Festival on the Green 2022: Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his storied band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Now based in New York City, Kaleta has been leading Super Yamba Band since 2017. The members of Super Yamba Band have honed their craft performing with a diverse range of artists including David Byrne, Rubblebucket, Yeasayer, and Between The Buried And Me, to name a few. Collaborating over several years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Modou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba’s sound and the musician’s understanding of the African music tradition.

​Recorded 7/10/22.

For more info on the band, visit https://www.superyambaband.com//

Producer: MCTV