PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA wsg/ THE STAKES + AROUNA DIARRA

PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA wsg/ THE STAKES + AROUNA DIARRA

AROUNA DIARRA, THE STAKES, THE GEIBRAL ELISHA MOVEMENT, SCHOOL OF HIP HOP JAZZ CAMP BAND

Sat, July 29, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10

This event is 21 and over

PAO! is bringing the party to Crescent Ballroom... Special guests dot the bill this evening including AROUNA DIARRA + THE STAKES + THE GEIBRAL ELISHA MOVEMENT + featuring extra-special guests THE SCHOOL OF HIP HOP JAZZ CAMP BAND! Greet the heat, don't miss a beat!!

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra - PAO! - is committed to the global unification of all peoples through creativity, collaboration and celebration.

PAO! proudly carries the musical and social torch that was first lit by the powerful duo of FELA KUTI and TONY ALLEN, original inventors of the Afrobeat sound. Led by funky heiress Camille Sledge, the 16-strong orchestra is comprised of the most ambitious and outrageous musicians in Phoenix today - making it the hottest super-group on the hot city scene!

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PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA
PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra - PAO! - is committed to the global unification of all peoples through creativity, collaboration and celebration.

PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA [PAO] proudly carries the musical and social torch that was first lit by the powerful duo of FELA KUTI and TONY ALLEN, original inventors of the Afrobeat sound. Led by funky heiress Camille Sledge, the 16-strong orchestra is comprised of the most ambitious and outrageous musicians in Phoenix today - making it the hottest super-group on the hot city scene!
AROUNA DIARRA
AROUNA DIARRA
Arouna was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, a major hub of cultural & artistic significance in West Africa. A griot from the Mandingue culture of West Africa, Arouna Diarra is an accomplished n’goni & balafon player. Performing a tradition of folk songs reflecting topics from war to love for one another, Arouna sings with spirit, nostalgia, and great joy, in his native language, Bambara. Whether performing on stage at Red Rocks, the jungle of Costa Rica, or intimate community settings Arouna and his band bring joy, harmony, and a connection to traditional folk music.

Diarra is a family name associated with the griot. In West African culture, griots are curators of the arts and of history. Their families, like Arouna’s, are composed of musicians, poets, and storytellers. Arouna was destined to bring traditional music into the modern day, further developing it while remaining true to it’s roots.

Performing styles such as Wassalou, Arouna brings a dynamic repertoire to the table, full of timing changes and improvisational prowess. He plays the kamale n’goni, a 14-string harp-like instrument (which he makes himself), with a melodic and percussive sensibility. Arouna's live performances often welcome a diverse group of musicians performing as the AZA Band. Musicians frequently joining Arouna onstage include percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown of Rising Appalachia.

Arouna was a key member of internationally-touring group, Lanaya. He is a founding member of the North Carolina based, West African folk music ensemble, Mandé Foly. Most recently Arouna has been touring the United States with Rising Appalachia, spreading that undeniable West African rhythm and joy.
THE STAKES
THE STAKES
The Stakes have brought new soul to Phoenix's live music scene—no longer is the nation's 6th largest metropolis devoid of the creative union of urban and art musics typical of hubs like New York, Chicago, or Philly. Whether at underground hip-hop jams or concert mashups, this culture thrives in The Stakes' eclectic brand of live hip-hop rooted in an infectious groove sure to keep your head nodding and feet moving as it resonates through your body and soul. Fronted by MCs, Lord Kash & ZeeDubb, backed by Ben Scolaro on keys, Kevin Phillips on drums & Alex Meltzer on bass, the core of this group holds down a heavy groove with no intention to following the norms of pop culture, and taking full advantage of the diverse talent in Arizona, The Stakes collaborate with many musicians, MCs and notable vocalists such as Holly Pyle, who's a lead vocalist on The Stakes Music Volume 1 EP.
THE GEIBRAL ELISHA MOVEMENT
THE GEIBRAL ELISHA MOVEMENT
Geibral Elisha is a masterful entertainer and a virtuoso performer. He has impressed audiences with an astounding technique and imagination with his music. He has had the fortune to play all over Arizona. Some locations include: The Duce, The Rhythm Room, countless private events as well as being featured on local TV programs. In 2015, Geibral traveled to London England. Over the period of a few months he had the opportunity to perform at The Spice Of Life, The Troy Bar, and The Piano Bar. In 2016, he had the privilege of crossing over and making his debut in the world of theatre. He was cast as Jimmy Powers, best friend and accompanist of Billie Holiday, in “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill”. The show had a very successful run at The Phoenix Theatre. Geibral was also the Music Director of the play, and he was nominated for an Arizoni Theatre Award of Excellence for Best Musical Director as well as Best Supporting Actor for his work. Geibral's latest project is called "Rosa Blanca", please feel free to take a listen to the tracks attached below. Thanks for your time.
SCHOOL OF HIP HOP JAZZ CAMP BAND
SCHOOL OF HIP HOP JAZZ CAMP BAND
SOHH PHX is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to HipHop culture. Using the tools of music and 5 Elements of HipHop. Free for all youth 6-19

SOHHPHX develops community progress through artistic expression, while creating an environment of cultural awareness. Introduction of music functions as a tool to combat physical and emotional distress among children of various age groups. Volunteering and community outreach to establish social and economic upward mobility. Create an educational understanding of business practices and entrepreneurial ship with the potential to move forward in a music career. Increase participation of minorities in the arts.
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