UPDATE: Saturday’s free line-up has been moved from Greene Square Park to CSPS because of forecasted rain.
From the northeast region of Ghana, The African Showboyz bring a unique blend of African drum, dance and adrenaline. Members Napoleon, Joseph, Moses, Isaac and JJ Sabbah are all brothers from the tiny village of Binaba. Here the drum is a cultural symbol in child birthing, naming, marriage and funeral ceremonies, as well as festivities marking the planting and harvesting of crops. Dance is a story told.
Using traditional instrumentation (including the bind douk, bin bill and tonton sanson), the group incorporates traditional dances that were simply jaw-dropping to watch live. “The driving rhythm of the drums accompanied by the poetic voices of the Sabbah brothers was absolutely mesmerizing,” said MusicMauraders.com.
As a group, they have performed with Stevie Wonder, Karl Denson, Babatunde Oluntunji, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Steel Pulse, Arrested Development, and most recently in the U.S. with the Mickey Hart Band. The African Showboyz will release their debut album, Celebrate, in the spring of 2013.
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