Biography

   “AUSTRALIA has a new West African band capable of holding its own on the world stage….”

- Tony Hillier, The Australian

 

With a rhythm section born in West Africa, this brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dancefloor.

 

KEYIM BA brings together several of Australia’s best West African musicians, taking audiences on an exciting musical journey, celebrating a vibrant and colourful culture.

 

Just returned from Woodford Folk Festival 2014/15 with a fresh new funky lineup, Keyim Ba continues to wow audiences all around the country.

 

“Keyim Ba is sensational…an Afro-Australian treasure.”

-        Lloyd Bradford Syke

 

The Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura (Guinea), is joined by celebrated Senegalese percussionist Yacou MBaye (Senegal) on Doun Doun, Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas; Jon Pease (Dereb the Ambassador) on lead guitar and Tina Harris on bass. Joined also by well known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on guitar, Calvin Welsh on drum kit and the captivating vocals of powerful soul singer Paula Baxter (Ghana) with Rachel Bangoura on the dancefloor completing the picture.

 

Press enquires: Rachel Bangoura – info@keyimba.com / 0406 881 844

 

UPCOMING/RECENT APPEARANCES:

 

Woodford Folk Festival 2014/15, Tasting on Hastings Festival 2014, Bondi Festival of the Winds 2014, Bohemian Bizarre Festival 2014, Subsonic Festival 2013, Shir Madness Festival 2013, Darwin Festival 2013, Desert Harmony Festival 2013, Araluan Arts Centre, Katheryn Arts Centre, Gold Coast Arts Centre, The J, The Jetty Theatre, MECC, Casula Powerhouse, Drum Theatre, The Basement , Bluebeat , Jam Gallery, 505, Perisher Valley Festival of Music 2013, West African Festival 2013, Camelot Lounge, NOTES, Dulwich Hill Festival, Surry Hills Festival, Marrickville Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Auburn Festival, Lizottes, Vivaz, Bondi the Beautiful Festival 2012, The MAC Hotel, Newcastle Leagues Club, The Gearins, Katoomba, Carriage Works.