Appalachia Meets Mali: Toubab Krewe

 

New live album about
to drop – and dig the amazing video, too.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The Appalachian mountains may not seem a likely source of
African-rooted music, but Toubab Krewe, of Asheville, North Carolina, blends
West African rhythms with rock, creating a sound all its own and earning a
devoted following at performances from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of
the Desert in Essakane, Mali.

 

 

For proof, check out the surfin’-in-Africa styled 7-minute video,
“Buncombe to Badala,” below.

What the Village Voice calls the “futuristic, psychedelic,
neo-griot frenzy” of Toubab Krewe’s shows has now been captured on their
second album, Live at the Orange Peel (recorded
as Asheville venue the Orange Peel, natch, last year on Dec. 30 & 31) due
from Upstream Records, distributed by ADA, on January 6.

The instrumental quintet’s five members, childhood friends and long-term
musical collaborators who joined up in 2005, have spent extended periods
studying with musical luminaries in Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea and learning
traditional instruments such as the kora (a 21-string harp) and the kamel ngoni
(a lute). Their music also brings in the worlds of surf and zydeco in “a
Dick Dale moves-to-Timbuktu experiment” (Boston Herald). The new
album, produced by Grammy winner Steven Heller, features eight previously unreleased tracks, including
collaborations with legendary spoken-word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last
Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert.

 

Meanwhile, the band commences the “Buncombe to Badala” tour
next week, kicking off with a two-night end-of-year stand in Denver on Dec. 30 and 31. Full dates listed
below.

Toubab Krewe is:

Teal Brown – Drums
Drew Heller – Guitar
Justin Perkins – Kamel Ngoni, Kora, Guitar
David Pransky – Bass
Luke Quaranta – Percussion

Toubab Krewe – ‘Live At The Orange Peel’ Track Listing:

1). Autorail
2). Lamine’s Tune
3). Roy Forester
4). Kaira
5). 51 Ft Ladder
6). Maliba
7). Moose
8). Buncombe To Badala

Tour Dates:

Dec 30 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (New Year’s Revival w/
Panjea & Kyle Hollingsworth)
Dec 31 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (New Year’s Revival w/
Panjea & Kyle Hollingsworth)
Jan 08 – New York, NY – S.O.B.’s (‘Live
At The Orange Peel’
Record Release Show w/ Jar-e)
Jan 17 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Jan 20 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
Jan 21 – Charlottesville, VA – Gravity Lounge
Jan 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother
Jan 24 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall
Feb 6 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Feb 7 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 14 – Atlanta, GA – Smiths Old Bar

 

Toubab Krewe on the web:

 

www.toubabkrewe.com
www.myspace.com/toubabkrewe
www.ilike.com/artist/Toubab+Krewe
http://www.vimeo.com/user891020

 

 

 

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