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$15.00 - $115.00
2 beverage minimum
Description: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba features Senegalese griot Diali Keba Cissokho—a vocalist, percussionist, dancer, and master of the kora (a 21-string African harp). Diali hails from a famed lineage of musicians and storytellers traceable to the 14th century in his native West Africa. The band is rounded out by four outstanding North Carolina-raised musicians, each bringing their own musical influences to bear.
Tradition meets modernity in this band; African music embraces its American offspring, jazz and blues, and the result is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience. Irresistible dance grooves, captivating performances, fiery percussion, and super-tight arrangements communicate unforgettable joy and passion—and bring audiences into the “great love and harmony” that the band’s name signifies. Kaira Ba's distinctive sound is reminiscent of the great West African dance bands - bursting with unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos and polyrhythmic frameworks. With lyrics in Manding, Wolof, and English, Diali Cissokho immerses the audience in stories of ancient and modern West Africa, parables that bring into focus the need for cooperation and interdependence among all people of the world.
Quote from Paste Magazine: "Diali Cissokho, Kairaba’s bandleader and kora player, hails from a long line of Griot musicians in Senegal. But moving an ocean away from his musical past has only strengthened Cissokho’s resolve to enliven the traditional sound. With four Tar Heel natives behind him, Cissokho & Kairaba create a universally appealing sound full of bright tones and driving polyrhythm." -- Paste Magazine