Bokanté, Led By Snarky Puppy Founder, Announce International Summer Tour Dates, Release New Single

Debut Album Strange Circles Out June 9th on GroundUP Music, Tour Includes Montreal Jazz, High Sierra, North Sea Jazz, Womad and Newport Jazz Festival Dates

Watch/Listen To “Nou Tout Sé Yonn” Here

April 20, 2017 – Bokanté – the global super group led by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League – today announce an international summer tour and preview the second single from their debut album Strange Circles, out June 9th on GroundUP Music. The tour will hit eight countries, and feature stops at Montreal Jazz, High Sierra, North Sea Jazz, Womad and Newport Jazz festivals. Bokanté features eight musicians from four continents, each one accomplished in their own right and well versed in music far beyond that of their point of origin.

For Bokanté, connection is the foundation upon which all things are built. Rich in the sound of both delta and desert, their unusual but evocative instrumentation blends musical worlds to convey an urgent message of social awareness against the rising tide of exclusion and human indifference. The album goes from Zeppelin-esque blues stomp to folkloric Caribbean kaladja over the course of its ten tracks, blending the extensive and varied knowledge of the individual players with a strong, yet empathetic, lyrical approach. Through it all, Bokanté is a vibrant image of what it wishes to see in the world: connection, unity, and love- through exchange. The word bokanté itself means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s youth growing up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

New single “Nou Tout Sé Yonn” is a perfect example of the band’s powerful, unique sound. Singing in both Creole and French throughout the album, Tirolien’s words draw nuanced pictures of the struggles we face in our world today- racism, the refugee crisis, a dying planet, apathy towards human suffering- and offer words of thankfulness for those things which unify us, as well as hope for the future of our race. "Nou Tout Sé Yonn" translates to "Remember We Are One" in English, a powerful message given the world’s current political climate. Tirolien’s impassioned vocals are complimented by the band’s triple percussion, three guitar attack, and lap/pedal steel player Roosevelt Collier weaves his way around it all.


Bokanté is:

Malika Tirolien - vocals

Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting) - percussion

André Ferrari (Väsen) - percussion

Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma, Snarky Puppy)  - percussion

Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy) - guitar

Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy) - guitar

Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson) - lap and pedal steel guitars

Michael League (Snarky Puppy) - baritone guitar and bass


Bokanté – 2017 Summer Tour Dates

June 16 – SFJazz – San Francisco, CA

June 17 – Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX

June 18 – Antone’s – Austin, TX

June 19 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

June 20 – New Mountain – Asheville, NC

June 21 – Jefferson Center – Roanoke, VA

June 22 – The Hamilton Live – Washington, DC

June 23 – Jazz Winnipeg @ West End Cultural – Winnipeg, MB

June 24 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

June 25 – National Sawdust – Brooklyn, NY

June 27 – Vancouver Int. Jazz Fest @ Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC

June 29 – Montreal Jazz Fest @ Club Soda – Montreal, QC

July 1 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO

July 2 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA

July 3 – Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR

July 6 – Manchester International Festival – Manchester, EN

July 7 – Union Chapel – London, EN

July 8 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, NL

July 10 – Jazzopen – Stuttgart, DE

July 12 – Burg Wilhelmstein – Würselen, DE

July 13 – Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII – Madrid, SP

July 18 – Quasimodo – Berlin, DE

July 19 – Istanbul Jazz Festival – Istanbul, TR

July 20 – Giardino Triennale – Milan, IT

July 22 – Festival Locus – Bari, IT

July 23 – Casa Del Jazz Festival – Rome, IT

July 25 – Empoli Jazz Festival – Empoli, IT

July 25 – Fano Jazz By The Sea – Fano, IT

July 28 – Cambridge Folk Festival @ Cherry Hinton Hall – Cambridge, UK

July 29 – WOMAD @ Charlton Park – Wiltshire, UK

Aug 6 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI


For more information on Bokanté, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, 917.703.8361 or!/