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Snarky Puppy Founder Michael League Announces Tour, New Song With Group Bokanté

Snarky Puppy Founder Michael League Announces Tour, New Song With Group Bokanté

Snarky Puppy Founder Michael League Announces Tour, New Song With Group Bokanté

Photo of Bokanté courtesy of REK Room Media.

Internationally known, locally respected composer, arranger Michael League (Snarky Puppy) has brought his talents to a new, wonderful super group. Known as Bokanté, this super group has announced an world tour for the summer and offer a preview to their second single from their debut album, Strange Circles.

“Nou Tout Sé Yonn” is rich in sound and substance, blending musical worlds and spreading an urgent message of social awareness that is fresh and informative at the same time. As Bokanté, which means “exchange” in Creole, prepares to hit eight countries, the global super group will also stop at Montreal Jazz, High Sierra, North Sea Jazz, Womad and Newport Jazz festivals. This tour should be a homecoming of sorts as eight of the Bokanté players are from four different continents and will be proud to show off their musical skills to the people in their point of origin.

Lead vocalist Malika Tirolien, who grew up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, sings in both French and Creole throughout the album and the new single. Painting pictures of struggles, strife and success, racism, the refugee crisis and apathy toward human suffering — Malika and her band offer words and sounds of thankfulness for the things that unify us and grant us some semblance of peace. “Nou Tout Sé Yonn” translates to “Remember We Are One” in English, a necessary and timely message given all the things President Agent Orange and others are trying to do to the world.

Watch, listen and pay attention to every thing this beautiful band is saying in the video for “Nou Tout Sé Yonn” below + circle your calendar using their tour dates:

Bokanté – 2017 Summer Tour Dates

June 16 – SFJazz – San Francisco, CA
June 17 – Prophet Bar – Dallas, 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 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 9 – Festival Django Reinhardt – Fontainbleau, FR
July 10 – Jazzopen – Stuttgart, DE
July 12 – Burg Wilhelmstein – Würselen, DE
July 20 – Istanbul, Festival Plus Education – Istanbul, TR
July 22 – Festival Locus – Bari, IT
July 23 – Rome Casa del Jazz – Rome, IT
July 25 – Giardino Torrione Santa Brigida – Fano, IT
July 26 – Rocca Malatestiana – Empoli, 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

Strange Circles, the band’s debut album, will be released on June 9th via GroundUP Music.



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