Zion80 played at the Stone on July 30, just like we do every Monday. But this Monday was just a bit special – we were joined by the master Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. And that’s not all – straight off a plane from Europe and on their way to a gig at Lincoln Center, three members of the amazing Israeli band Yemen Blues joined us for an electrifying Jewish Brazilian Yemeni Afrobeat mashup! Oh, and the place was packed. Oh, and we recorded it! Very special thanks to Audio Engineer Scott Friedlander.
We’re VERY EXCITED to announce that the great Cyro Baptista will be joining Zion80 at our regular Monday night concert at The Stone on July 30. It promises to be a night of Jewish Brazilian Afrobeat Madness! Click here for show info »
Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.
The wide range of artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with include: David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo-Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana and Sting. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.