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No Comments 08 May 2012


Like mysterious, oceanic breezes blowing across the desert, HAMSA LILA is emerging for a rare, potent mini Northwest tour of special hand-picked rooms and dates. The group will be digging deeper than ever, down into its ancient trance funk roots, the origins of their musical influences. Plumbing far into spiritual realms, Hamsa Lila will be taking audiences on a journey to new worlds via ancient rhythms and timeless chants, while rolling out its very unique brand of deep and extended ‘healing music’ grooves, sure to leave everyone hot, sweaty, and smiling.

Starting off the tour with a double-header in Portland, the band will be highlighting a couple of music festivals nestled amid lush forests and lakes, then blessing up the greater Bay Area with two smaller club dates, before launching into its Grand Finale at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

We highly suggest grabbing tickets for the club dates early, before word hits the street! These are strictly limited capacity rooms!

For those joining us for both nights in Portland there is a limited number of deep discounted tickets for you!!! click http://bit.ly/IdUb9F

Stay tuned for soon-to-come updates!


TWO NIGHTS in Portland – bumping tour kickoff!
July 17 & 18 / Tue & Wed
Portland, Oregon • Mt. Tabor Theater
Tickets $18/$22 & just $26! for limited # for both nights
Tix avail online: http://bit.ly/IdUb9F
Doors: 8:30pm Show 9:15pm

July 19 -22 / Thur – Sun (exact showtime TBA)
String Cheese Incident’s Summer Camp at Hornings Hideout, Oregon
This is an amazing historical festival String Cheese Incident puts on that Hamsa Lila has played several times, including the very first one. If you have tix already we’ll see you there! If not, there are 2 shows in Portland for you to come to!

July 22 / Sunday
Mystic Garden Festival • Selmac Lake, Oregon
Festival Tickets: $90-$110
Tix avail online – USE OUR SPECIAL HAMSA LINK AND GET $10 OFF>>>http://mysticgarden.inticketing.com/evinfo.php?eventid=197973&discount=HAMSA
These beautiful festival grounds are host to this super good times musical celebration from
Thur – Mon, with other acts such as Dehli2Dublin, Rupah and the April Fishes, Chris Berry, Gaudi, Cheb i Sabbah and many more.

July 26 / Thur
Sebastapol, California • HopMonk
Tickets $16/$20
Tix avail online: http://bit.ly/JfGHbI
Doors: 9pm Show 9:45pm

July 27 / Fri
Santa Cruz, California • Moe’s Alley
Tickets $16/$20
Tix avail online: http://bit.ly/I0aZz9
Doors: 8pm Show 9pm


July 28 / Saturday

San Francisco, California • Great American Music Hall

Tickets $20/$25
Tix avail online: http://bit.ly/I24dfT
Doors: 8pm Show 9pm


ORIGINS 2012, sponsored by NUTIVA Organic Superfoods, a company deeply involved in educating the public about the current GMO labeling issue. The tour will feature LIVE DUB MIXING by talented producer and slamming bassist YOSSI FINE, as well as guest Yoruba vocalist WUNMI (London/NYC), and drummer BILLY SHOES JOHNSON (Santana, MC Hammer).

Digging down into their traditional and cultural origins. the band will also be bringing in to their sets a fresh sound, utilizing the talented YOSSI FINE for Live Dub Mixing on the tour. A bass virtuoso (playing with legends like DAVID BOWIE & LOU REED), Yossi also is an accomplished producer who recently did an album with Mali guitarist VIEUX FARKE TOURE, son of legendary ALI FARKE TOURE. Yossi defined the band’s sound, producing HAMSA LILA’s first studio album GATHERING ONE, which went to the top of both the CMJ national chart and Canada’s Chart Attack World Music categories in 2005. HAMSA LILA’s music broke new ground, using a plethora of traditional instruments like the Moroccan bass-like sintir, the harp-like kamel ngoni from Mail, and the gangan, a Yoruba talking drum (to name just a few) along with hypnotic drum grooves, infectious vocal melodies and traditionally-based songs and chants in a modern format, accented with dub effects and electronic tweaks.

HAMSA LILA, known for its marathon trance-inducing sets, is excited to be working with their featured guest vocalist WUNMI, a Yoruba singer based in London and NYC, who is likened to “a female FELA KUTI” and also appeared on the Fela tribute album “RED HOT & RIOT.”

The ORIGINS 2012 TOUR and line up highlights the band’s full embrace of roots music. The resonance of the sintir, the guimbri (a N. African skinned lute), kamel ngoni, and organic percussion, woven with polyrhythmic grooves, creates an aural tapestry at the core of the HAMSA LILA signature sound. With the deep love for bass in modern music, HAMSA LILA brings forward the origins of bass in the three aforementioned stringed instruments, giving people a sense of the ancient – yet in a contemporary context: one that can also be termed as ‘trance’ music, but not in the electronic genre sense of the word. HAMSA LILA is connected directly to the original trance traditions found throughout the African diaspora, often associated with healing practices and spiritual ceremonies.
“At our shows, everyone – the band included – gets to fully experience the original meaning of the word ‘trance,’ says core band member MJ Greenmountain. “There’s a definite sense of being somehow transformed through the music. It’s a mystery even to us.”

Watch 4hrs of Live Hamsa improv!


Watch 4hrs of Live Hamsa improv!

No Comments 15 April 2012

Hamsa Lila was hired to play this amazing packed club for a private party.  Our great host House and Garden knew us from all night epic shows at Burning Man and asked us if we would improv for 4+ hours!!! and we happily said F$%^ YEH!!! Thats what we love and so rarely get to do…it goes straight back to the roots ceremonies in Africa where we are inspired by! There are many many guests here…. I will try to get everyones names and list them here soon.  But man if you have some time cruise through these….We only recently discovered that this was even video taped and that someone posted it on You Tube!  As I listen while posting this I am digging where these jams journeyed to.  The magic of improvisation and extended play allows us to travel to places perhaps that can only be found through these means….what do u think???

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