Monday, 8 PM
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Co-presented with Brooklyn Bowl
Super Yamba Band: 8:00pm
Fatoumata Diawara: 9:00pm
Standing room only
Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawara moved to France to pursue acting. She later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her sensuous voice, she has performed or recorded with Malian and international greats such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Oumou Sangaré, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roberto Fonseca, Mayra Andrade and Omara Portuondo. In 2011, she released her debut album, Fatou, for which she composed and arranged all songs, as well as played guitar, percussion, bass, vocals and harmony vocals. Fatoumata has spent the recent years touring the world to great critical acclaim. Her recent featured role in the documentary Mali Blues by filmmaker Luz Gregor has brought her music and her plight to even greater audiences worldwide.
Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara is about the best of a new breed of African poet-chanteuse, and the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time. An accomplished actress and huskily graceful singer, she projects her strong, simple songs with effortless poise." - The Telegraph
Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat legend Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist, and producer from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti, and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.
Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country in the 70s and 80s. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk in Benin. Touching on rare grooves such as "Vodoun" or "Sato," Super Yamba Band has dialed in the nuances of a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance.