Toubab Krewe, the rock quintet from Asheville, NC with a West African musical education, creates "the national music of a country with no name that appears on no map" (JamBase), so it’s appropriate that their latest studio album TK2, will be released by Nat Geo Music September 7th.
A favorite at festivals worldwide from Tennessee’s Bonnaroo to Africa’s Festival au Desert and at packed shows around the U.S., the longtime friends formed the band in 2005 and traveled to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast to study and perform. The band’s name, like their music, is a fusion of cultures: "Toubab" means "foreigner" in Mali’s Bambara language and "Krewe" is a salute to New Orleans.
Toubab Krewe’s 2008 Live At The Orange Peel was rapturously reviewed, winning the group praise from NPR’s All Things Considered for their "amped-up" sound and "gyrating fans," from Afropop Worldwide for setting "a new standard for fusions," and from OkayPlayer for their "lively, improvisational style."
TK2 deepens the Toubab Krewe experience to create an album that is a full-on tripped-out headphones experience as well as a dance party the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-grit frenzy."
With alternately fierce, shimmering, surfadelic and slide-home guitar riffs, polyrhythmic percussion from many nations, the sounds of West Africa’s kora and kamel ngoni, a beat that doesn’t stop and the feel of a band completely confident in its groove, you’ll understand why Blurt raved
"Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock ‘n’ roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation."
Toubab Krewe are Teal Brown (drums), Drew Heller (guitar), Justin Perkins (kora, kamel ngoni, guitar), David Pransky (bass) and Luke Quaranta (percussion).
Toubab Krewe will celebrate their record release with a special performance at Brooklyn Bowl on September 10, 2010