"Often referred to as ‘pioneers in the world fusion genre’, Hamsa Lila broke new ground with their inspired blend of traditionally influenced world fusion dance music. Drawing primarily from the healing musics of North & West Africa, the group uses an onslaught of traditional instruments, including the bass-like lute called a ’sintir’, the ngoni – a large gourd harp, the gan-gan – a talking drum, shakuhachi flutes, kalimbas, and assortment of percussion gear. Ripping drum kit player Inkx Herman (Paul Simon, Sting, Habib Koite, Hugh Masekela) lays indelible grooves underneath male and female lead vocals that weave hypnotic harmonies amid various dub effects, electronics and patches. Headlining famous halls like The Filmore (SF) and The Crystal Ballroom (Portland), and playing an array of popular music festivals, including Earthdance, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Shambhala (BC, Canada) and Harmony Music Festival, the band earned legendary status at Burning Man (2001 thru 2006) playing epic all-night shows in that Nevada white sand desert. Their initial release “Gathering One” reached to #2 on CMJ’s National World Music Chart, as well as #2 on Chart Attack (Canada). After a 3 year performing hiatus, the band is now hand picking mostly self or co-produced, benefit-based events that are pointed at social change, environmental activism, human rights and indigenous tribal support, dedicating itself to only doing highly conscious events, raising awareness, and supporting powerful causes."