Underground System is a collective of Fela Kuti-worshipping rabble-rousers and rhythm-makers. Based in Brooklyn and fronted by flautist and chanteuse Domenica Fossati, Underground System stands out as not only one of the few Afrobeat groups led by a female singer, but also for creating an eclectic, electrifying sound of its own. The 10 person juggernaut has ventured from its Fela Kuti roots to styles as diverse as Italian folk and baile funk, putting a New York City spin on a classic West African pop sound.

This sonic world tour is of little surprise as the ensemble is made up of musicians with Filipino, Jewish/Brazilian, Motswana, and Japanese heritage, Fossati herself a black Italian-American hailing from Miami via Venezuela. Underground System’s recent single “Bella Ciao” is similarly global, hailed as a “a retro-futuristic dance floor ready interpretation of a Partisan anti-fascist Italian WWII anthem,” with three separate releases, it’s been remixed by electronic wunderkinds Archie Pelago, viral MC Kool A.D. (Das Racist), and received cult status on the dance floor all over the Mediterranean when played and remixed by Leo Mas in the Boiler Room on Ibiza. The bands hectic rhythms, blazing horns, and genre-splicing beats are matched by its jubilant stage presence, which it has brought to The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and WNYC among others.