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Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band
Saturday, October 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$28.75
LIVE!!! Their spring US Tour has been hailed unanimously as “show of the year” by anyone who had the privilege to see them live.
Touring on the success of their latest LP — Sonbonbela, the third LP released by Sublime Frequencies with the band, recorded in 2022 in the Republic of Burkina Faso. The group continue to hone their trademark fusion of Mandingue and afro-beat styles. The Mandingo Band are a hit machine, sculpting seven new tracks of near Beefheart/Magic Band dynamics, Fela inspired groovers dusted out in the Sahel zone, rather than the humidity and sweat of Lagos, creating one of the most original and propulsive musical statements to come from the contemporary West African cultural juggernaut. As with previous releases, the band features the legendary guitar pyrotechnics of Issouf Diabate, truly one of the greatest West African (or Earth for that matter) guitarists of the last forty years. The band is completed by a near bottomless barrel of artistry from the Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso musical talent pool. On bass guitar, Wendeyida Ouedraogo and on drums Abbas (Doudou) Kabore. Leading the charge again is the captain himself, Mamadou Sanou on the Doso Ngoni featuring one of the most distinctive voices of the modern era. The opposite of the banal trends of auto-tune that have pervaded most of West African popular music, Baba’s voice still impresses with its gravel and grit, showcasing a range that is ancient and defiant in equal measure. This LP and the power of the band’s live concerts showcase a non-stop hit parade of afro-beat bangers destined to light dance floors and living rooms ablaze!!!