“A truly soulful experience” NY Times
“A marvelous mashup” Village Voice
Zion80 explores Jewish music – from Carlebach to Zorn and everything in between – through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof (Rashanim, Matisyahu), the 11-piece band arranges Jewish melodies using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat, blended with the madness of the Downtown scene. Madof’s most ambitious project to date, Zion80 is blazing hot and tight as a drum. Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century.
Zion80 has performed throughout the US and Europe at festivals and venues including Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow, Poland), Village Vanguard (NYC), Saalfelden Jazzfestival (Saalfelden, Austria), Aperitivo in Concerto (Milan, Italy), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Canada) and Washington DC Jewish Music Festival. Their latest full-length recording is Adramelech: Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels vol. 22 (Tzadik Records).