Afrobeat veteran, Kaleta, and his Super Yamba Band perform Aug. 4 at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem
Brooklyn, NY & Winston-Salem, NC, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 –The Ramkat will present an evening of afro-funk dance music on Sat., Aug.4 at 8pm. The concert features veteran afrobeat musician, Leon Ligan-Majek, aka “Kaleta,” who hails from Benin, West Africa by way of New York City. Backed by the six piece, explosive Brooklyn funk and soul dance ensemble, Super Yamba Band, Kaleta brings a high-energy, charismatic performance reminiscent of James Brown or Fela Kuti. Also joining Kaleta & Super Yamba Band for the evening is local singer-songwriter, Tyler Nail.
Kaleta’s career in afrobeat is legendary. As a guitarist, vocalist, and producer, his body of work includes extensive international touring and recording with both Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, plus recently Lauryn Hill. Kaleta’s musical story starts as a youngster in Benin, where drumming and singing was part of everyday life and eventually led Kaleta to the guitar and performances at church. He 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 iconic band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and The Funkees, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock in Benin and Nigeria. Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of some of the rarest grooves out there with a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Audiences will hear Kaleta sing 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.
Afropop Worldwide called Kaleta “their ace-up-the-sleeve… 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, The Untitled Action Bronson Show (Viceland TV), and more, giving audiences an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music.
Event Info & Tickets:
The Ramkat Presents: Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, with Tyler Nail
WHEN: 8pm, Saturday, August 4, 2018
WHERE: The Ramkat | 170 W 9th St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
PRICES: $10.00 ADV GA // $20.00 Perch & VIP
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band Summer Tour Dates:
Summer On The Hudson | New York, NY July 8
Purple Fiddle | Thomas, WV July 25
Levit Amp Series | Berea, KY July 27
FloydFest | Floyd, VA July 28
FloydFest | Floyd, VA July 29
Georgia Theatre | Athens, GA July 31
The Mothlight | Asheville, NC August 1
Aisle 5 | Atlanta, GA August 2
The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC August 3
The Ramkat | Winston Salem, NC August 4
Sweet NOLA’s | Winchester, VA August 5
MusikFest | Bethlehem, PA August 6
MusikFest | Bethlehem, PA August 7
Riis Beach Bazaar | Queens, NY August 12