July 12th, 2011

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Serengeti’s session power shines with 3rd album

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While idol-centered K-pop has been heavily covered by the media, the Korean indie scene has received relatively little attention. This is the fourth installment of a series of interviews shedding light on the scene. ― Ed.

Although trio indie band Serengeti is not a household name, each member’s versatility as a session musician has long been proven among professional musicians and industry officials.

Yu Jeong-gyun, vocalist, bassist and the band leader, has been playing the bass for Onnine Ibalgwan (Sister’s Barbershop) on their studio albums for the past eight years and currently is a bassist for J.K. Kim Dong-wook’s jazz band Zebra.

Jang Dong-jin, has been playing drums for Big Bang’s studio albums, and performed at the idol group member Taeyang’s solo concert in September last year.

Chung Soo-wan, guitarist, has been working with singer Lee So-ra for her annual concerts for the past four years and is now a session guitarist for MBC’s program “I Am a Singer.”

“Although I have been a session musician for a long time, I was thirsty to create my own music in 2003. At that time, those two guys were really known as masters in Hongdae scene so I approached them and suggested we form a band,” said Yu, 31, who writes most of Serengeti’s songs.

“Although the band was formed in 2003, we thought we needed a unique color. For four years, we agonized over what kind of music style we should pursue,” Yu said.

The difficult four years went by and they finally debuted in 2008 with first album, “Afro Afro.”



Indie band Serengeti members pose for a photograph before an interview in Seoul on Thursday: (From left) Yu Jeong-gyun on vocals and bass, Jang Dong-jin on drums and Chung Soo-wan on guitar. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

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Sourse: The Korea Herald