What they say…
“Portentous and explosive German funk band!”
Kiko Helguera (Sonideros – Radio 3 Spain)
This nine-piece band from Germany knows that you cannot fake the funk. You need to keep the groove on the move. As with all things funky, it is about a continuous trip on an instinctive path that never leads to the final destination. Just like in real life: you got to keep moving!
Diazpora was formed in Hamburg in 2002. The brass section features a line-up including some of the coolest faces on the North German scene. Trumpet player Hans-Christian Stephan has been a member of Diazpora since day one, and has already worked with Gregory Porter, Hamburg’s rising young soul voice Miu and plays with hip Hamburg techno marching band Meute. On baritone saxophone and flute is Jonathan Krause, who plays with the wonderful PiazuTrio and is an integral part of the local orchestra world. Alexander “Kimo” Eiserbeck (alto saxophone) wraps up this unstoppable set-up with his unmatched stage presence and the experience of playing with local heroes like Smith & Johnson and Uebertribe as well as being a requested studio musician.
Lucas Kochbeck (drums) and David Nesselhauf (bass) are the masterful team that supplied the foundation of the Diazpora operation. Drummer for artists like The Kiez or Carmen Brown, Lucas Kochbeck also produced the acclaimed Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band album “55” (on Truth & Soul Records) and sometimes joins the The Mighty Mocambos on stage. David Nesselhauf is a well-travelled bass player with a long history of solo releases and recently put out his new album “Afrokraut“. Percussionist Thomas Neitzel ranks among the founder members of Diazpora and played on all releases. Guitarist Legbo’s style is unmistakable, like Christoph Hinrichsen (keyboards) he is a dedicated live performer and also plays in Uebertribe.
With their upcoming new album “Islands”, the Diazpora collective also introduce a new member to their team. After working with various vocalists over the years, the band has found a stable soul mate in singer Axel Feige, guitarist and singer in his own band Absolem Max as well. Already known for their super-raw live shows where they seamlessly integrate elements of jazz, afrofunk and rock into their furious blend of nu-school funk, with their latest musical offering Diazpora are set to take their sound to the most discerning ears and feet worldwide!