Don’t miss an extraordinary musical journey into West Africa
  • Friday 12 July 2013

Sunshine Coast Council presents Keyim Ba’s The African Caravan, a collection of world class West African musicians, for one performance only at The J in Noosa on Saturday 14 September at 7.30pm.

Keyim Ba is a diverse and innovative eight-piece band that has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dance floor.

Keyim Ba brings together several of Australia’s best West African musicians, taking audiences on an exciting musical journey with powerful drumming accompanied by West African melodies on the Kora (West African harp) and guitar.

The Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura, is joined by Yacou MBaye from Senegal on Doun Doun, Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas, Moussa Diakete from Mali, the former guitarist to Salif Keita on lead guitar and Simon Olsen, (Malian roots) of Electric Empire on bass. They will also be joined by well-known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on guitar, Julian Belbachir on percussion and the captivating vocals of Sydney-based singer/song writer, Miriam Lieberman with Rachel Bangoura on the dance floor, completing the picture.

Winner of the Kultour touring grant to tour Australia-wide in 2013, and funded by the Australian Government through the Playing Australia program and Arts NSW.

Cost to attend The African Caravan is $29 for adults and $25 for subscribers and young people 26 years and under. Intermediate to advanced Keyim Ba drumming workshops will also be held at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 14 September for just $20 per person. For show and drumming workshop bookings visit the Box Office located at 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, call 5455 4455 or visit the website.

Reviews

“Keyim Ba is sensational…an Afro-Australian treasure.” Lloyd Bradford Syke

“Their hands were drumming before their feet were walking, and what I wouldn’t give to be able to dance like that! Praised for their outstanding musicianship and harnessing the explosive power of Guinean drumming, dance and song, Keyim Ba infuses the audience with an undeniable urge to move your body!” Anna Georgia, CEO, Free World Films

“....an exuberant, celebratory outfit that literally party their way through the many colours and flavours of Bangoura’s West African background...” Cristina Dio, Diaspora Worldbeat