Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15 is just killing it with the concerts. This one is going to be wild fun and non-stop dancing.
Benyoro is playing again at Buddhist House, so come out and dance to
some damn groovy rhythms! (They will be performing both an amplified
set and an acoustic one with more traditional instruments! Woohooo!!)
“African music in America at its very finest! An all-star group.”
– NPR’s Afropop Worldwide
In the Bamana language of Mali, Benyoro means meeting place, and
that’s exactly what this group is. It’s about the meeting of
traditional and modern instruments, Malian and American musicians, and
centuries-old songs and modern arrangements.
In Benyoro’s music, the sonorous, stately melodies of traditional
jeliya (praise-singing) are sped up and reconfigured into infectious
grooves, but even in the midst of all the movement, the reflective
core of the music remains. With this meeting of meditative tradition
and raucous dance music, Benyoro is a celebration of the communal and
universal nature of West African music.
Benyoro brings together members of diverse projects such as Toumani
Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread,
Toubab Krewe, and Peter Apfelbaum’s New York Heiroglyphics. The band
members hail from exotic locales such as Mali, Martinique, and
Wisconsin, and consist of Patrice Blanchard on bass, Andy Algire on
drums, Idrissa Koné on taman (talking drum), Luke Quaranta on djembe,
Yacouba Sissoko on kora (West African harp), and Sam Dickey on
Come join us on Friday and celebrate life/music/everything.
Place: Buddhist House
Time: 9pm-2am (partayyy!) student opener at 9, Benyoro to follow.
Event Link: Going? Going!