The incredible JAALEEKAAY bring their brand new album home to the Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Saturday April 23rd, 8pm!
“Jaaleekaay’s cultural cross pollinated harmony and rhythms are a match made in heaven. A place where voice, guitar, kora and percussion dance in effortless unity.” -John Butler
Jaaleekaay, a West African word in the Wolof language meaning ‘crossing point’ is the perfect name for the extraordinary musical collaboration between renowned Australian guitarist Steve Berry (Kev Carmody, Shane Howard, Robyn Archer) and two of Gambia’s leading musicians; Yusupha Ngum (vocals) and Amadou Suso (Kora).
This outstanding world music ensemble is a combination that stems from a fortuitous meeting in The Gambia, and makes for an intriguing mix of contemporary musical prowess and deep cultural tradition.
Yusupha is from a griot family and his late father Musa Ngum was one of West Africa’s most renowned singers and proponents of Mbalax musical tradition. Amadou is a direct descendent of Korea Musa Suso, also a griot musician, who first introduced the Kora to the world 760 years ago. Together with Steve they are capturing hearts and minds with a style that continues to build connections between Gambia and the global music scene.
When they first toured Australia two years ago Jaaleekaay received rave reviews and standing ovations at major festivals including the Mullum Music Festival. In partnership with Music Outback Foundation, the trio also visited remote Central Australia, playing and giving workshops at Aboriginal communities in far north South Australia and in the Northern Territory.
Now, in 2016, they have a new self-titled album and are touring Australia in support of its release. Throughout March and April they appear at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, the National Folk Festival and various other east coast venues including Melbourne’s newest and prestigious jazz venue, Bird’s Basement.
Their final performance for this tour, at Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Saturday, April 23rd promises to be a highlight of the 2016 musical calendar.
All Tix & Info: www.redsquaremusic.com.au
Youtube Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL61W5TQl9M
Official Website: www.jaaleekaay.com.au
Seated & Standing event
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
Saturday April 23 2016 MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Mullumbimby Civic Hall