KFAI is proud to sponsor Otaak Band at the Cedar Cultural Center on Wednesday, January 29, at 7:30 pm.
Otaak Band is a collaboration between Miguel Merino (United States) and Ahmed Said Abuamna (Eastern Sudan). At the heart of their sound is an ancient, lyre-like instrument called the masankop, associated with the Beja people of Egypt and Sudan since time immemorial.
Together, they combine traditional East African music with more contemporary influences from North America, and create sounds that are unique and vital. Catch them at The Cedar on their very first North American tour!
West also meets East with the addition of Body Omara as opening act. Comprising guitarist/composer Joseph Damman, bassist Tom Reichert, and drummer Davu Seru, Body Omara performs original music reflecting Damman's love for the funky, soulful "desert blues" of Malian guitar genius Ali Farka Toure, while it also recalls American folk and jazz with catchy, elaborate melodies and swelling improvisations.
More information is available at The Cedar Cultural Center.