St. Petersburg, FL
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…”one of Tampa Bay’s biggest bands”
– Tampa Bay Times
The Hip Abduction is a six-piece afropop rock band from St Petersburg, FL that weaves together Western pop aesthetics with African rhythms and traditions. The band describe themselves as “wanderlust-inspired global pop” and have cited influences such as The Black Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Paul Simon, and Ali Farka Toure. THA places heavy emphasis on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni), dub-reggae-inspired bass lines, and funky afro-beat percussion. Formed on the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2010, the band’s high-energy performances and good vibes message have won them loyal followers from Florida to California. The Hip Abduction has quickly grown from just a few African instrument playing surfers to a full-blown 6-piece powerhouse in just a couple years. Their 2013 self titled release debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae charts and continues to top the I-tunes charts.