Blending Malian, American, and "Dirty South"
influences into a genre all its own, Toubab Krewe "has set a new
standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music,"
says Banning Eyre at Afropop Worldwide. Members of the group
developed their unique sound over the course of numerous
extended trips to West Africa, where they immersed themselves in
the local culture and studied and performed with masters such as
Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Madou Dembele, and Koungbanan Conde.
The magnetic instrumental quintet formed a year ago and has
attracted a diverse and devoted national following, captivating
crowds everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Blue
Note to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The
band's energetic performances and acclaimed self-titled debut
have won them praise from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, and
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