Multi-reed bandleader & composer Yacine Boulares was turned on to the infectious rhythms of Cameroon, leading to the record Ajoyo - a delightful hybrid of expressive vocals with a strong dose of afro-beat. Surrounding himself with an international cast of musicians, Boulares composed a series of songs based around West African polyphonies leaning toward a jazz sensibility presented by featured vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles. Charles adds a silken charm to the music, exhibiting why she is a rising star.
The real joy in this ensemble is how they flow seamlessly throughout the record in the true sense of an interconnected ensemble. With a blend of European and African cross cultural players in the lineup, the music exudes sophistication.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30pm at CCAC's Clifford Brown Performance Center, 705 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Early bird tickets $18 (purchase before 10/15); General admission $23. Purchase at CCACDE.org
This engagement of AJOYO is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.