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Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band summer tour

 
Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band  performing at Pier i, Hudson River at 70th Street  in Riverside Park, July 8th part of the Ampified Sundays series.

Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band  performing at Pier i, Hudson River at 70th Street  in Riverside Park, July 8th part of the Ampified Sundays series.

The collaboration between Kaleta and the Super Yamba band is off and running. This show, At New York City's Riverside Park Ampified Sundays series, marked the start of the band's summer tour. Kaleta's magnetic presence and rough hewn bluesy vocals  anchored lushly layered rhythms and constantly shifting instrumentation throughout the set. 

Feature 1Kaleta and the Super Yamba band kicked off 

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The Super Yamba band includes four members, DanielYount (drums) Evan Frierson (candombe,talking drum) Walter Fancourt (tenor sax) and Sean Smith (trumpet) moved to New York City from Greenville, North Carolina. In Greenville, in a band called A Brand New Life  they explored the music of Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou and still play music inspired by the that era in Benin (Vodun Funk and Afrobeat) including Mr. Diva a single from their upcoming album

 

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 He approached Sunny Ade and asked to join the band, which he did and played from 1979-1983 primarily as a guitarist. He later toured with Fela Kuti's band from 1987-1991 including a US tour that brought him to New York, where he settled. Here has been leading bands (Zozo Afrobeat, Akoya Afrobeat) and touring with Lauren Hill and Majek Fashek since that time.

 
Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band at Pier I in Riverside Park, July 8th

Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band at Pier I in Riverside Park, July 8th

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Kaleta,  (Leon Ligan-Majekodunmi) said he first heard the band almost a year ago and they were playing the music that made him want to be a musician. Born in Benin, he grew up in Nigeria Kaleta credits his older brother with introducing him to the music of Johnny Pacheco and Demis Roussos.

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 This video documents one of their first shows together, from August 19th 2017 in NYC's Bryant Park:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT8KlladqHc

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