Seven member ensemble Africa Brass presents their next upcoming event: "Africa to Armstrong", which celebrates the musical legacy and cultural history of New Orleans
Online PR News – 14-November-2013 – New Orleans, La. – Africa Brass, featuring the talents of Troi Bechet and Tim Green, is honored to present “Africa to Armstrong,” a riveting journey through New Orleans’ music and cultural history and a uniquely sensational experience shared by locals and visitors alike!
When: Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 8pm
Where: The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door
Purchase Tickets Now: http://bit.ly/africa2armstrongtix
“Africa to Armstrong” Sneak-Peek: http://bit.ly/1aBOHj9
Contact Sheri Moria at (504) 920-9595 for further media inquiries.
Africa to Armstrong: Concept, History & Inspiration:
The 300 year history of New Orleans is intimately intertwined with the culture of enslaved Africans who built this city and whose influence is at the root of the music, food, folkways, dance, languages, and religion found in New Orleans and in Louisiana’s tapestry as a whole.
In a conversation between Senegalese filmmaker Joseph Gai Ramaka and African percussionist Jeff Klein, Ramaka stated that second line parades existed in his home region of Senegal, West Africa. The use of animal horns and large palm fronds in African parades inspired what would later become brass instruments and parasols in New Orleans second line parades. Ramaka also encouraged Jeff to pursue his goal in creating a music ensemble dedicated to capturing the intimate and essential relationship between West African and New Orleans music.
One important element that flows through this show is the “Bamboula” rhythm/dance (also a type of African drum), which originated in Africa, and was popularized by slaves during the 18th century in Congo Square. Creole composer Louis Gottschalk was inspired by that rhythm/dance when he wrote the classical piece titled “The Bamboula”. The bamboula beat can still be heard in much of New Orleans present day music.
Another inspiration can be found in the show title itself: Louis Armstrong spent a great deal of time in Africa and was profoundly inspired by his visit to his ancestral home. For example, Armstrong took the African tune, “Skokiaan,” made it a stateside hit, and Africans were thrilled to have Louis Armstrong visit his homeland as 100,000 fans turned out for his afternoon performance on a work day!
What You’ll Hear: The “Bamboula” rhythm is the backbeat, the thread that ties the show together and will be heard in many of the songs, including “Africa,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Congo Square,” Sidney Bechet’s “Under Creole Moon,” and Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “Skokiaan,” just to name a few! This musical journey also includes Mardi Gras Indian, Gospel, Brass Band, and Creole influences.
Join Africa Brass Saturday, December 7th at 8 p.m. at The Old U.S. Mint as they celebrate the musical legacy of New Orleans from its origins in Africa, to Congo Square, to Louis Armstrong. “Africa to Armstrong” is a must-see for anyone who loves The Big Easy!
Look Into Africa Brass: Imagine a sound composed of West African drumming connecting with New Orleans Brass and ultimately falling in love with Jazz--hear it yet? This is Africa Brass, embodying the most innovative, globally inspired marriage of Brass, drums, and Jazz and creating a musical experience unlike any other! It features top New Orleans musicians Tim Green Troi Bechet, and Antonio Gambrel.
About the Organization:
Founded in 2007, artist-run organization AfricaNOLA’s mission is simple: to “promote, preserve, perpetuate, encourage, and share” West African culture to the people of New Orleans through the performance of West African music, American Jazz and New Orleans brass band music. AfricaNOLA’s musical ensembles are also available for educational workshops and cultural performances.
To learn more about AfricaNOLA, visit their website at Africanola.org. Contact director Jeff Klein at 504-344-1080 to learn more or for media inquiries.