HERE'S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE KINDS OF PROGRAMS WE HOST IN OUR SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT:
The Senegal-America Project featuring Bideew Bou Bess, Impulse Ensemble, Massamba Diop, Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan and Jo Sallins
Friday, February 21st. 8pm $15. At The Vermont Jazz Center, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, #222, Brattleboro, VT.
This event is a World Music Festival in itself. From West African Hip-Hop to World Music... from fiery Senegalese talking drums to funky electric bass; from silky electric violin to earthy didgeridoo to Spoken Word.
THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS LINE-UP OF ADVENTUROUS MUSICIANS...So don't miss this up-close and personal look at some extraordinary performers doing what they love doing. For a great preview of Bideew Bou Bess check out this video filmed in their home village in Senegal. Just go to: www.tonyvacca.com/senegalamerica/bideewboubess2
Can't make it on the 21st?
Just come on 2/22 for the concert at Smith College to open our four-day residency. It's called
"MUSIC IS OUR REVOLUTION"
Details on this calendar under 2/22.
It features most of the above performers plus ABIODUN OYEWOLE of The Last Poets, MAMADOU NDIAYE of Gokh-bi System, and Ms. TANTRA ZAWADI.
BIDEEW BOU BESS offer something startling: an African brand of Hip-Hop that's not quite like anything else. That's true of most of their music, which possesses equal parts Hip-Hop swagger, big beats, well-sung harmony, and traditional African sounds... It's exhilarating stuff."
James Heflin, The Valley Advocate
More details below under these two dates.