Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
the launch of:
UHURU AFRIKA JUMP! : A monthly live music dancefloor explosion!
Featuring: Lamine Touré & Group Saloum : Live 10-piece Senegalese Band
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101912619846307
with your resident griots:
Adam Gibbons (Uhuru Afrika / Fela Lives! : Boston)
Max Pela (Uhuru Afrika / Afrobeta Bodega : Santo Domingo, DR)
w/ Master Percussionist Sidy Maiga (Uhuru Afrika : Bamako, Mali)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Location: Oberon (formerly the Zero Arrow Theater)
Street: Two Arrow Street at Mass Avenue, Harvard Square
City/Town: Cambridge, MA
This is a Uhuru Afrika dance party that features your resident DJs and
live percussion spinning that Uhuru Afro-Diasporic Dance sound with a
special LIVE GUEST in between every month! We are taking the Uhuru
Afrika concept that we all know and love and bringing it to the next
level! Boston... get ready!!!
: 9pm-1am : 18plus! : $10 :
Advance Tickets on sale NOW!
Amadou Lamine Touré comes from a long line of griots, a caste of
musicians and oral historians among the Wolof people of Senegal. Born
into a family of griot percussionists, masters of the sabar drum, Lamine
has been drumming since the age of four. Growing up in Kaolack, he
received his early training as part of his family's drum troupe,
performing regularly at weddings, baptisms, and neighborhood dance parties.
In 1986, Lamine moved to Dakar, where there would be more opportunities
to exploit his talents in the burgeoning popular music style known as
1991 marked the beginning of Lamine Touré's career as a percussionist in
the modern music scene, when he formed his first group, Xiis. After
playing with Keur Gi, Diaspora, the Ballet Ousmane Cissé and the
Orchestre Nationale, Lamine Touré joined mbalax star Mapenda Seck's band
in 1995, with whom he made his commercial recording debut, Jamilou.
Nder et le Setsima Group
A fast-growing success, Lamine Touré left Mapenda Seck in 1997 to join
Alioune Mbaye Nder et le Setsima Group. Since then he has enjoyed a
fruitful career as Nder's percussionist, touring extensively within
Senegal and throughout Europe and North America, with performances at
Bercy (Paris), the Festival International de Jazz (Montréal) and Central
Park Summerstage (New York). Always a highlight of Setsima Group, Touré
showcases his musical talent and versatility on a wide range of
percussion instruments, from sabar and djembé to tama (talking drum), as
well as in taasu (rhythmic poetry, similar to rap).
Lamine Touré is also the founder and leader of Group Saloum, Boston's
newest Afro-pop band. Lamine Touré and Group Saloum fuse Senegalese
mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat. Group Saloum
performs original mbalax music, drawing upon the collective creativity
of Touré and some of Boston's most talented musicians. Their performance
debut at the Central Square World's Fair in July 2004 was a smashing
success, drawing record crowds to the African Stage.
Since Fall 2002, Lamine Touré has been serving as Artist-in-Residence at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the
Senegalese drumming ensemble, Rambax MIT. He continues to teach sabar
drumming and dance classes in the Boston area, conducting workshops and
lecture-demonstrations at local schools and universities.
Group Saloum is Boston's hottest Afro-pop band. Founded by
world-renowned griot percussionist Lamine Touré, Group Saloum fuses
Senegalese mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat.
Group Saloum performs original mbalax music highlighted by the
infectious rhythms of Touré's sabar drums, drawing upon the collective
creativity of some of Boston's most talented musicians.
"From Boston, a spectacular afropop act specializing in, but not limited
to, Senegalese mbalax."
— Afropop Worldwide
"Lamine Touré and Group Saloum kick out a hard-hitting dance mix that
spans the percussive fury of Senegalese mbalax and the joyful uplift of
— Banning Eyre, Boston Phoenix
The band's self-titled first album is available online from
www.amazon.com and www.calabashmusic.com. The CD was recorded by
ASCAP-winning producer Dan Cantor of Notable Productions, and is
released and distributed by Nomadic Wax.
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