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Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 PM Geetanjali: An Evening of Kathak Dance & Music Admission is $20 Najma Ayashah and the Kalavant Center of Music & Dance reflect the rich soulful rhythms and melodies of the Jaipur tradition of music and dance through the Kathak dance artistry. Exciting tabla invovations by Ustad Kader Khan will be accompanied by Javed Khan (sitar), Imran Khan (tabla), and the vocal mastery of Gulam Khan will bring you into a world transcending all borders beyond human emotion.

Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM Peter Eldridge Admission is $15 Vocalist/composer/pianist Peter Eldridge combines all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing, producing and teaching. He recently released two solo recordings—the sophisticated pop of 'Fool No More', a collection of his original music produced by Peter and the multitalented Ben Wittman (Patty Larkin, The Story, Lucy Kaplansky), as well as the bittersweet standards found in ‘Stranger in Town’, produced by Peter and Jean Charles Lignel, featuring an all-star cast of jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Lewis Nash, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. This comes after years of dynamic recordings with the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices, which Peter co-founded with Darmon Meader.

Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00 PM Sean Costello Admission is $15 Sean Costello makes music true to his life-long calling. And, on his new self-titled CD, he is exceeding expectations that emerged a decade ago when Sean stepped out as a youthful guitar slinger drawn to the emotional authenticity of American blues and R&B. His CD, produced by Steve Rosenthal (The Rolling Stones, Suzanne Vega, Freedy Johnston), is the guitarist’s fourth release and by far his most diverse and spectacular. The album finds Costello shifting gears from Chicago blues to a crafty mixture of soul, funk, upbeat rock and his native blues.

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM Greg Trooper with special guest Eric Ambel Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door Veteran singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer/raconteur Eric Ambel—known to friends, associates and bandmates as Roscoe—is the possessor of an estimable musical resume that's established his credentials as a deeply committed rocker as well as a witty and thoughtful songwriter. Between his current duties as producer, bandleader, studio proprietor, bar owner, member of uber-bar-band the Yayhoos and lead guitarist of Steve Earle's band the Dukes, he's found time to launch his own label, Lakeside Lounge Records.

Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM Cheryl Wheeler Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door While her songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Bette Midler and Linda Thompson, Cheryl Wheeler’s burnished alto, nimble guitar playing and sly sense of humor insure that she will always be her own best interpreter. Wheeler plays Satalla in support of her new album, Defying Gravity.

Thursday, May 5 at 10:00 PM La Excelencia Admission is $15 La Excelencia is the new sensation in salsa music. Their powerful rhythms are known to ignite audiences into dancing frenzies. With a mix of traditional salsa grooves and scorching modern arrangements, their sound is distinct and innovative. La Excelencia vocalist Hector Luis Pagan - the “sonero voice" behind the band has been compared to the legendary Hector Lavoe. “El Niche Sabroso" - Rene Leslie, vocal talents timbers that of the 70’s sonero, his voice will seduce you and leave you wanting more. Finally, “El Sonerito" - Edwin Perez, brings with him the sonero styles and echoes of Afro-Cuba, reinstating the roots of salsa. The machine behind “La Excelencia" is the musicians. In the rhythm section are Musical Director/pianist, Willy Rodriguez, and on contra-bass Luis Arona. The percussion section is made up of Charles Dilone on bongos, Jose Vázquez-Cofresi on congas and Julian Silva on timbales. Rounding up this talented group of musicians is; Ronald Prokopez on trombone, Jack Davis on lead trombone, Bruce Harris on trumpet, and Steven Oquendo on lead trumpet.

Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PM Patty Larkin with special guest Nadine Goellner Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door The New York Times calls Patty Larkin “a virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper [writing] songs that capture what it means to be completely adult, the bad and the good, without regrets or sentimentality...Ms. Larkin sings them in a smoky, slightly weather-beaten voice that resonates with a plucky resignation and humor. She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.” New York City singer-songwriter Nadine Goellner has been winning over audiences across the country with her unique acoustic-driven blend of scat, soul and jazz. Her latest release, Sing It to Me Anyway (2004), is being hailed by fans, radio listeners, and critics, including All Music Guide, who cites the CD as “one of the strongest indie releases of 2004" and Time Out New York, who notes that Nadine's “folk-jazz-scat cross-pollinations have earned raves galore."

**CALENDAR CHANGE** Friday, May 6 at 10:00 PM Latin Dance Fridays: Folklore Urbano is CANCELED

Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 PM Alison Brown CD Release Party Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door Alison Brown achieved an international reputation as a banjo player by pushing the instrument out of its familiar Appalachian settings and into new musical territory. Through four albums on the renowned Vanguard Records label and one on her own Compass Records, Brown composed and played her way into the affections of fans of jazz-hued acoustic music with a unique voice on a relatively unexplored instrument. On her newest record, however, Brown brings her banjo back to its bluegrass roots and to her own musical beginnings.

Sunday, May 8, dance lesson at 1:30 PM, music at 2:30 Let’s Zydeco: Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne Admission is $18 Take half a dozen groovemasters, add a spicy blend of rock 'n' roll, blues, and funk to the up-tempo Zydeco beat, and presto, you've got a dance groove that just won't quit! Li'l Anne and Hot Cayenne features the incomparable Anne Stork on accordions/vocals, groovemasters Rick Kline on bass guitars/vocals and Doug Chatman on drums, Bob Halperin on lead and rhythm guitars/vocals, Lew Papenfuse, rhythm guitar/vocals and the dynamic lead vocals and rubboard playing of Phil Sanguedolce.

**CALENDAR CHANGE** Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM Mawwal with special guest Yasna Voices is CANCELED

Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 PM Romero CD Release Party Admission is $15 Infusing classical and flamenco guitar with jazz riffs and contemporary melodies, composer and guitarist Hernan Romero brings world/jazz to a new realm with his release, Duende. Spiced with the exotic traditions that influence flamenco-gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean folk-and interwoven with textures of classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, Romero's music is both sophisticated and accessible. It is sensuous, passionate, romantic and inescapably infectious. Inspired by the music of his family from earliest memory, Argentinean-born Romero would become part of his family's performing ensemble by the age of four. Romero's mother, popular international singer Estela Raval, contributed to surrounding young Romero with the best of musical environments.

Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30 PM Howling Makams Admission is $15 The NYC-based Howling Makams play a unique blend of Near Eastern music with a free jazz sensibility. Working within the incredibly rich “maqam" (modal) system of the East, they constantly trying new forms and approaches to stretch the canvas and fill it with new sounds. Led by Brandon Terzic (oud, saz), the Makams boast an outstanding lineup of musicians, including master multi-instrumentalist Tom Chess (ney, flute, oud) and a rhythm section featuring Matt Kilmer (percussion), Rich Stein (percussion) and Michael Savino (acoustic bass). The Village Voice calls them “The Arabic Sun Ra." Bellydancing by Kaeshi from Bellyqueen and her students.

Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 PM Barbara Sfarga Admission is $15 A vocalist of extraordinary passion and range with a penchant for free-spirited improvisation (she prefers the term voicist to jazz singer), Barbara Sfraga is also a savvy bandleader-composer-lyricist and gifted arranger who delights in putting a new spin on the familiar. On Under The Moon, her second release and a leader and debut for A440 Records, she breathes new life into well-worn jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Lerner & Lowe and Rodgers & Hammerstein while also offering vivid interpretations of pop pieces by Angela Bofill and Bob Dylan. The result is a musically diverse and highly appealing package that showcases Barbara's beautiful voice along with her considerable skills as an arranger and her restlessly creative streak as an improviser.

Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 PM Chris Berry and Panjea Admission is $12 Panjea is a high energy dance band that originated its grooves in the ghettos of Zimbabwe. The bands first break came in 1992 when Panjea recorded its first hit Album “Vanhu Vamwe", that remained number one on the Zimbabwean charts for nearly the whole year. It was also during this time that Panjea played to thousands in sell-out stadium shows. Audiences flocked to see American born Chris Berry dancing and singing in Shona for at the time no-one believed it was a white man who sang out to them over the radio waves. After sweeping success in Africa, Panjea hit the international scene adding new members and fusing new sounds from around the globe. African Rhythms were crossed with funk beats, Ancient Mbira (thumb piano) melodies were overlain with soulful jazz inspired horn lines and African melodies became the vehicle for Berry's deeply inspired parable like English lyrics. The end result of this fusion being a unique music that dances the body, sends the soul soaring and takes the mind to a place of positive introspection.

Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM Marcia Pelletiere Admission is $15 Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, singer, and songwriter, as well as co-producer of the “Little Noises" CD. She is a founding member of the multi-award winning a cappella group The Accidentals. Marcia has sung in a wide range of musical styles and settings including performances with The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Downtown Messiah, the New York Art Ensemble, Lunatune, and many others. As a poet, she has published her work in journals and anthologies including The Southern Poetry Review, Calliope, Many Mountains Moving, Quarterly West, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She has received four Individual Writer's Grants from Poets & Writers, and has taught creative writing at many NYC schools, workshops, and arts organizations.

Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 PM Klezska! Admission is $15 Klezska! combines the melodies of Jewish music—klezmer, Israeli, spiritual and liturgical – with Jamaican popular musical styles like ska, rock steady, reggae, and dub. The brainchild of drummer Glenn Tamir, Klezska! has been performing since July 2003 at a wide variety of venues. To celebrate the Festival of Lights, the band will throw in some unusual Chanukah tunes, and they've added a lead vocalist to their lineup. Performing with Klezska! will be: Chava Mirel (vocals); Glenn Tamir (percussion, band leader); Rick Sabo (guitar); Blacka (bass); Nick Balaban (keyboards), and Mike Savarino (drums). A variety of New York's finest horn players are often featured or invited to join in.

Friday, May 13 at 8:00 PM The Brunn Project Admission is $15 Without ever losing sight of it's pure flamenco roots, the newly formed flamenco sextet The Brunn Project delivers flamenco with a jazzy, funk, rock twist. Guitarist ringleader and composer Raphael Brunn brings together NY's best Flamenco artists. Expect to hear strong footwork and driving percussion from NY"s great Flamenco dancer and caja player, Sara Erde; emotive singing and flute from Sevilla's Alfonso Cid; expressive bass lines from Peter Teresi; strong tone and solid rhythm guitar from Lara Warren and innovative flute playing from Serge Meseth. All backing and mingling with Brunn's original and “stick-in-your-ear" melodies and rhythms on guitar.

Friday, May 13 at 10:00 PM Latin Dance Fridays: Yerbabuena Admission is $15 Under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres, Yerbabuena is a collective of young musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Their performance is somewhere between a jam in the park, a spiritual ceremony and a family reunion. The music they play is, by nature, participatory. Whether bomba, plena or música jíbara, it's all interactive - leaving the audience no choice but to join in the singing and dance for the drums. After a dose of Yerbabuena, you'll feel tired but uplifted and happy! Yaya is a women's collective dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich, cultural legacies and African-based musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2002, Yaya honors the vibrant musical heritage represented in Puerto Rican bomba and Dominican salve traditions, through live performances, workshops, and female-led creative ciphers. Recognizing the contributions of women in preserving and transmitting these traditions, Yaya honors the yayas (Creole/Kongo origin), or mothers, who have helped shape our histories, traditions and legacies of resistance.

Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 PM Samite Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door Uganda’s leading musical export, Samite, has released his latest album Tunula Eno on Triloka/Artemis Records. Born and raised in Uganda of the Baganda people, Samite learned to play traditional flute from his grandfather as a boy. Schooled within the King's Courtyard where the royal musicians played for the royalty, the young Samite was permanently instilled within the rhythms and patterns of the traditional music of his people. Recognizing his talents, a teacher at his high school in Kampala put a western flute in his hands and helped Samite to become one of the most highly acclaimed master flautists in East Africa. He would subsequently go on to master the kalimba (thumb-piano) and litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan harp).

Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 PM Bakithi Kumalo Admission is $15 Bakithi Kumalo, who grew up in Soweto, South Africa first came to the attention of the American public following the release of Paul Simon's “Graceland" in 1986. His precise and sinuous bass lines went far beyond simply marking time and thundered out a countdown for the dismemberment of apartheid. He loves to perform for a live audience and is delighted by the generous turnouts for his shows. “I try to be different every time," he says, “When I play on stage, I make sure I don't play the same thing I played yesterday. I try to update my playing and come up with some new things."

Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM Julie Gold Admission is $15 Julie Gold is a New York City songwriter best known for writing the song “From A Distance”, which was recorded by Bette Midler and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1991. She has also written songs for Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone (who used gold’s song Heaven as her grand finale in her one woman show on Broadway), Kathy Mattea, The Byrds, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, James Galway, Lea Salonga, Cliff Richard, Frances Black and many others. As a performer, Julie has been winning audiences over with her gracious wit and generous spirit. Regardless of the size of the venue, when Julie Gold performs her audience is made to feel as if they are being given a private concert in Julie’s own living room.

Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 PM Moh Aliileche Admissino is $12 Since his days of running free as a child in the Mountains of the Kabylia region of Algeria, Moh Aliileche taught himself to play traditional Amazigh (Berber) music on a hand-made-single-stringed instrument, evolving later to the North African 10-silkstringed mondol. Forced to learn Arabic and French in school, Moh's music became a way for him to communicate in his native Tamazight. His talent on the mondol grew along with a passion for his homeland. Since his move to the USA in 1990, Moh has a captivated many American audiences with his authentic style. He has participated in a variety of events, including San Diego State International Festival UC Berkeley International Spring Festival, and San Francisco World Music Festival.

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM Kris Delmhorst and Cindy Bullens Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door Cindy Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee who's 25 year career in the music business has included working with Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and many others.

Wednesday, May 18 at 9:30 PM Chris Berry and Panjea Admission is $12 Panjea is a high energy dance band that originated its grooves in the ghettos of Zimbabwe. The bands first break came in 1992 when Panjea recorded its first hit Album “Vanhu Vamwe", that remained number one on the Zimbabwean charts for nearly the whole year. It was also during this time that Panjea played to thousands in sell-out stadium shows. Audiences flocked to see American born Chris Berry dancing and singing in Shona for at the time no-one believed it was a white man who sang out to them over the radio waves. After sweeping success in Africa, Panjea hit the international scene adding new members and fusing new sounds from around the globe. African Rhythms were crossed with funk beats, Ancient Mbira (thumb piano) melodies were overlain with soulful jazz inspired horn lines and African melodies became the vehicle for Berry's deeply inspired parable like English lyrics. The end result of this fusion being a unique music that dances the body, sends the soul soaring and takes the mind to a place of positive introspection.

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 PM Kate Campbell with special guest Jake Armerding Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door For more than a decade, Kate Campbell has been one of the most clear-eyed, poetic and revelatory chroniclers of the Southern experience in popular music. Blessed with an angelic voice, unsinkable tunefulness, a master storyteller’s eye for detail plus the even-handedness to examine life’s blossoms and bruises, Campbell has assembled a body of work unsurpassed in consistency or soulful artistry. On vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle, Jake Armerding is building a national reputation as one of the finest recent songwriters and multi-instrumentalists to hit the acoustic music scene.

