Federator N°1 is a 12 piece afrobeat, afro-dance band, and a key instigator in Boston's musical movements. The band is made up of professional musicians, Berklee College of Music Professors and Graduates, and brings a high-energy party to every show. Our goal is to bring together the people at the party in movement, be that party a wedding, a bar/bat mitzvah, birthday party, or just a good-ol fashioned family friendly dance party.
When you want uptempo afrobeat, reggae, afro-dance, soul, and other joyful music, call on Federator N°1.
Federator N°1's name is inspired by a piece about Fela Kuti. One of the guys who worked on Radio Shrine to further Fela's musical message spoke about their role at the Radio as the primary Federator of Afrobeat. In that vein, our role is to be the Federator of the first order of afrobeat and afro-centric dance music in Boston. The name also references Konono N° 1, and the fantastic work they are doing playing music that is at once both deeply traditional and unapologetically modern. Federator N° 1 follows that same line - playing music that is rooted in tradition while making the music speak to today's situation - culturally, politically, and musically.
Jonathan Gramling (Singer),
Lillian D'Mone (Singer),
Bob Pilkington (Trombone / Music Arranger),
Ryan Edwards (Drum Kit),
Faisal Aswat (Bass Guitar),
Steve Desrosiers (Guitar),
Dillon Zahner (Percussion),
Matt Jenson (Keyboard),
Clarissa Monet (Dancer),
Erich Ludwig (Aux. Percussion),
Yaure Muniz (Trumpet),
Stan Strickland (Tenor Sax)