Toubab Krewe kicks off U.S. Summer Tour
Toubab Krewe is currently on their U.S. Summer Tour which will run into September with shows from coast to coast, including performances at the Wakarusa, High Sierra, 10,000 Lakes, Floyd Fest and Wall to Wall Guitar festivals.
The band started 2007 at the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, known as the most remote festival in the world. Afropop Worldwide covered the Malian tour extensively, declaring that the band has "set a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music."
Toubab Krewe followed the tour of West Africa with a spring tour of the U.S., playing several dates with Toots and the Maytals and shows at the Langerado Music Festival, SXSW Music Festival and Merlefest, where members of the band performed with Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).
Since forming in early 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has been credited with bridging the gap between West African and American music unlike any group before them, winning a diverse and devoted following and international acclaim from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, Relix, fRoots, NPR and more. Members of the group developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries such as Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Madou Dembele and Koungbanan Conde.
The band is currently working on their sophomore album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, slated for an early 2008 release.
Toubab Krewe tour dates available HERE.