KFAI celebrates the start of spring pledge drive with a live broadcast of the Gangbé Brass Band live from the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday, April 14th from 8-11pm. You can support KFAI Radio Without Boundaries by becoming a member now.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Cedar Cultural Center
Broadcast on KFAI from 8pm-11pm
For tickets and information go to www.thecedar.org.
In the band’s dizzyingly gorgeous horn lines, rolling vamps carry sunny African chorales, and polyrhythmic voodoo grooves host harmonies that slide in all directions at once. The music just plain sings.” —New York Times
Hailing from the West African nation of Benin, the eight-piece Gangbé Brass Band (the sound of metal) assembles trumpets, saxes, trombones, sousaphone, and metal bell percussion that exemplifies the amalgam of musical inspiration percolating in the region. Their horn arrangements belie a gamut of influences, from Nigerian Afrobeat and American jazz to Cuban mambo and New Orleans marching bands. Singing in multiple indigenous languages in addition to French, the band creates rhythms firmly rooted in the voodoo culture of their ancestors—an inspired sound that personifies the global nature of Africa now. Copresented with the Walker Art Center.
Jack Brass Band opens for Gangbé Brass Band.
This performance will be broadcast live on KFAI -90.3FM Minneapolis and 106.7FM Saint Paul.