The TaxiCab Verses, Lassine Kouyate

The TaxiCab Verses

Since 2008, James A. Wilson has been traveling to and from Accra, Ghana to collaborate with Ghanaian group Kofi Atentenben & the Warriors on an album for his project, The TaxiCab Verses. The TaxiCab Verses is a project that combines Wilson's musical experiences both in Africa and here in Athens. What results is a whole new kind of music, a melding of more traditional African music with that quintessential Athens rock sound.

Lassine Kouyate

Lassine Kouyate is the West African Mande roots-meets-American folk rock project of Georgia-based Americana and folk singer/songwriter Adam Klein. The project has opened for Vieux Farka Toure, Toubab Krewe, The Wailers, and The Ragbirds, and has performed at AthFest, SLINGSHOT Festival, Georgia Theatre, Terminal West, The Foundry, and Sandy Springs International Music Festival, among other venues.

The band presents songs in the Bambara language with social messaging about Mali, its development, and local poverty issues, along with a number of English songs connected by a common lyrical theme. Klein lived in Mali from 2002-2004 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and returned to make an album and an accompanying (as yet unreleased) documentary film.

Lassine Kouyate’s all-star ensemble features Steve Abercrombie (Adam Klein & The Wild Fires) on bass; Brian Smith (Georgia Guitar Quartet; Revien) on electric guitar; Jamie DeRevere (efren) on drums; Jim Wilson (T. Hardy Morris) on djembe/shaker; Lucas McAuliffe (electric guitar); Adam Poulin (violin), and Tony Oscar (percussion). On occasion the band has been joined by guest percussionist Sunny Ortiz of Widepsread Panic.

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