Our latest premiere comes courtesy of Brooklyn’s Super Yamba Band and their new single, “N’Diarabi,” which is out later this week. An Afrobeat ensemble with a slew of well-received New York shows behind them, Super Yamba draws on a diverse set of vintage West African traditions, from Fela’s classic ‘70s productions, to the psychedelic mbalax and roots-oriented sounds of Senegal’s Étoile de Dakar and Mali’s Super Djata Band.
Opening with an unmistakable sabar groove, the track rapidly evolves into a burning Afro-stomper, with funked-out falsetto guitar licks and delirious organ riffs sitting firmly alongside Ismael Kouyate’s evocative guest vocals. Periodic horn bursts and an incessant bass groove complete the mix, making for a thoroughly fresh—and danceable—record that is sure to sound even better live.
The band plays Brooklyn Bowl on June 21, before heading off on a summer tour down the East Coast, including dates in Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina:
6/21 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
6/23 – Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
6/24 – All Go West Pre-Party, Asheville, NC
6/25 – OuterSpace Project 2016, Atlanta, GA
6/29 – The Pinhook, Durham, NC
6/30 – Levitt Amp Music Series, Greensboro, NC
7/1 – Pisgah Brewery, Black Mountain, NC