Noisey, Billboard, JazzTimes + More All Agree Bokanté Are A Must See Live Act
Band Makes Their Newport Jazz Fest Debut Next Month, Debut Album Strange Circles Out Now On GroundUP Music
July 27, 2017 – Made up of eight musicians from four continents, and led by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Bokanté have been taking their thrilling live show on an international tour that will hit eight countries before the end of the summer. Playing from their debut album Strange Circles, out now on GroundUP Music, the band have hit a number of major festivals this summer - including stops at Montreal Jazz, High Sierra, North Sea Jazz and Womad – and are making themselves known as a must-see live act. They will wrap-up their current tour with their Newport Jazz Festival debut next month. Bokanté lead singer Malika Tirolien recently spoke to PRI The World about Strange Circles, Creole and the collaboration that goes into such a diverse band.
Here’s what we’ve been hearing about Bokanté, Strange Circles and their dazzling live show:
“The new international group Bokanté featured eight musicians from four continents, delivering one of the festival's first and most powerful performances.”
“Good time grooves could be found…International ensemble Bokante (which features members of Snarky Puppy) offered a bit more depth from the same danceable well.”
“One of the best surprises this year was a blistering set by the newly formed international ensemble Bokanté, led by Michael League (Snarky Puppy), with Guadeloupe-born, Montréal-based powerhouse vocalist Malika Tirolien singing in Creole and French. Percussion- and guitar-heavy (including lap and pedal steel), the band’s unusual instrumentation, evocative compositions (check Strange Circles) and searing energy made this one of the festival’s most memorable concerts.”
“Bokanté, a recently formed ensemble (this was their 14th live performance ever), was another act that completely knocked us out and had the crowd at Club Soda grooving nonstop.”
“An exchange of musical and cultural ideas that seems effortlessly catchy.”
"This international crew -- eight musicians across four continents -- gather for a modern exploration of the Blues, or maybe what it should sound like in a globalized environment, while also addressing some of the world's complex social issues."
“Bokanté’s debut melds Caribbean and African sounds in psychedelic new ways.”
For more information on Bokanté, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, 917.703.8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.