nightshade_finalversion October 4, 2019

The album Nightshade is finally here! And right in time for October, Samhain (Halloween), Day of the Dead, the fall equinox and daylight savings! I named this album Nightshade because it is a bit like the "darker side" of ZapOte which is such a party band! This body of work is a little more heady (and heavy) and a long time in the making, and so I felt it deserved an apt description. The album explores the concept of darkness in all of its manifestations: seasonal darkness, death of a relationship or person, emotional darkness as well as the dream state or other altered states. The songs themselves are tied together in these themes, for example, "Puriya Makuta" is an evening raga (darkness!) from the Hindustani classical music tradition set to a reggae/Afro-Cuban rhythmic pattern.

"Oya de Zarija" fuses old-world female iconography from my Slavic side (Zarija which means "Dawn" morning star, Aurora!) with the Oya deity from the Yoruba tradition from modern day Nigeria, who is the deity of the wind, storms, marketplace and the gatekeeper of the cemetery.

One of the songs "Chi Chi's Afrobeat" is an homage to Chi Chi Egbuna who passed away suddenly in 2014, leaving a Brooklyn community in shock. And still, "Zim ta tim" is a train of thought poem that illustrates some of my own waking dream states. So.. this album is a bit like "In Through the Out Door" in that it looks at the unspoken, the "behind the scenes" of the party, where secrets are stuffed and never spoke of again.

In my journey exploring the world of music, I have learned so much from the cultures whose music I have played. One of the things I have learned from studying music of the African diaspora is the importance of acknowledging and venerating ones' ancestors. It is with this knowledge that I have delved into and researched my own ancestral past. What I have found through my Slovenian/Southern (US) roots are untold stories, a lot of secrets and un-speakable truths, grit and struggle. So it makes me appreciate even more what my ancestors and parents and those who came before me did and had to do. So this season, I honor them and life in general by putting out this album!!

There are several events coming up that will be part of this commemorating and honoring and acknowledging of the season and I am sharing them with you here. Also if you would like an Apple Music Pre-Order of the album find it here!! If you would like a physical copy of the album PLEASE email me back, as there are VERY FEW COPIES. I am selling them for $20 each plus postage. I will hand mail it to you myself. Just let me know.

So with all of that, it is appropriate to say I am COMING HOME for the first leg of this release tour. So if in fact you are in Virginia please come on down. Details are as follows:

Season Kickoff with Carnaval in Brooklyn @Barbes!
Dawn Drake & ZapOte Batucada
Thursday, October 17th @ Barbes
with HONK NYC. 8 pm featuring Extra Syrup Horns, Underground Horns and others!
376 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
$10 suggested donation
(347) 422-0248

Friday, October 25, 7 pm-10 pm
Dawn Drake & ZapOte @
Sweet Nola's
688 N Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-6652
Reservations recommended!!

Dawn Drake & ZapOte double bill with La Marvela
Saturday, October 26th, 7:30 pm
Bossa Bistro
2463 18th St NW 20009
Washington, DC
Get Tickets Here
Cover: $10 at door
(202) 667-0088

Dawn Drake & ZapOte
Monday, October 28, 11 am and 2 pm
Outreach concert /Multi-cultural musical appreciation and Global Rhythm Program
Powhatan School
49 Powhatan Ln
Boyce, Virginia 22620
(540) 837-1009

Dawn Drake & ZapOte
Nightshade Album Release Concert
Friday, November 8th, 10 pm
Club Bonafide
212 East 52nd St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
(646) 918-6189
Get Tickets Here
Lynn Ligammari, Jackie Coleman, Paula Winter, Beza Gebre, Karen Joseph, Patrick Hall, Eliane Amherd, Mara Rosenbloom and Dawn Drake.
Get your tickets now as seating will be limited!

Later on in the season, I have a few more dates:

November 18, 11 pm
Dawn Drake & ZapOte @
81 South 6th St
Brooklyn, NY
Rhythm Section Sundays

December 14, 10 pm to midnight
Dawn Drake & ZapOte @
Shrine World Music
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY

I hope to see you at one of these shows!!

A lot is in the works on my end even AFTER the album is released!! As soon as the album release is over, I will be working on a music video series that will accompany some of the songs on the album. I am so excited!!

The theme of the music video series is Empowerment through music!! So many of my songs are autobiographical, and they present challenges I have faced and resolved or am continuing to resolve. They speak to some of the modern day issues that women face in terms of heightened expectations in family/career balance, modern technological communication, relationships, loneliness, disappointment and HUMOR!!

The videos will offer solutions in the form of female collaboration, friendship and working together. Some of the imagery will draw upon powerful universal female icons such as Kali, Oya, Ishtar and Zarija, all of whom are spiritual figures known as leaders, warriors, gatekeepers and sorcerers who align with the forces of nature where they are from.

I am so looking forward to merging some of my ideas in this multi-media project. Please join me on the journey and if you would like to donate to the making of this project we are accepting tax deductible donations here at our fiscal sponsorship site, at Paypal to email and at Venmo @Dawn-Drake-2.

Thanks as always for your support of live and original music, independent artists and female fronted bands. We love you!


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