Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde @ Tinderbox
(November 12, 2012) On Sunday, the Tinderbox Music Festival 2012 featured a dazzling convergence of over 35 female-fronted acts on the three stages at Webster Hall in New York City. The 12-hour event headlined the eclectic sister group, CocoRosie, and underground hip hop sensation Jean Grae.
Tinderbox Music Festival was founded by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Alyson Greenfield, in 2010, to address a dire need for new spaces and events that “recognized the existence of a large community of female musicians and their fans.” These artists represent the spectrum of genres and peaks within the current landscape of alternative musics.
One of the groups performing on the Studio Stage was Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde. The Albany-based ensemble is headed by Nuyorican singer Taina Asili whose voice invokes the tangents of inner memory and cultural influences. The 5-member band’s fusion of Afro-Latin, Reggae, Rock Fusion and Flamenco opened windows to visual flights while their percussive charge invited joyful dance. Ms Asili’s repetoire included songs written in English, Spanish and African dialects, and was augmented, at one point, by a flamenco dance performance. The band closed their set with “War Cry” — off their album with the same name.
The festival donates all their proceeds to: the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education and activities; Girls Write Now, an organization providing guidance and opportunities for NYC’s underserved high school girls to develop their independent voices and explore careers in professional writing; and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, a program pairing songwriting mentors with NYC’s adolescent female songwriters to create, record, and perform original music. This year, festival organizers decided to include New York Cares‘ disaster relief fund — a volunteer-based organization, currently, servicing victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.