The music of Zansa (a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend”) is a synthesis of traditional and modern styles of West Africa. The Asheville-based ensemble melds modern afropop with African folk music, African drumming, and the fiery dance-oriented Ivorian street music called Zouglou. Zansa is led by 33rd generation West African musician Adama Dembele, whose family lineage is recognized internationally as “Djembeso” or House of the Djembe. With Zansa, he has continued to develop and expand his sound, now singing in French, Baoule, Bambara, and English, creating a multicultural mix of original songs, traditional stories, and impassioned music. This final night of the “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by Friends of World Music.
Where: CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. Durham. Rain site: The Pinhook