Kaleta and Super Yamba Band

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Kaleta and Super Yamba Band

Partials, AlphaTrion

Thu · August 1, 2019

9:00 pm

Aisle 5

$12.00

This event is all ages

Kaleta and Super Yamba Band
Kaleta and Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist and producer from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.
Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country Benin in the 70s and 80s. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk in Benin. Touching on rare grooves such as "Vodoun" and "Sato," Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Kaleta sings in several different languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, "the official language of Afrobeat" he says with a grin.
Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Super Yamba Band's live performances with Kaleta are absolutely explosive. Afropop Worldwide said "their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business." With Kaleta at the helm Super Yamba Band have recently erupted onto stages at Paste Magazine's Emerging Music Festival, World Music Institute's Masters Of African Music Series, Felabration NYC 2017, Millpond Live Festival and more, giving audiences an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music.
Partials
Partials
We make music that works both for the head and the body, songs that are interesting to listen to on headphones in your bedroom, or to dance your ass off to at a party.
AlphaTrion
AlphaTrion
If you’re ever lucky enough to see a finicky crowd transform into a mob of people doing synchronized new jack swing dances, there’s a good chance DJ AlphaTrion’s playing. He’s the guy whose job it is to provide musical motivation for people to spin on their heads. His music may or may not have caused chairs to be thrown in New Orleans -- in a good way.

Based in Zone 6 of Atlanta, AlphaTrion is a staple in the Southeast hip-hop dance scene. He is the go-to DJ for funk and breaks, specializing in applying the roots of hip-hop DJing to the narrative blends of electronic DJing. This means the music stays the centerpiece. He’s like a Bill Nye of beats, moving and educating the crowd across eras and genres, from the newest hits to dance classics to regional club styles like Baltimore club, New Orleans bounce and Chicago juke.

Born Brent Hopkins in the sweltering fringes of Atlanta, AlphaTrion’s tiny 8-year-old brain exploded upon seeing a DJ scratching in the video for “Baby Got Back.” The beginnings were unremarkable: he ruined his mom’s turntable while trying to scratch over his sister’s Bangles single. But in 1999, he saw DJ QBert’s Wave Twisters and bought his own turntables to ruin. And then he joined a drum and bass crew, playing house parties. And then he paid dues. As a longtime b-boy, he saw what worked and didn’t work on the dance floor. He frequently played sets clocking in at over 6 hours for some of the world’s most critical audiences: competitive dancers. Influenced by James Brown, DJ Z-Trip and Liam Howlett, he created his own style and sound. Countless mixtapes, battles and events later, he’s gained the ability to grow a solid beard -- and the experience to make bodies move.

AlphaTrion’s mix of vinyl, digital, classics and forward-facing funk has resulted in his playing across the Southeast and Midwest. He’s a mainstay in Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Diamond D, DJ Scratch and Faust and Shortee. He's had his mixes featured on WRAS 88.5's funk and Drum & Bass shows. He’s been featured by Strife.tv, the world’s premiere street dance video channel. He’s played stages including Evolution, Atlanta’s largest ever b-boy competition; A3C Deuces Wild 45’s Edition, as part of the preeminent hip-hop festival; and Bashville Stampede, where he’s curated music for the all-styles dance competition for the past six years. AlphaTrion continues to blaze the trail for open-styles dance DJs. When he’s not producing disco or breaks re-edits, house or boom-bap inspired hip-hop, he’s still making dance floors get wild. Watch out for flying chairs.
Venue Information:
Aisle 5
1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
http://www.aisle5atl.com/