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 pmCrescent Ballroom
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!https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1504824/
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!
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 are dedicated to preserving the true values of hip-hop, in which the Emcee is the modern griot, and jazz, creative music for the people rather than a museum. Their original compositions span from club-bangers to slow-jams and anything in between, all the while rooted in an infectious groove sure to keep your head nodding and feet moving as it resonates through your body and soul.
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.