The Budos Band

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The Budos Band
Origin Staten Island, New York, United States
Genres Afrobeat, funk, jazz, soul, afro-soul, psychedelic rock
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Daptone Records
Associated acts Antibalas, Menahan Street Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields & The Expressions, C.R.

The Budos Band is an instrumental band recording on the Daptone Records label. The band has nine members (with occasional guests) who play instrumental music that is self-described as "Afro-Soul," a term and sound which - in a 2007 interview - baritone saxophone player Jared Tankel elucidates as being drawn from Ethiopian music the band had been listening to that had a soul undercurrent to it, which the band then "sprinkled a little bit of sweet 60's stuff on top" of.[1]

Jazz, deep funk, Afro-beat, and soul influences can be heard in the Budos Band recordings, all of which were released on Daptone Records and recorded at the label's own studio, Daptone's House of Soul, in Brooklyn, New York. Though they reside in Brooklyn The Budos Band have toured most of North America, Several countries in Eastern Europe and parts of Australia.


Studio albums[edit]

Album Label & Catalog No. Year of Release Available formats
The Budos Band Daptone Records / DAP-005 2005 CD, LP, iTunes
The Budos Band II Daptone Records / DAP-011 2007 CD, LP, iTunes
The Budos Band EP Daptone Records / DAP-1202 2009 CD, LP (w/digital download coupon)
The Budos Band III Daptone Records / DAP-020 2010 CD, LP (w/digital download coupon), MP3, FLAC
Burnt Offering Daptone Records 2014 CD, LP


Title Label & Catalog No. Format
The Budos Band - Up From the South b/w T.I.B.W.F. Daptone Records / DAP-1023 7"
The Budos Band - The Proposition b/w Ghost Walk Daptone Records / DAP-1027 7"
The Poets of Rhythm/The Budos Band - More Mess on My Thing b/w Budos Theme Freestyle Records / FSR7024 7"
The Budos Band/Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Day Tripper b/w Money Daptone Records / DAP-1050 (Record Store Day 2010 release) 7"
The Budos Band - Kakal b/w Hidden Hand Daptone Records / DAP-1051-P-A (promotional copy) *limited press of 800 7"

Other appearances[edit]

"Up From the South" is featured in a commercial for the NFL Network (2013).

"T.I.B.W.F." is featured in a series of commercials for 1800 Tequila and in the sixth episode of This American Life.

"The Chicago Falcon (Remix)" is featured on Wale's fourth mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (2008).

"Budos Rising" and "The Proposition" are featured in MLB 09: The Show and MLB 10: The Show, respectively, for PlayStation consoles.

"King Charles" is featured in episode 37 of the HBO TV series Entourage ("Manic Monday," Season 3).

"Origin of Man," "Up From The South," "T.I.B.W.F." and "Hidden Hand" are featured in the movie New York, I Love You (2009).

"Mas o Menos", "Ride or Die" and "Scorpion" are featured on the fictional radio station "Daptone Radio" in the game Sleeping Dogs by United Front Games and Square Enix London. (2012)

"The Volcano Song" is featured in the documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009).

"The Sticks" is featured in the background of a trailer for Destiny's Dark Below DLC. (2014)

Band members[edit]

The first album, The Budos Band, includes special guest appearances by:


  1. ^ "The Budos Band Invade the Interface". Spinner. Retrieved September 21, 2007. 

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