Jonathan Parker and his band are featured on The Clayton Center’s Wednesday, August 19, Facebook livestream concert. Jonathan, who hails from Johnston County, is a country artist who has recorded several albums. His most recent album, “Broken Hearts & Broken Bones,” was released in May.
The one-hour livestream concert is free, but you can help support Jonathan and the band with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show. Set a reminder and join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 19.
For the past decade, kora player and singer Diali Cissokho has called North Carolina home. Hailing from a long line of Senegalese musicians and storytellers known as griots, Cissokho made the transatlantic move to Pittsboro with his wife almost 10 years ago.
Shortly after he settled in North Caroline, Diali formed the band Kaira Ba with the aid of native Piedmont musicians John Westmoreland, Jonathan Henderson, Austin McCal, and Will Ridenour. Together, they blend the traditions and rhythms of West African music with subtle timbres of the American South.
While comparison has been drawn to other notable Senegalese griots, such as Baaba Maal or Youssou N’Dour, the fusion of polyrhythmic percussion, plucky electric guitars, and sprinkles of pedal steel and electric organs makes for a much more individualistic, accessible sound. In essence,Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba makes dance music that bridges the continental divide. ⎯ Sam Haw, Indyweek