Native Vibe can best be described as a high energy, eclectic instrumental music group that blends Latin, African, Caribbean, Funk, Rock and Jazz styles. This unique band features soulful guitar melodies, intricate keyboard textures and is always percussion and drum driven. The Native Vibe crew will take you to exciting heights of intense jamming, then finesse you back down with seductive melodies and mood enhancing interludes. In the course of one concert you may hear the influences of salsa, cha cha cha, soukous, highlife, reggae, contemporary jazz and rock. The concept for this band originated in 1987 in San Diego, Ca by band leader Bill Macpherson. Bill was doing a Master's program at SDSU after graduating from the esteemed Berklee College of Music. He had been raised in the Congo by medical missionary parents and had been blessed to hear many African music styles there. As he began to form and compose for this band it was a natural extension to incorporate many world music influences. Personnel-wise Native Vibe has drawn from top musicians from the USA, France, Brazil, Venezuela, England, Mexico, Ghana, Benin, South Africa, Denmark and Camaroon. These musicians have contributed on both the recordings and live shows and the band has always sought to democratically reflect their individual talents. Bill recorded three solo CDs before arriving at the name Native Vibe with his then and long standing music partner Nee Sackey from Ghana, West Africa. They then released three more CDs, Medicinal Purposes, Spirits and Mirage as Native Vibe. All three CDs received critical acclaim and national airplay. The current CD being recorded now is all Latin with salsa, meningue, cha cha cha and latin rock flavors. This project is inspired by Bill's many adventures in Costa Rica as a surfer and musician and is titled Luna de Nosara in honor of the village he stays in. Native Vibe is comfortable on a big festival stage or equally in a club or corporate setting. They typically perform as a six piece group configured as guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and two percussionists. This world is an amazing place and I am consistently in awe of what I see. Whoever designed it is unbelievably creative and I have the pleasure of exploring it. Besides growing up in the Congo, living in Belguim before that, travelling all over Europe as a kid and a number of visits to other African countries I try to get to Mexico frequently and have roamed all over California and the Western states up to Alaska. I've been to the Hawaiian islands many many times and now have Costa Rica as a second home. I see so much natural beauty in these places and enjoy the diversity of different peoples and their culture and that feeds my soul and my music. So those of you that know me know I've got more travelling up my sleeve and I've been fortunate that I can often get gigs here and there which helps pay for some of my adventures. More stories to come.
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