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Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band with Shine and the Shakers: Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series
August 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pmFree
The 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series presents Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band with opening act Shine & The Shakers on Friday, Aug.2nd from 6 – 9 p.m. at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex.
The performance is free. Please bring your chairs and blankets. Food is available from a select food truck as well as from the Summer BreakSpot program. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Visit local vendors and have fun at the Ocala Recreation and Parks recreation vehicle.
Each concert in the series features a local non-profit organization working to create art accessibility in our community; tonight’s featured non-profit is the College of Central Florida
More information is available at www.levittamp.org/ocala or contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447.
HEADLINING ARTIST: KALETA AND THE SUPER YAMBA BAND
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist 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 gods, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.
Since taking the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals, rock clubs, and music publications across the United States. They performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in 2019 for the Africa Now! Festival. They prompted Action Bronson to stop his own show on VICELAND TV just so he could hear more Yamba. They rocked Paste Magazine’s Manhattan studio and its Emerging Music Festival, and the World Music Institute invited them to perform twice at Brooklyn Bowl, once for its Masters of African Music Series and later for its Festival Of Mali. Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!”
In 2018 Kaleta & Super Yamba self-released their debut single “Mr. Diva” on 7” vinyl. The 45 was quickly picked up for re-release by Costa Mesa, CA based label Ubiquity Records who were already familiar with Kaleta’s work as a guest vocalist on several records they released for producer/dj Bosq. Ubiquity Records will release Kaleta & Super Yamba Band’s debut LP in September 2019.
OPENING ARTIST: SHINE AND THE SHAKERS
Shine and the Shakers was born in the heartland of central Florida. In October of 2016, a group of three inspired musicians came together with one sole purpose…to rock! Drawing on deep roots in funk, blues, reggae, soul, and rock, they seek to revive that soulful groove that had mom and pop doing the two-step.
SHOW US HOW #MUSICMOVES YOU!
Don’t forget to show us how #musicmoves you by dancing and you may receive a 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala t-shirt. Use the hashtag on Instagram and you could win $100 gift card from the Levitt Foundation. Also, show your support by stopping by our tent and completing a brief survey to tell us what you thought of the series.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Levitt Foundation, Marion Cultural Alliance, City of Ocala Municipal Government, 98.5 KTK, TriEagle Sales, Island Grove Wine Company, The Mojo Grill & Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Ocala/Marion County, Florida, Summer BreakSpot Program, and Ocala Electric Utility. Production by Oniram Productions, Inc..
The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.