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After meeting at University of North Texas and being led to internet stardom by the bassist Michael League since 2004, Snarky Puppy is a collective of varying size whose cosmopolitan gang includes members from the US, Canada, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Its cultural wealth goes into making feisty, cool and funky jazz fusion with high-flying soloists. This opulent hip-swaying music gets to work on your head and legs. Their orchestrations regularly create a luxury haven for guests such as Lalah Hathaway, David Crosby and the guitarist Charlie Hunter. "Xavi", the first track from the brand new album Immigrance , is a transcendental piece inspired by meeting Hamid El Kasri (sintir maestro) at the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira (Morocco). Following the release of 17, a quadruple vinyl with 17 tracks recorded live in 17 different cities, two years after championing the very Latin Culcha Vulcha (2016), the twelfth Pups studio album following the iconic Family Dinner 2 (2014), the collective got back together in the studio for Immigrance (2019). The record is more involved than its predecessor and celebrates multiculturalism to get the collective back on track. "The general idea is that everything flows, moves, and that we're all in a constant state of immigration."

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