Toubab Krewe’s spring tour in support of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel, includes a performance at Sullivan Hall in New York City, New York on April 4, 2009. The band blends American and West African influences into a sound all its own. Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following, performing 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, North Carolina, where many of its members were childhood friends and long-time musical collaborators. And it was at home in the Appalachians, where the band recorded their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steven Heller, Live at the Orange Peel captures their outstanding 2008 New Year’s run. All of the songs are previously unreleased tracks that 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. The new album features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.
Buy the CD:
- In North America: Live at the Orange Peel. Also available: Toubab Krewe
- In Europe: Live at the Orange Peel
April 4, 2009
214 Sullivan St.
New York, NY 10012
Author: World Music Central News Department
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