Sunday, April 14 / 9:30 pm-12:00 am
/ $15 – $20
Coming to us all the way from Asheville, NC, Toubab Krewe is an instrumental powerhouse creating a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls African traditions with groove-based rock, trance-inducing jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put in any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original. Beyond their groundbreaking paradigm, this approach is fueled by authentic tools of the trade. Lush, complex melodies are expertly evoked from African string instruments such as kora and kamel ngoni. Cascades of exotic percussion in lockstep with bass and drums forms a driving, multi-layered foundation of hypnotic rhythms.
Touring the country since forming in 2005, they have honed their craft onstage at the country’s largest music festivals such as Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest and Hulaween. Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group’s travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they’ve learned instead of simply recreating tradition. We are extremely blessed to be able to absorb this torch-bearing phenomenon in a setting as intimate as the Crazy Horse.