"I have been caning this record since the year 2003 (as a demo), no exaggeration! It's been a Jump N Funk staple for well over a decade now. Love it...Happy to see it have a life on wax in 2017”
-RICH MEDINA ( Jump N Funk )
"Love it. See Line is strong!"
-GILLES PETERSON // BBC Radio 6 Music
The year was 2001. The attacks of 9/11 were fresh and shocked the world, George W. Bush was President of the United States and fear of World War III erupting was in the air as the President called to bomb Iraq, despite a world-wide opposition against his war agenda.
Across the water in Brooklyn, a fiyah was starting. This time of political unrest gave birth to a vibrant New York City Afrobeat scene that was bubbling throughout the boro! In comes Trombonist, Toli Nameless with a newly formed vision: an 8-piece Afrobeat group, comprised ENTIRELY of women, called The Femm Nameless. These ladies took to the streets armed with their weapons of choice - their instruments.
Led by Toli ( who recorded with Antibalas on their classic version of Willie Colon’s Che Che Colé ), The Femm Nameless picked up where the Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti left off, just after meeting Sandra Izsadore. They had a powerful and un-mistakable energy that could only come from a woman, or in this case, 8 women.
Unless you were in Brooklyn in 2003, you may have never heard of the Femm Nameless, let alone these three recordings that we are proud to bring to you today. Long defunct, the group disbanded after some active years of performing live and recording an incredible demo that never saw the light of day - until now.
We dug into the vaults, mastered and unearthed these jams from Toli & The Femm Nameless the proper way, on a heavy weight piece of 10” vinyl! The release includes a dance floor monster- a cover of Nina Simone’s See Line Woman, flipped upside down in fine Afro Beat fashion!
The ideas on the record were put together by Toli, along with Tom Brenneck ( of The Dapkings, The Budos Band and The Menahan Street Band ) and Ernesto Abreau ( of Antibalas ) . The record was recorded and engineered in East Flatbush, Brooklyn by Sydney Mills ( of Steel Pulse ).