Afromotive, The

This thundering ensemble is escorting Afrobeat music into the modern age and captivating audiences nationwide.

Tri-lingual lyrics, an airtight rhythm section, powerful horns and the authenticity and sheer relentless energy of their frontman combine to make the Afromotive one of the premier world-beat bands of the modern era.Fueled by a
powerful three-piece horn section and an unstoppable rhythm section,
The Afromotive's musical dance excursions are steered by bandleader
Kevin Meyame. Originally from Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa, Kevin has
performed throughout West Africa and France with drum and dance troupe
Tanably. He moved to Asheville, NC in 2004 to perform as lead dancer
with Ballet Warraba, and as fate would have it, founded the musical
collaboration that is the Afromotive. Singing in French, English, and
his native language of Baoule, as well as providing polyrhythms on
djembe, Kevin adds an authentically African flavor to their nu-afrobeat
sound. The combination of Kevin's cultural and musical background and
the jazz and classically trained musicians of the Afromotive has
created a synthesized sound that crosses musical and ethnic boundaries.

"The Afromotive fuse the polyrhythms of Afrobeat with funk and extended
improv... If you can stand still listening to their music, check your
pulse- you might be dead." Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene

Asheville, NC, band fuses the brass and polyrhythms of Fela Kuti with
jazzy improvisational solos and a heavy dose of funk."  Fritz Hahn, Washington Post

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