Sat, Feb 10|
Honokaa Peoples Theatre
Wood Dragons! Youssoupha Sidibe, Chris Berryʻs Bana Kuma & Fanye!
Honokaa town will be booming for the intersection of Chinese New Year, Carnival, and Black History Month on Feb 10th, 2024!
Time & Location
Feb 10, 2024, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM HST
Honokaa Peoples Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St, Honokaa, HI 96727, USA
About the Event
From 5-6pm $10 We have Youssoupha Sidibe, a Senegalese West African Kora (African Harp) player. Throw out all your ideas of what a harpist is, Youssoupha breaks out of traditional Kora styles many hundreds of years old, to create a new style that has never been heard before, blending aspects of Reggae and western music. Through many collaborations, and countless performances over the course of 25 years, Youssoupha has developed thousands of fans all over the world. He has performed and recorded with many exceptional musicians.Grammy nominated for his collaboration with Matisyahu (Youth), he has released albums with the late Charles Neville (Tree of Life), Midnite (For All), Steve Kimock, and a duet with Michael Franti (What I be), and performed live with India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident, Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and many others.
From 6-8 ($20) We have Organic Ecstatic, as Chris Berry joins the Bana Kuma Band for eve filled with the polyrythmic harmonies of South Africa, from Djembe & Mbira, Bass Marimba, dueling Dun Duns, hosho shakers, immersive call and response vocals and more. Expect an intricate and transformational collaborative experience that shakes you at the root and embodies the ancient and powerful purpose of music for deeply healing medicine through movement.
Grammy award winner Chris Berry is an eclectic singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and high-energy performer and teacher. Chris has been sharing his Afro-infused sound around the World for over twenty years, releasing over a dozen albums; scoring the soundtrack to three films; and collaborating and performing with some of the World’s best performers (Eminem, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Senegalese Afro-Pop sensation Yousoou N’dour, Cuban Legends Los Munequitos de Mantanzas, Jazz artist Paul Winter, Jamaican rhythm and production duo Sly (Dunbar) and Robbie (Shakespeare), Fugee’s producer Handel Tucker, and many more). Chris began his apprenticeship in California with Master Drummer Titos Sompa, followed by a ten year journey to Africa during the Mugabe Regime in the ghettos and villages of Zimbabwe, studying the music of the Shona people. Chris found his voice in the culture of all-night Mbira Ceremonies, and upon forming the hit band Panjea was encouraged to create his own style fusing Funk with elements of Hip-Hop, Afro-Pop, and traditional African music.
“Chris Berry picked up where Paul Simon left off... The conscious lyrics are a road map for humanity and Chris is one of the few people able to carry this message to a wide audience.”~ Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident
“Carrying the torch for tomorrow”~ Harry Belafonte
“This sh-+ is _-ckin crazy!” - Eminem
Then, from 8-10pm we have Fanye Afro Euphoric led by Gabriel Fara Tolno. Fara is one of the most influential African artists of this generation, actively increasing the professional recognition of African Music and Dance in North America. He brings an innovative perspective, steeped in his knowledge of Guinean culture, while his energetic and compassionate teaching style makes him one of the most sought after drum and dance instructors in the United States. As a solo artist, Fara has performed with many of the world’s premier musicians including Mamady Keita, Burning Spear, Neil Young, Sekouba Bambino, BB King, Otis Taylor, Joe Cocker, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Habibe Koite, and many more. He has been a member of many different bands and assisted with many musical recording projects and shows throughout the nation.
Born in Guinea, West Africa, Fara began playing the djembe drum at the age of nine, moving quickly to the lead drummer for the National Ballet Les Merveilles de Guinea (The Wonders of Guinea) under the tutelage of West Africa’s most influential director and choreographer, Kemoko Sano. Fara is avid about sharing his culture, teaching, and playing with musicians of all kinds, and founding multiple organizations, including Project Drum (focused on bringing West African music and dance into schools), the Rhythm Reference Project (an online library, www.rhythmreference.com), Camp Merveilles (an annual nationwide music and dance conference in the US), Djembe Guru (an online school for West African Rythyms at www.djembe.guru) and the Kissidugu Foundation (hosting annual workshops with international students in Guinea at the Kissidugu School as well as building a campus for the local community www.kissidugu.org).