FREE AfroPop concert October 29th
Local AfroPop Sextet to back Bolokada
Six of the Summit City’s most accomplished musicians will back visiting artist Moussa Bolokada Conde when he performs in concert on Saturday, October 29, 7:30PM. The FREE concert is in the Auer Performance Hall, at IPFW’s Rhinehart Music Center.
Bolokada will perform with the Summit City AfroPop Sextet, featuring Abass Camara on vocals, and the traditional Malinké dunun drums and bolon; Jim Steele on keyboards, Clif Wallace on drums, and Brian Derek on bass rounding out the rhythm section. Bringing the melody are Phil Shurger on guitar and Matt Cashdollar on sax.
AfroPop is a catchall term encompassing the rich variety of contemporary African music styles—typically urban, electric dance music. As each of Africa’s 54 countries lays claim to dozens of distinct languages and musical traditions, Afro-Pop is a blanket description of the continent’s many diverse styles, from Algerian rai to Senegalese mbalax to East African taarab.
Camara who arranged the music with the local sextet, said he and Bolokada want to show the popular Guinea AfroPop and how it is connected to the jenbé and dunun tradition. Concert selections will include the music of Salif Kéita, Sekouba Bambino, Ibro Diabaté, and Kerfala Kanté, among others. Working with these accomplished players, “This promises to be an evening of tradition and eclectic contemporary AfroPop not to be missed,” said Oladuwa.