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Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba w/ Orquesta GarDel

March 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CD Release

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba w/ Orquesta GarDel

Fri, March 14, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cat’s Cradle

Carrboro, NC



Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

“Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home.
The repertoire is pure Manding, the centuries-old musical culture of Cissokho’s ancestors. It’s reformulated with modernizing impulses in a rock band format: Agile basslines interweave with the melodic twins of kora and electric guitar, undergirded by an explosive rhythm section of djembe and trapset drums. Kora master Cissokho is also the group’s vocal frontman. His electrifying voice propels songs old and new about timeless themes of mythology, migration and universal love. In fact, “universal love” is a rough translation of “Kaira Ba,” a promise the band communicates live.The kora itself, a jumbo spike-lute with skin-and-gourd resonator, is handed down within families in West Africa. There, it represents a hereditary musical tradition of moral and spiritual gravitas. Cissokho maintains this heritage while walking his own path, playing with youthful fire and acrobatic effect. His North Carolina collaborators—Will Ridenour, Austin McCall, John Westmoreland and Jonathan Henderson—are diversely trained musicians who share a longtime love of African and African-based music.

As a result, Kaira Ba has enjoyed a meteoric rise in its first two years of existence. In 2012, the band recorded Resonance, a shimmering studio album that captures all the drive and intensity of its live performances. The band has quickly become a hot ticket at festivals, museums and music venues across the Eastern U.S., touring as far afield as New York City and Senegal. Wherever they play, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba summon audiences to the dancefloor with a bonanza of euphoric West African grooves, all inflected with funk, soul, rock and music of the Black Diaspora”. ⎯Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

Orquesta GarDel

Orquesta GarDel

Thoroughly multinational but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy Latin dance music experience. The monstrous thirteen-member lineup replicates the format of a classic Nuyorican salsa dura ensemble – a full deck of horn players, percussionists, and coro singers. Rooted in its own arrangements of great salsa, cumbia, and merengue songs, GarDel is not merely a cover band: its debut EP, Lo Que Tú Querías, consists entirely of original compositions, mixing timeless salsa with flavors of edgy jazz and funky Cuban timba. Founded in 2006 by David GARcia, a professor of ethnomusicology at UNC Chapel Hill, and singer Nelson DELgado, OrquestaGarDel’s members straddle multiple generations, combining Latino music veterans with African- and Anglo-American jazzers.
Venue Information:
Cat’s Cradle
300 East Main St.
Carrboro, NC, 27510


March 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cat’s Cradle


Cat’s Cradle
300 E Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510 United States
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