Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe, Miami Folk Group, Gets Naked for Audio Junkie

Musicians are not morning people. In fact, some aren't even early afternoon people, like Andres Ramos of Miami folk ensemble the Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe.

"Can I call you back in no more than 15 minutes," Ramos asks. "I'm just sitting down to have breakfast and I'm not that articulate with food in my mouth."

It's 1:30 p.m. and we've been trying to get Ramos on the phone since 9 a.m. To his credit, however, he does call back about a half-hour later, greeting us with a humorous, "Top of the morning to you."

His antiquated greeting is a reflection of the Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe's octogenarian musical styling, both enduring and rather endearing. With its delightfully harmonic structures and bright melodies, this band's songs stay true to its traditional roots.

However, Ramos is well aware that his group's old-timey brand is a tough pill to swallow for some, admitting that his music isn't "necessarily going to catch on like wildfire." But he hopes that "it gains just enough street cred" for people to take notice.

"There's a lot of great stuff, and I'm not just referring to my band. I'm talking about true old-time music. There's some really fantastic stuff that should not be lost merely because it happened yesterday."

In an effort to expose new audiences to old-timey music, the Anthropologist plays free gigs -- like one on June 29 at Blue Piano Music Lounge and Wine Bar -- and get naked.

Currently, Ramos is promoting his band's forthcoming Audio Junkie documentary, a film that follows the Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe to a North Palm Beach nudist community where the group performed a free concert.

"You don't want to seem like the creep who shows to fill them. It's got to be an immersive thing," says Ramos, explaining why he and his bandmates shed their clothes for the performance.

According to him, the band is consistently trying to break away from the "wallpaper boringness" of everyday life.

"I have to say, a nudist colony is an extremely surrealistic experience," he says. "To a certain degree, after the first time I went, I almost felt that I was on a sort of psychedelic. Everything that you know about reality has changed."

The film premieres on July 4 at O Cinema, a significant day for both our country and the Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe. "That's the day we got our independence from the British and we get our independence from our clothes," Ramos quips. "And maybe our dignity."

The Anthropologist of Nosy Mangabe. Friday, June 29. Blue Piano Music Lounge and Wine Bar, 4600 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free. Call 305-576-7919 or visit facebook.com/BluePianoBar.

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