Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

The Haw River Ballroom Presents

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Zansa

Fri, June 6, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Haw River Ballroom

Saxapahaw, NC

$10.00 - $12.00

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba ecstatically explore the spiritual songs, stories, and rhythms of Senegal’s millenia-old Mandé culture. Indeed, Cissokho comes from a long line of prominent griots, or storytellers, who are entrusted to maintain a West African village’s most important ceremonial affairs through song. But he is much more than a preservationist. Cissokho and his band, Kaira Ba, effortlessly integrate the traditional sounds of the kora with a modern rush of electric guitar and an exuberant rhythm section. Together, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba sustain one of West Africa’s most expressive legacies with their own energetic interpretations. ⎯ Grayson Haver Currin
Zansa
Zansa
The music of Zansa (a Nouchi slang word from the Ivory Coast meaning combination, or blend) is an amalgamation of African folk songs and traditional rhythms with modern afropop and zouglou styles. (Zouglou music first developed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the 1990s as a dance-oriented street music.) Rooted in the West African drumming tradition Dembele was born into, Zansa's sound utilizes drumset, percussion, guitars, and violin. The product presents a modern approach that lends familiarity to foreign sounds. The result is an original take on the authentic sounds of West Africa.
Zansa is led by 33rd generation djembe player Adama Dembele, whose musical career began in the late '90s when he started drum and dance group Djembeso in his homeland of the Ivory Coast. He adapted traditional songs and rhythms, eventually melding them into his own style. After moving to Asheville, NC, in 2005, Dembele has continued to develop and expand his sound, singing in multiple languages- French, Baoule, Bamara, and English.
Venue Information:
Haw River Ballroom
1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road
Saxapahaw, NC, 27340
http://www.hawriverballroom.com/