September 21, 2018 Slideshows » Music

Obruni Dance Band with the Mama Africa Dancers 

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Chalk one more up for the unpredictable inspirations of Memphis. The Obruni Dance Band specializes in West African highlife music, the eminently danceable grooves that have dominated popular music in Ghana for nearly a century, where cascading guitar arpeggios swirl around intricately locked bass and drums. Obruni is the brainchild of bassist and singer Adam Holton, who studied the music of Ghana for a time.  These photos by Jamie Harmon are from a performance at the Wiseacre Brewing Company on July 26th.

The rest of the band comprises:

Logan Hanna- Guitar
Stephen Chopek- Drums
Felix Hernandez- Congas
Gerald Stephens- Keyboards
Victor Sawyer- Trombone
Jawaun Crawford- Trumpet

In this set, the band was joined by the Mama Africa Dancers: Estella Sengimana, Alliance Mugabire, and Marie Nege Irankunda.
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Obruni Dance Band & the Mama Africa Dancers
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The band begins the evening as a quintet
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Stephen Chopek
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Felix Hernandez
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Getting down with the Mama Africa Dancers
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The Mama Africa Dancers
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The horns have arrived!
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Jawaun Crawford (trumpet) and Victor Sawyer (trombone) with the Obruni Dance Band
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(l-r), Gerald Stephens, Logan Hanna, Adam Holton, Jawaun Crawford, and Victor Sawyer in the Obruni Dance Band
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