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM Amy Rigby with special guest Brian Joseph Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door Since her debut album Diary Of A Mod Housewife in 1996, Amy Rigby has been compared to everyone from Elvis Costello to Carole King but “has no peer on the current pop scene” according to the Chicago Reader. Rigby’s fourth solo album Til The Wheels Fall Off, released on Signature Sounds in April 2003, has been called “her best since her first,” (MOJO magazine) and “her best and most revelatory since Mod Housewife” (Winston-Salem Journal). In February of 2000, Brian Joseph abandoned all the glamorous trappings of life as a Los Angeles actor for the glory and prestige of being a full-time folk singer. In response to the demands of an increasingly pushy fan base, Joseph returned to his first love: music. In 1999, he released his debut recording Somewhere It’s True, a collection of original, jazzy folk compositions. The CD was very warmly received, with Disc Jockey Bob McWilliams (Trail Mix, KANU-FM) even going as far as to say that it was “…one of the best debut albums by anyone I have ever heard. Period.”

Friday, May 20 at 10:00 PM Latin Dance Fridays: Zone del Barrio Admission is $15 Zone del Barrio expresses the musical soul of the barrios by playing bomba, plena and salsa in the style of Puerto Rico's most popular folkloric and salsa exponent, Cortijo y su Combo. Cortijo's band broke through the color barrier in Puerto Rico in the late '50s and Zone del Barrio is a tribute to those efforts and a celebration of Afro-Puertorican music. Zone del Barrio updates Carijo’s folklore while mixing the music with today's urban, bilingual and bicultural lifestyle. With Spanglish lyrics, a touch of funky hip-hop, and boogalu, this group stands out above the rest because of its distinctive arrangements, original tunes with substantive content and diverse repertoire.

Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 PM Phil Roy Admission is $15 According to the New York Times, singer-songwriter Phil Roy “accomplishes a delicate emotional surgery that countless troubadours have tried but few have been able to carry off. In the most direct language and without irony…[Roy] describes personal experiences of love, loss and spiritual revelation with a naked honesty untainted by narcissism.”

Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 PM New African Production Presents King Ibu Admission is $20 King Ibu hails from Podor, a small town in Senegal, where he picked up the guitar at the age of twelve, starting a special relationship with music. In 1996 Ibu moved to Los Angeles, CA and started a band named Goree. Since the release of his first solo album, Gaynde, in 2001, King Ibu has been performing solo acoustic shows with his band at venues across the U.S.

Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 PM Ensemble East Admission is $15 Ensemble East is a traditional Japanese chamber music ensemble of Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi and Voice. From tales of the Geisha, to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition. Modern solo and ensemble music brings contemporary relevance to their programs. Concerts are enlivened with commentary and discussion of the text and historical background. A unique innovation by Ensemble East is the option of supertitles, English translations of the Japanese poetry, that are projected during the performance.

Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30 Abu Gara Admission is $12 Musical ensemble Abu Gara, founded by multi instrumentalist and composer Jeff Peretz, promote harmony and unity through musical expression. Exploring the Dry World (North Africa, The Middle East, Persia and Anatolia) and its ancient musical history, Abu Gara's music is a journal of Peretz's travels throughout the region. An innovative blend of Middle Eastern rhythms and Western harmonies as vehicle for improvisation is what gives Abu Gara its unique voice. An in demand guitarist, udist and producer, Peretz has performed and recorded with everyone from rapper Jay-Z to percussion master Zohar Fresco.

Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 PM Yeni Raký Admission is $10 Named after raký, the irresistible Mediterranean liquor known as “ouzo" in Greece and “araq" in the Arab world, the similarly irresistible Yeni Raký peforms popular folk, classical, and contemporary selections from Anatolia and the Balkans. Their songs are simultaneously melancholic and festive, representing the rich universe of Greek, Armenian, Kurdish, Arab, and Turkish musical traditions. Bringing together the indigenous tunes of their homeland and reinventing them in Brooklyn, New York, Yeni Raký’s compositions and interpretations combine the feeling of a joyous wedding night with the refreshing breezes of the Aegean. Founded by a group of graduate students whose energy is infectious, the band has appeared in various venues in New York City since 2002.

Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 PM Sanda Weigl Admission is $15 To call Sanda Weigl's voice “powerful" would be an understatement. With an impressive vocal range, her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never “over the top." Sanda's purpose is not to shock, but rather to communicate the vibrant life force inherent in the music she performs - which she does admirably, with energy and panache. Still, it always comes back to her extraordinary voice. Fresh from a music hunting trip to unmapped Roma (gypsy) villages in Romania, Sanda will perform her standards and new repertoire, entitled “Gypsy in a Tree". Accompanying her this evening will be downtown mavericks Anthony Coleman (piano), Doug Weiselman (clarinet), Brad Jones (bass) and Satochi Takeishi (hand percussion). If you're a fan of vocal ethnic music of any sort, Sanda's performance is something you don't want to miss.

Thursday, May 26 at 9:30 PM Karan Casey CD Release Party Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door Karan Casey has one of the most arresting voices in all of Irish music. Instantly recognizable and compellingly original, Casey’s voice processes strength and defiance while at the same time a gentle grace and vulnerability, which lends itself to the many emotions of her music. The Boston Globe says “like the greatest torch singers, such as Billie Holiday, she makes us believe she is sharing confidences, singing just to us” while The Wall Street Journal says Karan Casey is “one of the true glories in Irish music today.” Long recognized for her ability to grasp the essence of a lyric whether it’s a time-worn traditional song or a modern song fashioned by a contemporary songwriter Casey, understands the power of songs and knows how to bring them to life. So it is only natural that Karan Casey’s new and fourth CD on Shanachie Entertainment, Chasing the Sun, showcases her own exquisite talents as a songwriter. Chasing the Sun highlights six striking originals and continues where Casey left off on her last CD, Distant Shore, which prompted The Washington Post to call her “ The Irish equivalent of Emmylou Harris.”

Friday, May 27 at 7:30 PM Charanga Soleil Admission is $15

**CALENDAR CHANGE** Friday, May 27 at 10:00 PM Latin Dance Fridays: Son Sublime is CANCELED

Friday, May 27 at 10:00 PM Latin Dance Fridays: Folklore Urbano Admission is $15 While professor of jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, in 1998, Pablo Mayor of Folklore Urbano began his personal search... a process of first becoming acquainted with his own Colombian identity, and subsequently with the native music of his country. He now resides in NYC, where his concept of Folkore Urbano was born. Having been intellectually drawn to jazz, but all his life connected spiritually to the musical language of Colombia, Mr. Mayor has been seeking a form of expression that combines both musical worlds. Folklore Urbano combines Afro-Columbian rhythms of Mayor's home country with sophisticated jazz harmonies and form.

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 PM Arthur Kampela Admission is $15 A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/singer/guitarist Arthur Kampela has been described as a “Brazilian Frank Zappa." Coming of age in the post-Bossa Nova 1960s, his music was influenced by the Tropicalismo movement - a politically-oriented fusing of Brazilian traditional and popular music with Western rock. His compositions have been performed at international festivals of New Music, and he has won two major South American composition competitions (Caracas and Uruguay, respectively). His hybrid, pop-friendly music can be heard in clubs, halls and underground venues in Brazil and New York.

Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 PM Imo and One Africa Admission is $15 With performances in more than 55 cities across the United States, Europe and Africa, Imo polished his craft at Fela Kuti’s African Shrine in Lagos. The now New York-based musician made his debut on the international tour circuit, playing Afrobeat music while opening for Fela and Egypt 80. One Africa is a colorful, 14 piece musical outfit that pays tribute to Fela with original afro-beat music. True to form, One Africa features singers, dancers, a horn section, a rhythm section of bass, guitars, keyboard and percussions. Their music often features extended dance pieces rooted in traditional song form, and invokes such basic African elements as call and response, complex rhythms and improvisation.

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