Dive into Africa's musical melting pot and boogie down to a medley of primal beats + modern sounds.
Vibration Balance: SK Kakraba Band, Sun Araw, Awesome Tapes From Africa, FrostyCenter for the Arts Eagle Rock (2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041) Map it $10
dublab outdoes itself yet again with this evening of West African vibrations and Ghanaian grooves, featuring the “Son of world-renowned master xylophonist Kakraba Lobi, S.K.” playing the gyil with his ensemble, the SK Kakraba Band. Joining in on the musical mash-up is serial experimentalist, Cameron Stallones, aka Sun Araw, whose uncanny knack at assembling sampled loops, echoed vocals, booming bass, jungle beats, and reconfigured Afrobeat, reggae, and funk into a cohesive cacophony of marvelously random medleys has earned him something of an underground cult following. In addition to his stints in The Congos, Magic Lantern, and Not Not Fun supergroup, Vibes, his retro-futurist blend of lo-fi neo-dub and post-psych have won him recognition as a versatile, innovative, and highly-creative musician. As for Awesome Tapes From Africa, the ethnomusicology-inspired project that went viral in the blogosphere embraces tape culture in West Africa, bringing musical artifacts from the cradle of humankind to now-obsolete analog equipment (i.e. "vintage" cassette players) of the digitally-promiscuous West. From Nigerian juju, Moroccan disco, and Congolese rap to Ethiopian new-jack, Tanzanian gospel, and early-90s Senegalese dancehall and mbalax-pop, dive into Africa's musical melting pot--and prepare to dance.
dublab and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock Present...
SK Kakraba Band
Awesome Tapes from Africa
All Ages / $10 / 7pm Doors
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90041
About SK Kakraba:
"Son of world-renowned master xylophonist Kakraba Lobi, S.K. Kakraba Lobi began practicing xylophone at a young age. Specializing on gyil, a Ghanaian instrument constructed of wooden slats placed atop Calabash Gourds, S.K. has become a master musician and craftsman. Upon moving to Los Angeles S.K. met bassist Aaron M Olson and assembled a full band. Get ready to feel the water move inside you as the gyil melodies bring balance to your body and mind." - Holy Page
About the Gyil:
The gyil is an important instrument among the Lobi, Sisala and Dagara people of the Upper regions of Ghana, who employ them for both funerals and festivals and one of the grandparents of the mallet keyboard family. It is made from fourteen wooden slats that are suspended, on a frame, over calabash gourds. Its sound is like the Western marimba, yet more earthen” in character. It is the national instrument of the Lobi and Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte D'Ivoire. Throughout West Africa, the people believe that its “woody” sound comes from a vibration of water that physically balances the water in the bodies of humans and animals.
The gyil is used for everything in life; from weddings and funerals to dances and everyday recreation. Nearly every man and boy in the community can play at least a tune or two on the gyil. Yet the gyil master (an instrument maker as well as a player) studies the instrument for much of his life before he is considered worthy to represent his community at sacred events.
Watch SK Kakraba play the gyil here.
Here SK Kakraba Band here.