When listening to Vampire Weekend for the first time it reminded me of Paul Simon’s Graceland album a bit. Turns out one of their inspirators was South-African artist Brenda Fassie and apparently they listened closely to Paul Simon’s collaboration with Brazilian musicians on Rhythm of the Saints as well. Being a bit of an Afro-Cuban latin rhythm freak myself, I really enjoyed covering one of their most famous songs.
For all finger drummers who want to try and play this thing for themselves I’m happy to announce that there’s also a video lesson available that explains every beat and fill in the song. So, check out this blogpost and learn how to play Vampire Weekend’s A-Punk for yourself!.
Wishing all of you a very groovy day,
Thumbnail picture by Thomas Rix