Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat legend Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist and producer from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.
Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country in the 70s and 80s. Super Yamba takes it’s cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk in Benin. Touching on rare grooves such as “Vodoun” or “Sato,” Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance.
Super Yamba Band’s live shows with Kaleta are absolutely explosive. Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” With Kaleta at the helm Super Yamba Band have recently exploded onto stages at Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival, World Music Institute’s Masters Of African Music Series, Felabration NYC 2017, Millpond Live Festival and more, giving audiences an unforgettable experience of world-class Afrobeat.