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From Africa To Austin With Toubab Krewe

Asheville's Toubab Krewe is an instrumental band which fuses the music of Mali and other West African influences with American musical styles. The band has travelled several times to West Africa to study with indigenous instructors, as well as participate in a centuries old music festival in the desert.

The band recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A for a captivating session that featured the usual rock band instruments (guitar, bass, drums) augmented by a kora, ngoni, djembe, krin and scraper. The performance had the familiar underpinnings of rock 'n' roll, but with an otherworldly feel like nothing you've ever heard.

Listen to the previous Favorite Session, or see our full archive.

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Matt Reilly