Njum Waalo Band

April 29 at 10:00 PM

The Njum Waalo Band, led by master xalam player Demma Dia, is a five-member xalam group including a griot (praise singer) that preserves traditional music rarely heard outside of villages of the Senegal River Valley.

The band also will play at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Jazz Fest Congo Square African Marketplace will feature an exhibition on the relations between Senegal and Louisiana, which will include music demonstrations and xalam-making by the band. The xalam is believed to be one of the principal ancestors of the American banjo.

 

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