Matapa: Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri May 5

Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20 (call Artword 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combining the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times. Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Brian Dhari tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed Abdulhamid was born in Sudan. He demonstrates his versatility on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, kirin, darabhuka, marimba, congas, djembe, dumbek and tama. In addition to his many concerts and festival appearances, he has played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas, the Motown Legend Band “The Drifters”, Doug Riley, Jackie Richardson, Julie Black, Deborah Cox and Zaki Ibrahim. He also leads his jazz group Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble.

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