Split Concert Event!!! Yacouba Diabate is a master Kora player born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians and as a young adult, Yacouba studied the Kora in Mali with renown Kora master, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells traditional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. Yacouba has performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City.
Chris Monti is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by rock & roll and country blues as well as music from West Africa, Egypt, the Caribbean, and India. The Chris Monti Band features bassist Theo Regan and drummer Michael Lewis and they play West African Music and West African-inspired songs. Chris and Matt learned many of these songs playing in the Double Decker Dance Band from band leader, singer, guitarist, Joe Paye, of Liberia. You'll hear Soka, Highlife, and Soukous beats. Chris has toured the East Coast, opening many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, and has also played with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.