Saturday night TransAtlantic Festival is presented in partnership with Afro Roots World Music Festival.
Vieux Farka Toure
US Debut of Symbi Roots
Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane was born in London, raised in Sudanbefore his family took up political refuge in Utah, and now lives inBrooklyn. His sound is anuplifting mix of deep grooves, funk and West African pop – joyous, but sociallyconscious. His new release Life and Livin’ It! is feel good musicfor trying times. Sinkane and his band spent 2015 on the road, touring theacclaimed Mean Love album. During thesame period, he also led The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-pieceoutfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro WilliamOnyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of HotChip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazzmusicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over theplanet. “Those 14 months really changed my life,” Ahmed says. “Not only did Ilearn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closeras a band.”
Vieux Farka Touré
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, VieuxFarka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendaryMalian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux Farka Touré continues to explorethe fertile musical links between Malian music and American blues. His musicalcollaborations include legends of African music and far beyond, including DaveMatthews, Idan Rachel, Julia Easterlin. Vieux began his career in 2001; by June 2010, he performed atthe opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa andreleased his first album. He is known for dazzling crowds with his dexterity onthe guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of whichcaptivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers(though Vieux does speak 8 languages).
Rara is a uniquely Haitian horn and percussion-fueled festivalmusic, whose massive processions are featured at street parties and carnivalcelebrations throughout Haiti and the diaspora. The music builds on a voudou tradition both celebratory andsacred – and is always a ‘guy thing’. Enter Symbi Roots, the groundbreaking all-female rara bandled by bandleader Dieuvela Etienne out of her cultural center inPort-au-Prince. The group presentsrara in a fresh context, building on the traditions of the style and adding inelements of chanson, jazz and pop. The girls of Symbi Roots have joined ArcadeFire for a show-stopping finale at Jacmel Carnival, they have taken theirunique show to France and the Caribbean, and now they make their US debut atTransAtlantic Festival.
Sinkane / Vieux Farka Toure / Symbi Roots