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Concerts & Clubs / There are bands that fit neatly into genres and there are bands that create their own. Toubab Krewe’s sound blurs any label.
“As five Americans who became interested in Western African music, it naturally makes sense for us to play from a rock and roll perspective,” says Luke Quaranta, the band’s djembe (a goblet-shaped, hide-covered drum) player. “It’s a really fun mix.” Quaranta and his band mates Dave Pransky, Drew Heller, Vic Stafford and Justin Perkins will fly here from their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina to promote their second LP, TK2.
“[Our] first album was heavily based on interpretation of traditional [West African] songs,” says Quaranta. “The second one has more original music. Over a period of six weeks, we were exploring in the studio together . . . [trying to] be free in terms of our writing process.”
In 2013, the band plans to write a new song every month from February on, play at music festivals and get back in the studio in September for a third album. Meanwhile, the upcoming show will be funky and cool in all the multi-cultural Louisana/African/Appalachian ways, and Quaranta says the music will make you dance. He should hope so; he’s the percussion guy.