Toubab Krewe On Tour For “Stylo”, at Ellington Underground, Asheville 4/20-21
Intercontinentally-influenced instrumental quintet Toubab Krewe’s third studio album, Stylo, is out now and the band are embarking on an extensive tour in its support. Toubab Krewe will be at Ellington Underground, Asheville 4/20-21
Asheville-based instrumental quintet Toubab Krewe have just released their third studio album Stylo. The eight-track compilation is a testament to the West African influenced band’s creative abilities to produce genre-bending rhythms and energetic melodies, while also showcasing their incredible technical expertise. In celebration of the release, the band have routed a spring tour which will bring them to Ellington Underground on Friday, April 20th and Saturday April 21st.
On Stylo, the band have fine-tuned their knack for combining West African instruments such as the kora, ngoni, and djembe, with American stringed instruments such as the electric guitar and bass.
Here’s a preview of Stylo, as featured at Relix.com
The eight-track compilation is a testament to the band’s creative abilities to produce genre-bending rhythms and energetic melodies, while also showcasing their incredible technical expertise. The newmaterial is entirely instrumental with the exception of the seventh track “Miriama”. The track, originally made famous by Baaba Maal, made such an impact on the band during their visit to West Africa in 2001 that they decided to create their own rendition of the song. Toubab Krewe’s interpretation features guest vocals recorded in Bamako, Mali from Sekou Bah and Wassa Coulibaly. “Miriama” also features special guests Petit Adama Diarra as well as Lamine Soumano who has been a musical mentor to the band since 2001.
For Stylo, Toubab Krewe partnered with Seed Programs International (SPI) – an Asheville-based non-profit organization, which provides quality seeds and critically-needed expertise to impoverished communities in developing countries. A limited run of 500 Toubab Krewe collector’s seedboxes, which include eight vegetable seed packets plus a download of the album and cover art sticker, were crafted in celebration of this partnership. A portion of all seedbox proceeds goes to SPI.
Known for their unforgettable improvisational performances, Toubab Krewe have mapped out a series of spring tour dates to celebrate their newest release including a Northeast appearance at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (presented by Live for Live Music), and a two-night run in their hometown of Asheville, NC. This summer, fans can catch the band performing on festival stages such as CukoRakko Festival (Birmingham, AL), Sonic Bloom Festival (Spanish Peaks Country, CO), and both weekends of Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI). The band’s currently announced itinerary is below, with more dates and festival appearances coming soon.
For more information on Toubab Krewe, including up-to-date tour information, visit – www.toubabkrewe.com
TOUBAB KREWE (NIGHT 2)
Sat., April 21, 2018 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Confirmed Toubab Krewe 2018 Tour Dates:
# w/ Melvin Seals and JGB
* w/ Africa Unplugged
4/11 – Charleston, SC – Pour House*
4/12 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger*
4/13 – Raleigh, NC – Pour House Music Hall*
4/14 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre*
4/18 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
4/19 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
4/20 – Asheville, NC – Ellington Underground
4/21 – Asheville, NC – Ellington Underground
5/19 – Birmingham, AL – CukoRakko Festival
6/14 – 17 – Spanish Peaks Country, CO – Sonic Bloom Festival
6/21 – 24 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
6/28 – 7/1 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival