“Oxente” (oh-SHEN-chi) or “oxe” for short (osh) is an exclamatory expression used in the northeast of Brazil to express surprise, pride, or amusement. Oxente is a community-driven band that provides lessons and performances. One of the primary aims of Oxente is to educate and represent the people, the culture of samba reggae bands in the streets of Bahia. Born in Durham, Oxente brings to the Bullcity the infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of our beloved city.
In fact, although our focus is on the rhythms of Brazil and our hearts live here in Durham, members of Oxente come from all over the country and the world. We are from places like Salvador, Bahia; Brazil; Raleigh, North Carolina; Tienen, Belgium; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Syracuse, New York; Colombia; Statesville, North Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Sterling, Virginia; Tucson, Arizona; and of course—Durham!Back to top
Breaded in Blues. Fried In Funk. Smothered in Soul. Come Get Some!
Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so play many styles of blues. With clever arrangements, tight rhythm section, thick vocal harmonies, and virtuosic solos, we present to you – the blues like you’ve never seen or heard it before.
Chicken Shack were the TBS 2018 Blues Challenge winners and just returned from Memphis where they competed in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in January 2019.Back to top
Once a generation, a blues artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be, but shakes the genre to its core. With both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records. Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. A student of the Delta's musical history, he is acutely aware of the musicians and the music that emerged from his corner of the world. “I do think I have an old soul, that I've been here before,” he says. “I'm moving forward with one foot in the past.”
“You don't see too many kids into blues music,” says the nascent star. “In my town, every kid wants to be a rapper — I wanted to do something no one else was doing.” And although he grew up near the crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly cut a deal with the devil, Kingfish insists he didn't do any of that to make his guitar howl the blues. “I just practice all the time,” he says, “that's the only deal I made, and it's with myself.”
Kingfish has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph, Guitar Shorty, Eric Gales and many others. He has befriended rock stars from Nikki Sixx to Dave Grohl. Since graduating high school, Kingfish has continued his life on the road. He has performed at festivals around the country.Back to top
Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child is a native of McComb. Castro was born in the small town of McComb, Mississippi to Johnell and the late Vera Coleman. He is a husband and father of four daughters. He has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B B King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.
In 2014 Castro was the winner of the International Blues Challenge (Band), the Albert King Gibson Guitar award, BMA Best New Artist Album winner 2016, The Spirit of Little Walter Award 2016. In 2016, Castro was the first blues artist to have his handprint inducted into the Wall of Fame in Fredrikshavn Denmark. In 2014, Castro was given the Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year Award by the Jus' Blues Foundation. In 2015, he won several Jackson Music Awards including International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the year.
Castro started out playing the gospel with his aunt Grace Cain. Then he later started his own group The True Believers which launched them in the gospel industry with their album In This Place. After The True Believers Castro joined the Williams Brothers and started playing on and with other national recording artist, such as The Pilgrim Jubilees, Spencer Taylor and the Highway QC's, Rev. Rance Allen, The Texas Boys, Brian Courtney Willison, The Jackson Southernaires, and The Canton Spirituals. Just to name few. After that he later started Castro Coleman and Highly Favored which again proved successful in the gospel industry, with television appearances on Bobby Jones Gospel. Their album Time Out gained national attention. Castro has won many awards in the gospel industry and has over 125 credits listed on Allmusic.Back to top