In addition to the big shows that come through town, there are often
chances for us to see some great acts in more intimate settings.
Thursday, February 21st will be one of those nights.
Kakande will be playing Johnny D's featuring a guest appearance by Mory
Kante! This concert is a CD Release Party for much anticipated new album
Mory Kante is an international super star from Guinea, West Africa, and
rarely backs anyone up. However, Kakande (led by Famoro Dioubate from
Guinea) has touched Mory so much that he'll be appearing with them for
"Kakande takes a unique approach to Mande music—acoustic, kinetic,
textured and grooving. Dioubate's virtuosic balafon riffing is rightly
front and center, backed harmonically by a sweet blend of electric
guitar (Mamady Kouyate), cello (Raoul Rothblatt), flute (Sylvain Leroux)
and sax (Avram Fefer). These players step out occasionally, but mostly
hang with the crisp rhythm section, creating textures that work as well
in a dark, roiling jam like "Paya Paya," as on a slow, mellifluous
praise song like "Mariama Traoré.""
- Afropop Worldwide's Review of Kakande's album "Dununya"
Come on out and have a great time! More details below.
On Thursday February 21th, Johnny D's presents Kakande, a 9-piece West
African band based out of NYC, celebrating the release of their much
anticipated album, Dununya (http://www.JumbieRecords.com). The West
African music scene has been steadily growing in the U.S. in recent
years and it is sure to explode when this groundbreaking new disc hits
stores. To venerate Dununya's release, African superstar Mory Kante will
join Kakande on stage, in a rare U.S. appearance, and an
once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this legendary musician supporting
Kakande is a 9-piece collective that demonstrates how the balafon
(xylophone) has electrified African music for 800 years. Lush vocals,
flutes, sinewy guitars, cellos and countless melodic textures are
propelled by the power of Famoro Dioubate's balafon virtuosity. Layers
of intricate melody come together in Kakande to create this explosive
new groove. Mory Kante's support for the group is remarkable, especially
since he was the first African artist to sell a million CDs (see
February 21th will be a historic chance to join Kakande and Mory Kante
as Boston writes a new chapter in the history of griot music.
Who: Kakande with special guest Mory Kante
What: CD release for new album Dununya
Where: Johnny D's
17 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
When: Thursday Feb. 21, 2008
Price: $15 advance/$18 door
Advance Tickets at: http://kakande.eventbrite.com/
More Information: Contact Raul Rothblatt - Raul [at] JumbieRecords.com /
718-857-3150 / 646-498-6093
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