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Amsterdam Afrobeat Collective Jungle by Night Play Rough Trade NYC

July 9th, 2015

Jungle by Night—Pieter van Exter (tenor sax), Ko Zandvliet (trombone), Bo Floor (trumpet), Jac van Exter (guitar), Pyke Pasman (keys), Peter Peskens (bass), Sonny Groeneveld (drums), Tienson Smeets (djembe) and Gino Groeneveld (congas)—began as an instrumental collective making their own funky brand of Afrobeat. But on their most recent release, last year’s The Hunt (stream it below), the exuberant Amsterdam nine-piece embraced bits of hip-hop and psychedelic EDM. Having opened for the likes of John Legend, the Roots and Mayer Hawthorne, Jungle by Night (above, doing “Piranha”), a group of friends and relatives, know how to work a crowd. They’re preparing to head back to Europe next week, but you won’t need to book a flight to see them on Saturday night at Rough Trade NYC. The Love Supreme and Desert Stars open the show.