The country first heard them on January 20, 2009, when Jabali Afrika performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. But this polyethnic band has played to Minneapolis audiences before, most recently at the Blue Nile.
Now they will present a memorable show at the Cedar Cultural Center. Sure, they hail from Kenya and their appearance, sound, and energy characterizes their roots, but they’ve moved far beyond the traditional music of their homeland.
They incorporate their native Kenyan sounds along with a mélange of rhythms and accoutrements from other parts of Africa as well as America, which they’ve toured extensively. Concert goers can expect the band’s high-energy performance to move everyone with feet into dancing mode.
The show opens with the inimitable Innocence from Tanzania. Doors at 7:00, show at 8:00.
For tickets, visit The Cedar Cultural Center website.