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Toubab Krewe

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:22 am
by judith
This group travels through the town I live in occasionally and always draws a huge crowd. I was supposed to go see them tonight but decided to stay in, so I'll just post their MySpace page instead.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:12 am
by Chris P
Was just enjoying the juicy mix of psychedelic surf guitar & West African tunes on their debut album earlier this week.
For those too time pushed or lazy to click Judith's link to their MySpace page here's some news from it. But I strongly recommend going there to here some joyous sounds, judging by which the new live album (see below) is sure to be an album of the year. They're spelt Toubab Krewe btw

About Toubab Krewe
Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe has set "a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worldwide).

Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following at performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, the most remote festival in the world. The band developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries.

But the group has its roots in Asheville, NC, where many of its members were childhood friends and long-term musical collaborators. It was at home in the Appalachians, where the band recorded their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel. Produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller (who also produced the band's debut), the new album captures their outstanding 2008 New Year's run.

All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to mix American rock with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today." The new release features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:38 pm
by judith
Chris Potts wrote: They're spelt Toubab Krewe btw

Thanks, Chris. Someone recently patiently explained to me that "toubab" means "white person" when I had thought they were going to see a band comprised of two people named Bob.