Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Africa Unplugged, M8alla

Thu, April 18, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$10.00

This event is all ages

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Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the gods, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.
Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his storied band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and The Funkees--all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock in Benin and Nigeria. Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of some of the rarest grooves out there with a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Audiences will hear Kaleta sing in several different languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, "the official language of Afrobeat" he says with a grin.
Since taking the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals, rock clubs, and music publications across the United States. They prompted Action Bronson to stop his own show on VICELAND TV just so he could hear more Yamba. They rocked Paste Magazine’s Manhattan studio and its Emerging Music Festival, and the World Music Institute invited them to perform twice at Brooklyn Bowl, once for its Masters of African Music Series and later for its Festival of Mali. Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!”
Africa Unplugged
Africa Unplugged
This ensemble of seven highly skilled music-magicians have a musical style rooted in the traditional music of West Africa ---yet also include influences from around the world, such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, and the United States. Pushed by the power of the Djembe Orchestra this ensemble has booming onstage energy, balanced with the melodic sounds of the kora, acustic guitar and balaphone.

This dynamic band blends the best of traditional African music with everything that’s funky about NOW. They take the stage with all the purpose and power of Burning Spear and all the good-time-say-what of a New Orleans Brass Band.
M8alla
M8alla
Born in Paris, France as the daughter of a Cameroonian ambassador, M8alla came into the world destined to love and absorb new cultures -- to be a citizen of the world. She uses her international perspective to sing over hard-hitting, "masculine" beats with R&B influence and African and Caribbean inflections. It's a genre she's grown to call "Tribal Trap". In 2017 she performed in two major festivals: the Art of Cool Festival (Official Day Party) and The Earth Girls Festival. Shes currently completing her debut project, "Never Leave Quietly."

It all started when M8alla moved to Washington, DC as a toddler. In middle school she indulged in the rich local arts and entertainment scene by attending numerous spoken word events all of which would inspire her future in songwriting. An unexpected fight with a rare cancer at the age of 13 changed her perspective and priorities. This put music on hold...

Her beloved father became a political prisoner in Cameroon five days before her 18th birthday and passed away in November 2014 before ever being exonerated.

With her greatest fears having become reality, M8alla decided to abandon any that remained, including her fear of failure. In memory of her father's diplomatic life track, she's now dedicated herself to a music career that allows her to build a bridge between R&B, Trap/hip hop and reggae lovers of different cultures. M8alla is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/