Read this article because it highlights some of the best Funk musicians active today. Get a Spotify playlist with many of the dopest Funk songs of 2016, and some older favorites. Watch a couple of potent performances from three of the hottest acts on today’s Funk music concert scene…
See Kung Fu featuring Nigel Hall play a cool cover of “Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder at Aura Music Festival…
These bands Came To Make It Funky for us…
Listen to & follow this funky Spotify playlist.
Electrifying, Exciting New Funk Songs
Get Your Mojo Workin’
Funk Bringin’ Us Together
A Soul Music Icon’s Funkiest Song Ever
Crushing The Funk
Givin’ The Funk Up For God
Makin’ The World Better (With Funk & Soul)
Rising Star On The Soul Scene
Funk Guitar Superstar
Throwback Soul, Modern Appeal
Their 2015 self-titled debut features several vocal tracks that are a throwback to a more soulful time, yet these guys play irresistible music that’s 100% modern & original (never cliche). The Hammond organ sound drives “Don’t Make Me Wait,” a moving, modern Soul song as good as 60s Soul classics. The Dip also gets on the 2017 Best Funk Songs list.
The Tightest Funk Band & Sexiest Singer
Funk & Soul Saving The World From Mediocrity
Get Up Get Down, Shake That Booty All Around
Listen to another funky fire starter from Colemine Records — the 2016 45 by AJ & The Jiggawatts — “It Is What It Is / Party Music”…
Get Down With Your Bad Self
Groovy, 60s Style Soul With A Modern Edge
Reggae-fied Funky Grooves
Listen to “Walk Right, Talk Right” from their excellent 2016 album, Make It Better. It’s a modern, funky tune from a great record that shows how well these guys mix up their influences to create unique, new genre-defying music. This fantastic song features far-out Dub stylings, dope wah-wah work on guitar, and laid-back (yet peppy) horn parts.
Intoxicating New Orleans Funk
Then, listen to one from Corey Henry’s Lapeitah, one of the best albums of 2016. “Get Funky” is stimulating New Orleans Funk at its finest. One of the year’s best party songs, it’ll get that Funk up in your life!
I can’t talk about New Orleans Funk with out including a funky brass band song. March yourself around to “Keepin’ It Funky” by The Hot 8 Brass Band.
Check out a trippy video from Tru Thoughts Records & The Hot 8 Brass Band — a tribute to the joyous spirit of community and musical celebration running through the legendary New Orleans street parades — for their rockin’ song “Working Together” the flip side to this 2016 single…
Scorching Instrumental Funk
Dance Floor Funk At Its Finest
Rocky Mountain High Funk
Spiritual Warrior For The Funk
Black Belts Of Primetime Funk
Grinding Up The Dance Floor
The Funky Netherlands
Puerto Rican Power! Sabroso Latin Funk
Bosq camped out in the middle of Old San Juan and greeted a cast of visiting musicians, including the legendary Tempo Alomar, as well as my favorite Fania Allstar, Roberto Roena. Read the fascinating tale here.
In this playlist, you’ll hear “Aquarembe,” a smoking, modern-sounding Latin Funk jam with Ray Lugo and Roberto Roena. It’s all high-energy, feel-good tropical music to heat you up anytime!
Fabulous French Funk
“Feeling You,” which you can listen to here, is a rework of a Grant Phabao production with Californian songstress Afrodyete (from The Breakestra). The original Afrobeat tune is gone, replaced by a thrilling clavinet & clavioline-led Funk piece, giving it a Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” feel.
Vaudou Game picks up in 2016 where their dope debut, Apiafo, left off — with high-energy, funky African music that brilliantly bridges traditional and modern music from Africa. Their 2016 album, Kidayu, is even funkier!
This impressive French Funk band, led by Peter Solo from Togo, is clearly influenced by James Brown on this one. Heavy rhythms, funky guitar playing, electrifying organ, and horny horns propel their Afro-Funk groove. I can’t understand a thing they say, but the lyrics don’t matter because you feel the voodoo spirits when Peter Solo gets into it with his stirring stage presence, and shows what a phenomenal front man & brilliant band leader he is.
Click here to learn more about them and get it on vinyl. In the meantime, listen to Kidayu on Spotify. Then, read this interview with lead singer, Peter Solo, from AfroPop Worldwide to learn how they make their impressive Voodoo Funk.
“La Vie C’est Bon” is one of the coolest songs I’ve heard in 2016! And, I can’t understand anything except, “life Is Good”! Listen to it in this Spotify playlist and you’ll have the catchy French chorus stuck in your head in the most joyful way 😉
Check out the official video for “I Believe in Love” by Polyrhythmics (featuring Lucky Brown). It’s a scorching Funk song, and not available on Spotify, just 45 rpm on WestSound Records…
Wanna see what else is new in the world of Funk? Click here to listen to the best instrumental Funk songs of 2016.