Levitt AMP Music Series: Kaleta & Super Yamba Band | Donovan Howard
Jul 27, 2018 - Friday / Share

Afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are known for their explosive live shows teeming with danceable rhythms and a vivacious energy that brings out the boogie in audiences from all walks of life.

The Levitt AMP Berea Music Series is a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children’s activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

For more information and to learn how to get involved, go to firstfridayberea.com.

Location: Artisan Village
Address: Artist Circle
Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek—a.k.a. Kaleta—the Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based group weaves together lively, multi-faceted rhythms and groovy basslines beneath bright horns, swirling synthesizers and Kaleta’s smoky vocals. Song lyrics seamlessly glide between languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, “the official language of Afrobeat” according to the band. Vocalist, guitarist, percussionist and producer Kaleta was born in the West African country of Benin Republic and lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria—the birthplace of Afrobeat. He got his start in the late 1970s performing in church and after capturing the attention of world music pioneer King Sunny Ade, was given the opportunity to go on a global tour with the iconic Nigerian musician and later with Fela Kuti though the 1980’s and into the 1990’s. After moving to New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their fresh take on the vintage sounds of his native Benin, taking its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro. Today, the band’s infectious sound and energy has earned them a devoted following and a skyrocketing reputation.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band have erupted onto the music scene with performances at Levitt AMP Greensboro (2016), World Music Institute’s Masters Of African Music Series in New York, Felabration NYC, LEAF Festival, and Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival New York City and more. In a review of their performance at the Emerging Music Festival, online tastemaker Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” With their latest single “Mr. Diva” (2018), Kaleta & Super Yamba continue to treat listeners to an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music.

https://www.superyambaband.com/kaleta/

Donovan Howard

Rockcastle County local, Donovan Howard Singer Songwriter opens the show.

https://www.soundcloud.com/donovan-howard-631639108

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