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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

10/18: Fra Fra Sound at Nighttown

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM

If you like your music labeled, Fra Fra Sound will leave you scratching your head. Call the Amsterdam-based group world music, call them jazz, call them anything you want. Formed 29 years ago, the septet takes their name from the Surinamese “Fra Fra,” meaning “mysterious” or “hybrid.” The Afro-Caribbean band is touring behind their latest CD, Dya So, an amalgam of high-life, rai, island chicken-scratch, funk, percussion virtuosity and an ever-shifting, ever-surprising front line. Voices bring you into a sunny marketplace on “Along the Crossroad.” For a contemporary strutter’s ball, try the funky, splashy “Omolareso.” For a sexy cha cha, try “Le Nouveau Mande.” Want to step inside the rhythm? “Bosumede” will guide you. While the heart country of Fra Fra Sound is Africa, their sound and approach are decidedly and exhilaratingly international. Founded by bassist Vincent Henar, Fra Fra Sound’s latest spotlights the tunes of saxophonist Efraim Trujillo, who sparkles on soprano on “Nahawi,” the album’s sweetest track. Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., 216.795.0550) better clear a gang of tables so people can dance when Fra Fra Sound hits the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. — Carlo Wolff

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