about Toubab Krewe
With plans to release its much anticipated sophomore album and tour extensively in the U.S. and Europe, 2008 promises to be an incredible year for the fast-rising band credited with "setting a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worlwide).
Since forming in early 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has been credited with bridging the gap between West African and American music unlike any group before them, quickly winning a diverse and devoted following at top venues such as the Bonnaroo and Vegoose festivals to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Their live shows and self-titled debut album have won international acclaim from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, fRoots, NPR and more.
The members of Toubab Krewe developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries such as Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Madou Dembele and Koungbanan Conde. In 2007 the band played at the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, known as the most remote festival in the world.
Toubab Krewe kicked 2008 off with a run of sold out shows in the Southeast and several performances on the Jam Cruise festival as it sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Honduras and Mexico. The band will spend much of the winter finishing up its as yet untitled new album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller before embarking on a supporting spring and summer tour throughout the U.S. and Portugal (dates TBA).
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