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Toubab Krewe

by Toubab Krewe

Blending Malian, American and "Dirty South" influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe "has set a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music," says Banning Eyre at Afropop Worldwide.
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1. Devil Woman
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2. Bani
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3. Wassoulou / Bani (reprise)
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4. Mali Sadjo
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3:45 album only
5. Asheville to Abidjan
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6. Djarabi
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7. Rooster
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8. Salimou
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9. Hang Tan
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10. Bamana Niya
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Album Notes
Blending Malian, American and "Dirty South" influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe "has set a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music," says Banning Eyre at Afropop Worldwide.

Members of the group developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to West Africa, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with musicians such as Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Madou Dembele and Koungbanan Conde.

The magnetic instrumental quintet formed in early 2005 and has attracted a diverse and devoted national following, captivating crowds everywhere from the Bonnaroo and High Sierra music festivals to the Blue Note and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Their energetic performances and acclaimed self-titled debut have won them praise from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, Afropop Worldwide and more.

What Others Say About this Phenomenal Record:

Village Voice -- Bosler:

" oh man, can these Asheville, North Carolinians play—not just the six-string, but the kora and ngoni too. Their superb self-titled debut melds said Malian styles with American rock and Latin rhythms."

Seven Days -- Casey Rea:

"Toubab Krewe are where Ali Farka Toure and Led Zeppelin meet."

NPR's "World Cafe" -- David Dye:

"Toubab Krewe's sound combines traditional West African rhythms and instruments with classic Southern rock, hip-hop, reggae, country and Latin sounds for a unique listening experience. By not confining itself to one genre, Toubab Krewe has the potential to bring its worldly and unpredictable music to a mainstream audience."

fRoots Magazine (London)-- Ian Anderson: 

"...ladies and gentlemen, possibly the world's first Wassoulou surf guitar on record. The groove they lay down is phenomenal...'"

World Music Central -- Tom Orr:

"Crinkly guitar riffs, freewheeling acoustic and electric solos, chattering percussion and an edgy blend of of authenticity and unpredictability grace tunes both blazing and cool... Alternately hard as diamonds and smooth as silk, this excellent release is one of the best of the year."

The Boston Herald -- Christopher Blagg:

"...expertly meshed surf guitar with Malian rhythmic patterns, a Dick Dale moves-to-Timbuktu experiment in Afro-California fusion."


Teal Brown: Drumset
Drew Heller: Electric Guitar, Soku
Justin Perkins: Kamel Ngoni, Kora, and Electric Guitar
David Pransky: Electric Bass
Luke Quaranta: Percussion


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Henrik Herb

Energy like no other
These guys have it down. One of the few bands out there that can reach a musical climax without improvising and revolving around one instrument. As a unit, they layer their perfect blend of African string instruments and bongos with electric bass, electric guitars and drums. See them live! It's a whole world unto its own, with a musical energy that has no parallel. Rarely will you find yourself dancing vigorously to a band who often playswithout pulsating rythm (although they master that style anyway). Check them out.


Love Groove!
A fantastically layered blend of groove and global soul! LOVE IT!

Richard Craig

This CD change my life!
Who knew North Carolina was a hotbed for west african surf-hop? I caught their set at the Bonnaroo music festival, and I couldnt believe what I heard! I have been listening to the cd non stop since I got it! I am really excited to find out about any tour plans these men may have?! Be on the look out for this hot new quintet!

bethany olivia

listen to the cd and you'll be overwhelmed with an uncontrollable desire to dance. i'd marry toubab krewe collectively if i could. their show in boston was amazing. catch them if you can!


Great CD
This is by far the BEST CD I have bought in the last 2 years !


never heard anything like it before!
saw them at all good and was truly amazed as was the entire crowd! we stood with mouths agape and danced like crazy fools. will go see them whenever i can. buy this cd now!


We sawToubab Krewe at Bonnaroo and we were amazed!!
We saw Toubab Krewe at Bonnaroo and we were amazed!!! We walked Toubab's tent on the way to see another great band and we ended up staying. They were so great that we came back again the next day to hear them again. The CD has not left my car & I have had it for 2 weeks :o)


ab fab, cant find anything sounding so great
ab fab, great interesting music that you will have a hard time finding something similar

Maureen McCarthy

Absolutely loved the sound all the way through.
I have listened to the CD many times and am impatiently anticipating seeing them live. What a remarkable melding of talent that comes together in a very unusual sound. Love it!


There is nothing else like this out there, yet it is so amazing nothing else could measure up. The music is not only soulful, but moving and inspiring. So glad I got this cd.
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