MURUGA FREE FUNK

MURUGA FREE FUNK

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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The freedom of jazz and heart beat of funk, Free Funk combines the improvisation of jazz with dance/funk rhythms, sure to get a crowd dancing to the beat.

Biography


Band leader Muruga Booker's musical bio goes back to the late 1950's when he played with the Detroit instrumental rock group the Low Rocks. In the 60's Muruga continued as both a drum soloist as well being the drummer in many bands including playing with Tim Hardin at the Woodstock Festival in '68.

During 1970's Muruga recorded with the likes of Weather Report, Al Kooper, The Rainbow Band, as well as working on his own music.

The 80's brought Muruga together with George Clinton when he became a life time P-Funk member, and also with Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia for the recording of the Grammy-nominated "Blues for the Rain Forest" which Muruga co-wrote with Merl Saunders.

More recently, Chesky Records released "Circle of Drums" featuring Baba Olatunji, Muruga, and Sikiru, and Qbico Records has released three LP's featuring Muruga the first of which "Free Funk" marked the first release by Free Funk and the latest "Bubble Waves" by the Muruga & Perry Robinson Dyad.

Free Funk was formed by Muruga in 2004 and includes Muruga, Shakti, Richard Smith, Ken Kozora, and Richie Shakin' Nagan. Living up to their name, the group offers an exciting and eclectic, funky sound with emphasis on musical freedom: the freedom of jazz and the heartbeat of funk. Depending on schedule and budget, they may be accompanied by guest artists, listed below.

Since Free Funk formed they have played many venues and festivals through the mid-west including opening for George Clinton and P-Funk in Columbus (Feb. 2008) and playing opposite the P-Funk & Mickey Hart at the Rhythmfest festival at Nelson Ledges in Ohio.

Lyrics

Swamp Dog Zero Time

Written By: Muruga Booker

"Ages and ages ago, there was a lost funky swamp dog tribe. Then came the teacher of the way to the uncreated light, revealing the stillness of Zero time, in the eye of the heart, transforming their funk into free funk, cosmic love and unity. Now all Free Funk Swamp Dog Tribes know the Life and Light in the night of the world and will never be lost again."

Discography


Free Funk:

Free Funk - OrthoFunkOlogy - 2008 Musart Records
Free Funk - Free Funk LP - 2005 Qbico Records

Select Muruga Discography:

Muruga & Perry Robinson Dyad - Bubble Waves - 2008 Qbico Records
The Global Village Ceremonial Band - Self Titled LP - 2007 Qbico Records
Babatunde Olatunji - Circle of Drums - 2005 Chesky Records
The Global Village Ceremonial Band – One Global Village – 2003 Musart Records
Weather Report - Best of Weather Report - 2002 Sony Records
Merl Saunders - With His Funky Friends Live – 1998 Sumertone Records
Merl Saunders with Jerry Garcia - Blues for the Rain Forest - 1990 Sumertone Records
George Clinton - Computer Games - 1982 Capitol Records
Funkadelic - The Electric Spanking of War Babies - 1981 Priority Records
Al Kooper - Naked Songs – 1973 Columbia Records

Full Muruga Discography:

http://murugabooker.com/discography.html

Set List

Free Funk plays mostly original tunes of both Free Funk and some of the individual band members including songs from the Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia/Muruga recording "Blues from the Rain Forest". They also selectively plays covers in a creative way including P-Funk & Baba Olatunji songs, and even on a rare occasion Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" which they recorded on the Free Funk Qbico LP.