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The horn-driven quintet Sway Machinery draws on a mélange of influences—from Latin jazz to Ashkenazi cantorial tropes—to forge a dance-friendly, at times ecstatic sound. The group, founded by the guitarist and singer Jeremiah Lockwood, the grandson of the esteemed cantor Jacob Konigsberg, sought to meld Lockwood’s Jewish musical roots with a wide-ranging interest in world music. --THE NEW YORKER, February 2013
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We spent January of 2010 in Mali, performing for an enthusiastic audience of thousands at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu! After the festival we spent ten days recording a new record, The House of Friendly Ghosts, in Bamako, collaborating with brilliant Malian musicians including Khaira Arby, Super 11, Vieux Farka Toure and Djelimady Tounkara! The product of this remarkable experience was our second LP, The House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1.
"The music of Timbuktu is so big; it can receive any other kind of music—all kinds of music. When Sway Machinery arrived, they came to me and said, “Khaira, we're going to play something and we want you to join in.” When they started playing at the festival, and everyone was there, I thought, “What am I going to sing what this music?" But when I sang, everyone was... "Wow!” So then they came to see me in Bamako and they invited me to come and record on their album. Everything went well. I'm not sure if you've heard their album. It's really good. I sang with them, and they also accompanied me on a song, that is the title song of my CD, “Tarab.” And really that went very well. One could say that they are musicians of the north now."
--Khaira Arby, as quoted in Afropop.org
"Koudede was followed by Sway Machinery’s own set. They were strong and energetic. They brought the audience into their groove within seconds. While Lockwood sang in Hebrew, the Muslim crowd respected the music and showed its appreciation by dancing along." --Afropop.org
"The Sway Machinery Pilgrimage, as they have entitled their Africa project, is a beautiful example for the world of the great role artists can play in building bridges of love and understanding between cultures. This project is of clear importance in establishing new and positive images of Jews and Muslims engaging with each other." --Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman, Cordoba Initiative
Our 2009 debut LP: HIDDEN MELODIES REVEALED.
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"Lockwood's arrangements of Jewish cantorial songs whip up a frenzy wherein all the world's music can do that which music does best: celebrate. Such joyful synthesis is what music is all about, not to mention what New York is all about." --Buzz Poole, The Village Voice
Veteran subway-performing Blues singer Jeremiah Lockwood teams up with an all-star cast of NY underground greats (musicians who have graced the records of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and Antibalas, to name a few) to summon voices from beneath the concrete streets. Calling upon the sounds of Malian guitars, Saharan beats, Afro-pop horns and the B-L-U-E-S, The Sway Machinery goes knocking at the gates of prayer with muscles swollen and eyes clenched.