United Vibrations have arrived. Born from Inner Space, we are on a journey of cosmic proportions.
Music is our vessel. A sound forged from diversity. We are united in voice and rhythm.
Our sound is Cyclic. Any linear perceptions of 'genre' or 'style' do it no justice.
For pragmatic reasons, we call it 12Tone.
Our current location is London, England. It is here that we have been inspired by the beats and harmonies of the world. We are the product of a cultural fusion, which knows no boundaries - only possibilities. Echoes of our ancestors can be heard if you listen closely. We are the continuation of an aural tradition, which goes way back beyond recorded history.
Cosmodelic Afro-Punk, Mulatto music, whatever you want to call it - it is HERE and it is NOW!
United Vibrations are: Ahmad Dayes (Trombone & Vocals), Wayne Francis (Saxophone & Vocals), Yussef Dayes (Drums & Vocals), Kareem Dayes (Bass & Vocals) and YOU (Participant, Listener, Observer and Creator).
Inspired by Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and other great musicians, we have sought ways to make the music we make a part of a greater movement. In doing so we have founded the 12 Tone Community Interest Company. This is a record label which donates all its profits to building Zero Waste, Energy Plus, Carbon Negative social housing, re-connecting urban people with the land and the natural processes which sustain us all.
Current Earth Name: Ahmad Dayes
Mayan Sign: Yellow Self-existing Sun
Spirit Guide: Horus
Purpose: Facilitate the higher communication. Evolve
Mantras: 'Anything is possible.' - 'There's only here and now.'
Current Earth Name: Kareem Kahlil Dayes
Mayan Sign: White Cosmic Mirror
Spirit Guide: Kalki
Purpose: Unifier of the Opposites
Mantras: 'I Know Who I Am' - 'I Am I Am I Am' - 'I and I' – 'Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh'
Current Earth Name: Yussef Dayes
Mayan Sign: White Solar Mirror
Spirit Guide: Shango
Purpose: The pulse of the vessel
Mantras: 'I wish I knew' – 'As one, we're free.'
Current Earth Name: Wayne Francis II
Mayan Sign: Red Galactic Earth
Spirit Guide: Kumara
Mantras: 'Precision, Dedication, Persistence'
Known Mythology: I have come from a time before birth, where I inherited my destiny. I exist on earth to fulfil this task.
Deep down in darkest Deptford, South London, United Vibrations are readying their debut album. Amalgamating a wealth of influences, the record is et to seal their promise as one of the most exciting bands in the UK today...Blending mastery of their respective instruments with their hypnotic chants. UV offer far more than many comparative acts. Able to work as an impeccably well-layered ensemble. - Ben Verghese – SHOOK! Magazine
United Vibrations honed their sound playing to all and sundry on the streets of south London. Their long-incubated album is a success they are eager to build on – in more ways than one. The practice has paid off. UV release their first album, ‘Galaxies Not Ghettos’...After eight years the band agree they have finally found their voice. And a unique voice it is. Their success is underpinned by a community ‘self-build’ scheme undertaken by the brothers’ parents more than 20 years ago. - Helena Drakakis – The Big Issue
...the best group I’ve seen in this country since . . . ever. United Vibrations are genuinely the most important band to come out of the UK since the big rock bands of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.” - Daniel Crosby – Jazz Reloaded
"Massively in demand as a live band for a long time now, and with their long awaited debut album, ‘Galaxies Not Ghettos’, causing reviewers to fall over each other to eagerly sing their praise, United Vibrations’ afro-beat-in-a-punk-style musicianship and poetry-come-philosophy lyrics seem to strike a cord with people from all walks of life, regardless of backgrounds.
It is the commentaries presented in the band’s lyrics, the incredible insight of the word-craft, which you’ll find rolling around your head for weeks to come."
We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that made it down on Saturday. Was wonderful to share the new sounds with you all.
Bigs up to The Energy, Hyperpotamus & KMT for there amazing music. And to Wormfood! London for making the night happen.
Photo curtesy of Lizabel Stella
Super excited for our gig next week on the 15th at Rich Mix London. Glad to announce the wonderful sounds of The Energy have been added to the lineup alongside Hyperpotamus and KMT.
Hope to see some of you there!
Tickets available at the link
Really excited to be heading out to Rotterdam tomorrow to perform at Numoon Space Is The Place festival. We'll be playing tomorrow and Saturday night alongside some amazing bands. Cannot wait to hear the sounds of Sons of kemet too.
It's going to be full power!
See you there
Tonight Wayne and Yussef are playing a collaborative Jazz re:freshed set with members of the wicked Psylus.
It's happening at the Mau Mau Bar in Notting Hill.
Come down if your around, it's going to be vibes!
Great gig in Liverpool on Saturday. Brilliant crowd. Big up to everyone involved. WtU aka We, The Undersigned (Liverpool, UK), Space Heads, The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club. Big love. x
Friday you can Catch us at playing The Bussey Building for The A & The E 's Poet & The Beat.
It's going to be a wicked night and it's only £5 to get in.
Then on Saturday we're heading up north to Cumbria to play at Solfest. We'll be on the 'Dogs In Space' stage at 11pm.
Hope to see you there