Any funk fan living in Montreal knows about Kalmunity Vibe Collective (we’ll discuss the fact that there’s a serious lack of the genre in this city, another time). If you are one of them, chances are you’ve spotted one of it’s recurring players, who goes by the name of Fredy V. The energetic, nothing short of mesmerizing performer has been playing here and there, collaborating with incredible artists and has more steadily been the front man for The Boogie Wonder Band. He successfully made a name for himself not only locally but on the international funk scene as part of various notable ensembles, and now, it’s time for the singer-songwriter to show us what he’s got, flying solo. His highly anticipated first album, “It Takes a Village”, is out this Friday, released with an exclusive concert event at the Phi Centre.
This one has been a long time coming. The original release date was scheduled in 2014, but two emergency brain surgery shifted the artists focus to you know, getting better. During his months of recovery, Fredy reconnected with sounds from his childhood, which went along with the realm of new-wave funk . He took note and once back in the studio, alongside co-producers Anomalie and Borza Ghomeshi, he set out to pay homage to the familiar traditions of the modern funk era, all while bringing the genre into new grounds.
The first single, Ain’t Going Nowhere was released in late 2016. The second single My Joy was released on February 22nd 2017.
About Caroline Royer
NUMTL Founder and Editor-in-chief, Caroline is an Ottawa-born Montrealer who has spent the better part of her life playing and listening to music. Otherwise, she is a diehard Sens fan, freakishly into architecture and industrial design and terrible at staying put for more than 5 minutes.