Biography January 2007
Mamaguroove has been playing its highly infectious, homegrown, eclectic brand of revolutionary and emotional music for the past eight years. Grown from the roots of back-to-the- land-life in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of Northern BC, the ‘Guroove’ consists of a tight knit tribe, which is pronounced in their lyrics, music, and live theatrical intensity.
Lyrically, their songs express a strong connection to working, raising families, and addressing social and political issues that are found both in their own backyard and the world abroad. Musically, their songs are as diverse as their influences of Funk, Reggae, Ska, World Beat, Acapella, Folk, and most importantly — Rock n’ Roll. Although individual members contribute song ideas and lyrics to the group, Mamaguroove takes great pride in arranging their tunes together as a band.
Live shows are really what makes the Mama…Guroove. They have shared the stage with many fantastic local and international musicians as well as headlining over a dozen music festivals throughout BC (see Summary). It is the philosophy of Mamaguroove that stage performance is an art, in which it is essential to combine live music with outrageous costumes and theatrics. From tinfoil togas (Edge of the World Music Festival); to dressing in drag and fighting aliens; to pirate planks, catapults, and ‘underwear cannons’; to ‘flying’ onto the stage from cables (Kispiox Music Festival); to life size puppet shows; to live theatrical African dance and drum processions — Mamaguroove is a live show not to be missed!
Mamaguroove’s core unit consists of four family members: Shara Gustafson (lead vocals/percussion), wife of; Seth Macdonald (guitars/vocals), who is cousin to both: Chris Chapman (Bass/Vocals) and sister; Alaina Chapman (vocals/percussion) — got it?! These members all reside on a shared acreage in Dunster, BC (two hours east of Prince George, BC), on which they: record, practice, rehearse, and organize The Robson Valley Music Festival, held annually on the last weekend of August, on the band’s property (robsonvalleymusicfestival.com).
Mamaguroove has two independently recorded and released albums: self-titled “Mamaguroove” (2000) and, “Fruit of the Groove” (2003). Songs from these albums have often been played on CBC radio, as well as College/University and Internet radio stations across Canada and the United States.
Over the years Mamaguroove has endured the adversity of the road and touring life. Most notably, they have: toured extensively throughout BC and AB (approx. 40 gigs/year); completed a cross-Canada tour in 2004 (25 shows in 35 days!) and; more recently, began touring the Yukon. The band has also survived the difficulty of exiting band members (due to financial realities), and acquired new talent. Drummer Max Jones joined the band in 2004 and more recently saxophonist Dave Radies in 2006. Both Max and Dave are from Prince George, BC and original members of the Acid-Jazz group ‘The Cutbank Cats’ (myspace.com/thecutbankcats).
With the addition of these two ‘Cats’, Mamaguroove will be recording, releasing, and touring in 2007 their long awaited CD “Resistance is Fertile!”. This original CD will be the new highlight of Mamaguroove’s career — showcasing their development and capabilities as a band, and by placing them as major contenders to professionally written original rock and roll music in Canada. Mamaguroove will be co-producing “Resistance is Fertile!” with Corwin Fox (co-producer, Sarah Noni Metzner, DogMyCat Records.) The release of the album is set for May 2007, at which time Mamaguroove will tour Northern BC to both promote “Resistance is Fertile” and the Music Festivals of Northern BC.
“One of the best bands in the country. A complex, theatrical groove fest that moves your feet and lifts your spirit”
Ty Semaka, The Plaid Tongued Devils