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Zansa & The Secret B Sides w/ Kairaba
Asheville Music Hall
Asheville, NC
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Zansa & The Secret B Sides w/ Kairaba
Genre: Afropop/World & R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop
Cover: $8adv/$10d.o.s.
Ages: 21+
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The music of Zansa (a Nouchi slang word from the Ivory Coast meaning combination, or blend) is an amalgamation of African folk songs and traditional rhythms with modern afropop and zouglou styles. (Zouglou music first developed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the 1990s as a dance-oriented street music.) Rooted in the West African drumming tradition Dembele was born into, Zansa's sound utilizes drumset, percussion, guitars, and violin. The product presents a modern approach that lends familiarity to foreign sounds. The result is an original take on the authentic sounds of West Africa.

Zansa is led by 33rd generation djembe player Adama Dembele, whose musical career began in the late '90s when he started drum and dance group Djembeso in his homeland of the Ivory Coast. He adapted traditional songs and rhythms, eventually melding them into his own style. After moving to Asheville, NC, in 2005, Dembele has continued to develop and expand his sound, singing in multiple languages- French, Baoule, Bamara, and English.

Zansa is currently in the studio working on their debut album.


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The Secret B-Sides have been slowly, but steadily gaining momentum in Asheville and it's surrounding region for over four years with progressive styles of Soul and R&B music. In spring of 2011, the B-Sides released their first, full-length, studio album, 'Flowers & Chocolate', to significant acclaim. Now, a year later, the stage is set for the upcoming release of 'Easy Magic', a five-song EP for spring of 2012! The B-Sides sound has garnered such descriptions as "solid gold baby making music", "slinky funk", and "flirtatious".


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Kairaba plays music inspired by the ancient West-African griot tradition and is composed of Senegalese griot musician Diali Keba Cissokho, with North Carolinians John Westmoreland, Jonathan Henderson, Austin McCall and Will Ridenour. The band formed after Diali moved to North Carolina and began to look for musicians who shared his love and passion of creating music based on Manding tradition, but flavored with local and personal styles. The outcome of this collaboration is an infectious sound reminiscent of West African dance bands full of unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos and polyrhythmic frameworks. With lyrics in Manding, Wolof, and English, Kairaba illuminates it's listeners with stories of ancient and modern West Africa and how they relate to today's universal experiences and emotions felt by everyone, regardless of origin.


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Asheville Music Hall (View)
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
United States


Music > R&B
Music > World

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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