I've been making up all kinds of answer for these years now
None of them really that fly
And all day, every day playing my role
A beautiful game by design
Play on, got to vibrate while these bones are fit to grind
We all got a good thing to give a try

(repeat Chorus)

Take it slow
(Gimme all the time, can't ya see I'm tryina get higher)

(repeat Chorus)

Gimme more,
Gimme all the time,
Can't ya see I'm tryina get higher
Gimme these wings I take flight
Hands up to the sky!