dam Gibbons has been producing and spinning events at home and abroad for over 20 years, from Cielo NYC to Club Bedroom in Lisbon, La Santanera in Mexico to Burning Man and Detroit Movement Festival. Through mind, body and soul, Gibbons is a music lover and strives to share his passion with the crowds he plays for. Representing Uhuru Afrika based in Boston and JunXion in NYC Adam plays dynamic and energetic sets often accompanied by live musicians like longtime collaborator Malian master percussionist Sidy Maiga. Gibbons has shared the stage with such heavyweights as Grammy Award winning artists Bebel Gilberto, Bill Laswell, Shiela E, Femi Kuti, Oumou Sangaré, and Louie Vega. As well as equally respected artists such as Thivery Corporation, Antibalas, Ron Trent, Black Coffee, Osunlade, King Britt, Nickodemus, LTJ Bukem and many others. Adam Gibbons has released original music and remixes on the labels OpenBar Music and MoBlack Records as well as forthcoming projects on Italian imprint Uncover Music and well respected Offering Records headed by Boddhi Satva.
His current project Uhuru Afrika is described as a “multi-sensory,” experience with a unique blend of deep, soulful, Afro- rooted House music often mixed with Afrobeat, Latin and underground classics. “Uhuru Afrika is a unique and powerful intersection of art and nightlife that challenges distinctions between the two.” –Boston Dig. The mission is to bridge ancient traditional African music (as played by the Yoruba, the Zulu, the Maasai) and the electronic dancefloor sounds of today. Navigated by Gibbons as Resident DJ and accompanied by Malian born master percussionist Sidy Maiga, Uhuru Afrika hosts artists from all over the world to perform or play at their events. Showcasing artists fromLA to London as well as various African countries including South Africa, Mali, Angola and Nigeria. Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Wunmi, Zepherin Saint, Zaki Ibrahim, Siji, Djeff Afrozila are a few of the many international artists who have joined Uhuru Afrika for performances.
Uhuru Afrika has participated in festivals and events locally, nationally and internationally including Mi Casa Holiday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Dance Parade NYC, WestCoast Weekender in CA, Crossroads Puerto Rican Pride fest at Cony Island; Afrika Nyaga Drum and Dance Festival in Rhode Island; Harvard University symposium on African Dance in the diaspora, to name a few.
Adam has also studied African Hand Percussion with Bob Bloom, Faculty Advisor at the Olatunji Institute, learning the Olatunji method of traditional Yoruba hand percussion and traditional Malian Manding style with Sidy Maiga. He has traveled to six African countries, gathering inspiration, and energy for the event and his musical selection.
His previous project, the monthly party Soul Revival, was Boston's longest running dance party and gained international recognition. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the ten best parties in America and wrote, "For the past ten years, spiritual-minded partiers have gathered every Saturday of the full moon at Villa Victoria, a former church, for this throwdown." URB Magazine, referred to it as one of the hottest parties in the nation for house music, and said that the party was "a direct link to the days of the Paradise Garage."
Rescue Poetix for 1200dreams: “The intensity reflected in his music is infectious, the energy in his selections is an extension of what starts off as simple, effective and bold.” Community minded, dance-driven and artistically oriented, Adam Gibbons packages great music and a social consciousness that is difficult to find anywhere else.