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Enlightened Oberlin

by The Oberlin Gruffets

Brazil/Ohio hybrid funk reggae and punk
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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Oberlin, Ohio is a small college town, population 8,195, in northeast Ohio, generally surrounded by farmland and about 35 miles west of Cleveland. There is a liberal arts college there that turns out some of the finest creative minds in our culture, people with the drive and know-how to tweak the parameters of status-quo methodology.
Residing in this town is the unaffiliated songwriter/recording artist/musician Rip Smops. One time some college students took a trip out to Brazil, and brought back a Brazilian rock band, named Black Maria. One of these students knew Mr. Smops, and brought the band to his home/recording studio. Mindless jamming ensued, but a couple of the band guys came back later with the intention of writing and recording some actual songs.
"What should we write about?" They thought for a minute, and came up with the logical single topic they could find in common, Oberlin. A Brazilian-flavored funk tune about an Ohio college burst forth, followed by a song about the surrounding corn-growing township. The rest of the band went back to Brazil, but the keyboardist, Luciano Cordoni, lingered in Ohio long enough to complete this 4-song EP, before his visa expired and he was nearly deported.


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