Zero Mile Presents:
Africa Unplugged, Lassine Kouyate
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance - free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.
Africa Unplugged is a dynamic group, led by djembe master, guitarist and songwriter, Atiba Rorie. The band uses traditional percussion instruments from West Africa in combination with guitars and bass to play traditional rhythms while drawing from influences across the world. Their creativity results in a funky, soulful blues and dance music that keeps you moving as they tell stories from the old world and the new!
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 Toubab Krewe and The Wailers, and has performed at AthFest, SLINGSHOT Festival, Georgia Theatre, and Steve's Live Music, 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 brings a familiarity with Bambara, Mande culture, and Malian music. In 2012 Klein released his first collection of acoustic Mande-influenced songs, Dugu Wolo, on his Cowboy Angel Music label. Dugu Wolo was recorded in Bamako, Mali, and includes traditional Malian instrumentation- ngoni, kora, tama (talking drum), calabash, and njarka (horse hair fiddle)- coloring Klein’s Bambara folk tunes. A making-of-the-record documentary film is in the works, and the trailer can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJiJR7uz4I
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; Moths) on djembe/shaker; Lucas McAuliffe (electric guitar) and Drew Hooks (percussion). On occasion the band has been joined by guest percussionist Sunny Ortiz of Widepsread Panic.