About Cha Wa
Cha Wa features legendary Mardi Gras Indian singer Eric “Yedi” Boudreaux on lead vocals, Joe Gelini on Drums, Colin Lake on Lap Steel, Bill Richards on Bass, and August Jepson on Congas.
Cha Wa merges the sounds of Mardi Gras Indians chanting on the streets of New Orleans with the meditative drone of early blues.
The band’s name comes from a slang phrase used by Mardi Gras Indian gangs in New Orleans. If you have ever walked the infamous street corner of Second & Dryades on Mardi Gras Day, you may have heard the call of the spy boys confidently yelling “Cha Wa,” meaning, “we’re coming for ‘ya!”
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