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MUSIC2 Licensing and Hello Stranger are proud to announce that we are now the exclusive licensing administrators for Thievery Corporation and ESL Music.

The Funk Ark

The Funk Ark is a world funk ensemble based in Washington, DC.  The group draws on influences from African and Latin funk/dance music scenes of the 1960s and 70s and the result is a gritty and soulful mix of inspired afrobeat and big bank funk.

The follow-up album to From the Rooftops titled High Noon was released in April and was recorded in Austin, TX and produced by ESL labelmate Adrian Quesada or Ocote Soul Sounds.

Congo Sanchez

Introducing Congo Sanchez, the backbeat of the Washington DC party scene.  As one of the city’s most adept instrumentalists, he is the favored sideman and producer for dance bands and world music ensembles alike. His contributions to The Empresarios Bestia EP, Funk Ark’s From the Rooftops and Thievery Corporation’s Culture of Fear stand out with distinct character. He finally steps out on his own with his solo debut, Congo Sanchez, Vol. 1, which was released April 17, 2012 on ESL Music.


Novalima was created in 2001 by 4 Peruvian musicians living in different cities around the globe. They blend Afro-Peruvian music with Electronica, Latin American Beats and other contemporary genres.

Novalima‘s fourth studio album “Karimba” has received a lot of attention in the press and has gone platinum with their legendary mix of Afro-Latin and dub-tronic grooves in their home country of Peru. They have been nominated for a Latin Grammy and are being featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s latest film Machete.

ESL’s upcoming releases include new albums from Nickodemus and Thievery Corporation.

If you would like access to the ESL Music catalogue we can get you a username and password which can be used on the Outernational site where you can search and download all releases.


Gerard Talbot and Caroline Hoste

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