Pidgin Droppings is frontman Anthony Minervino aka Juggla, guitarist James Dellatacoma, drummer Clyde Alford, bassist Tom Grykien, vocalist Nekeyia Lewis aka Qekey, and trumpet player Bruno Lee. In addition to the core members, Pidgin Droppings frequently incorporates several other emcees and singers. Through different collaborations, these vocalists rotate in and out of the set with Juggla holding down the bulk of the toasting. Special guest Israyl, brings a conscious, roots and culture vibe to the set on tunes Youts of Babylon, Knock Pon Wall, and Yahweh Soldiers. Youts of Babylon, originally produced and recorded in studio by Juggla, features Poor Righteous Teachers legend Wise Intelligent along with a soulful hook sung by New Jersey native Kendal. "Youts" is a call to quell gun violence in America, especially in New Jersey, with Israyl closing out the song pleading, "dash weh di gun and live among the righteous." Juggla ends his verse chatting, "...the same ting gonna happen until the gun store get shut down." "Knock Pon Wall" has a double time riddim with rapid-fire vocals by Juggla and Israyl talking about how revelers in real Jamaican dancehalls bang on the walls when a good song is played. Drummer Clyde Alford, bringing a heavy funk and jazz influence to the band, drops a military style snare drum roll. Qekey offers the soul and blues element to the band with a strong voice that Juggla refers to as, takin' em to church.
Juggla and Clyde Alford played in various bands and venues in New York and New Jersey back in the 90s, doing a blend of hip-hop, jazz, and funk. James Dellatacoma, having worked with bass icon Bill Laswell for the past 10 years, brings a rock and dub influence to the table while Tom Grykien adds the foundation with funk and reggae-style bass lines. James subsequently engineered most of Juggla's self-produced, album, Leave Babylon. Juggla then approached James to start a band to play live versions of the album cuts. Juggla notes, all of the songs translated well from the studio versions so we moved forward making slight changes to suit the live approach. James transposed many of the keyboard parts and samples played on the original recordings. Juggla, along with vocals, plays the melodica, an instrument made famous in reggae music by the late, great Augustus Pablo. Pidgin Droppings definitely drops the Pidgin talk, a conscious, uplifting message over global grooves. They are currently sharing the bill with some of the best underground artists on the New York/New Jersey scene.
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Pidgin Droppings formed from a collaboration of musicians from different genres finding a common ground with hip-hop, funk, dub, and various types of African music. PD delivers the Pidgin English derivatives from the African Diaspora, especially Jamaican Patois and Nigerian Pidgin English. Jamaican Patois, the dominant dialect in reggae music and Nigerian Pidgin being the backbone for the afrobeat genre created an acceptance of these dialects into the mainstream culture of their respective countries before spreading worldwide. With many bands bending genres and incorporating all the influences that come from this ever-shrinking planet, Pidgin Droppings melds these qualities into a pot of cultural stew. They exist between genres creating new ones along the way including "Yard-Hop" which is Reggae plus Hip-Hop and "Raprobeat" which is Afro-beat plus Rap music. In October of 2011, Pidgin Droppings released an EP entitled "PD-EP". It is a mix of reworked Juggla songs and a few new selections. Pidgin Droppings will release a full length album in 2015.