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San Carlos, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

San Carlos, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band World Funk





...... San Francisco based Zanzibar blends the afro-beat genre with Latin beats. They play a mixture of percussion instruments, guitars, drums, saxophone and sometimes even flute. It is some of the coolest live dance music out right now. - Silicone Valley Metro

"CD REVIEW: Zanzibar - Zanzibar"

“Zanzibar is a 5 piece band from San Carlos, California that plays infectious dance grooves based on Latin, African, and world rhythms. All songs on their newest CD release, Zanzibar, were written by the band and are the kind of pulsing, organic, funky pieces that can only happen when a band finds its groove. Chris Robison plays guitar and percussion, Kerry Wing sings lead vocal as well as adding guitar and percussion. Eric Tabellion plays bass and adds back-up vocals and percussion. The drums are beaten by Tim Hilborn who also adds percussion, trumpet, and vocals. Ricardo Molina adds still more percussion and vocals while David Hipshman contributes tenor sax and flute.

This is truly an ensemble effort. The seamless poly-rhythms take center stage as the band hits a groove and works it. The first cut, Where Did You Go? is a Brazilian flavored dance song that is irresistable. Hilborn's trumpet seals the deal. Stuck With You, the second cut, is basic, old school "in the pocket" funk.

One of my favorite cuts on the CD is Tranquilite Africa. Based on west African rhythms, the lyrics call out for peace and an end to the genocidal wars that have afflicted that continent. But again, the groove takes center stage. It's difficult to sit still while listening, the propulsive beat throbs with a life of its own. Baila Conmigo will remind some of Santana with its latin beat. David Hipshman's sax soars over a funky mix of percussion, bass, and guitar. Another of my favorites is New Day. Another African based rhythm, this acoustic song features some tasty guitar work from Kerry Wing.

If you like world beats and good dance music, check out Zanzibar.”
- Don Sechelski


Still working on that hot first release.



Named after the spice island located off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar blends elements of Afro-Funk, Afro-Cuban and Latin influences into their music. With a heavy groove of East Bay Funk mixed in, their original compositions lend themselves well to live shows, getting everyone on their feet throughout the whole set. Zanzibar packs a punch into their tight performances and is perfect for music festivals and other high-energy dance venues. Staying true to its world influences, Zanzibar's music features lyrics in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Zanzibar brings a very refreshing, new sound to the musical landscape. The band's first official release features recording and production by multi Grammy nominated producer Greg Landau. Take a listen and enjoy!

Band Members