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Thursday, March 4, 2010

3/16: Toubab Krewe at the Beachland

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 4:21 PM

If you were to chance upon Toubab Krewe’s intoxicating West African instrumental music without knowing anything about them, there are two facts about the quintet that can’t be conveyed by its captivating sound. First, the group has been together for only five years and released two excellent albums (its eponymous 2005 debut and 2008’s Live at the Orange Peel). Second, Toubab Krewe are a bunch of white guys from North Carolina. Although Toubab’s rhythmic pulse is clearly rooted in the music of Mali and performed on traditional regional instruments like the soku, kora and kamelengoni, the band deftly weaves aspects of psychedelia, electric Southern blues and standard rock instruments into the mix, creating a sonic atmosphere that simultaneously honors and transcends tradition. If Phish had been wordlessly inspired by Mama Africa to jam with passion, precision and wild abandon, plus a sense of the music’s heritage, they might have come close to the ethereal delight of Toubab Krewe. They play the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124), with the Heavy Pets opening at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. — Brian Baker

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