Weedie Braimah exemplifies tradition, evolution and soul as he brings his vision of building a reverence for folkloric West African music to life by anchoring the concert with percussion as the driver. His percussive orchestra will awaken the rhythmic senses and soul through his unique folkloric-fusion utilizing instruments such as Kora, Ngoni, Balafon, Djembe, Dundun, Tama, Sabar, Bass, and Electric Guitar creating new sounds reaching musical boundaries like none before.
Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns as host, curator and performer for his final year of a three residency that continues to Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Scott aTunde Adjuah is a WaterWorks artist that creates a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music’s most daring musicians and improvisers.
Cuban congero Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums.