Muruga Booker & the Cosmic HoeDown Band is the latest project by Detroit-based drummer and percussionist Muruga Booker. After 54 years of his music career, Muruga wanted to fuse his many styles of music into one that would resonate with his spiritual and musical interests, and communicate his musical roots; a Music that would have the cosmic freedom of jazz and the rhythmical heart-beat of Funk, and combine his Serbian heritage, African, Eastern Nada Yoga, and shamanic influences with country blues, rock, funk and his world music roots. He wanted to maintain his cosmic approach and still get down and boogie. He wanted a party music of the American hoedown that brought people together to jam, trance and dance.
The result is a psychedelic world-music band that really brings the FUNK! It features personnel from such past projects as Merl Saunders & The Rainforest Band, the P-Funk All-Stars and the Global Village Ceremonial Band. Their play-list spans four decades, with plenty of true jam-band action.
Drummer Muruga Booker (who hs played and/or recorded with Weather Report, Babatunde Olatunji, Sikiru Adepoju, Merle Saunders & Jerry Garcia, Allen Ginsburg with Bob Dylan, George Clinton and many others), vocalist Shakti, and Parliament-Funkadelic member Tony "Strat" Thomas, who adds the rock and original funk and country hoedown flavor on guitar. Founder of the P-Funk Mob and co-founder of the P-Funk Outlawz, Tony has toured with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Eddie Hazel, Bobby Womack, Muruga Booker, and recorded and shared stage with artists ranging from Sly Stone, Kid Rock, Todd Rundgren, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wayne Shorter and many more. The band also features two bass players, with Benjamin Piner on tenor bass, playing free funk around the groove of Douglas Weaver on bass, and veteran Global Villager Ralph Koziarski rocks the saxophone, new age flutes, and hoedowns the wash board and percussion.
The Cosmic Hoedown Band are currently at work on their debut record which will feature a guest appearance by Dr. Funkenstein himself - GEORGE CLINTON.