Last Leap (Instrumental EP) by Super Yamba Band

SUPER YAMBA BAND TO RELEASE NEW INSTRUMENTAL EP LAST LEAP MARCH 3 VIA UBIQUITY RECORDS

KALETA AND THE BAND TO PERFORM SELECT DATES WITH THE DIP IN LATE FEBRUARY

February 9, 2023—Brooklyn-based Super Yamba Band are slated to release a new instrumental EP, Last Leap, on March 3 via Ubiquity Records. The forthcoming project features instrumental tracks recorded during the band’s formative years in New York City, marking an archival timestamp of their creative growth and exploration. Fans can pre-save the EP HERE

Yount furthers, “When our collaborative project with Kaleta gained traction we basically put these masters on the shelf. Years later we went back to listen—with fresh ears—and it was reinvigorating. We’re going to keep exploring these sounds and pushing the limits of what an instrumental, afrobeat-centric band can be, even as we continue to double-down on our work with Kaleta.”

In addition, Kaleta and the band will take their lauded live show back on the road this month as they are set to perform a select run of dates with The Dip. The shows include performances at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, DC’s 9:30 Club and Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Tickets are on sale now at superyambaband.com—full tour routing can be found below.

“One of the hardest-working groups in New York City, Super Yamba Band, is also among its funkiest… The live results are rarely anything less than a smiling sweatbox of soulful energy.”
Gothamist
“[A] psychedelic twist on familiar afrofunk grooves and sounds.”
HYPEBEAST
“…explosive, unabashed.”
JAZZIZ

“We moved to Brooklyn in 2014 and our only plan for ‘making it’ was to just play as much music together as possible,” recalls bandleader Daniel Yount. “We were excited, inspired—and probably a little overwhelmed. We wanted to record a few of our tunes so that we could have something for the clubs to listen to as we were trying to book gigs. From there, we immediately fell into playing shows in Harlem as well as DIY dance parties in Brooklyn with the intention of designing a sound that would keep people dancing for as long as possible.”

LIST

LAST LEAP TRACKLIST

1. Yetunde
2. Control Per Capita
3. Bad Dog
4. Xoomba
5. Last Leap

KALETA & SUPER YAMBA BAND LIVE

February 24—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer*
February 25—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel*
February 28—Washington, DC—9:30 Club*
*w/ The Dip
WHO
Super Yamba Band is fronted by Afrobeat and Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer/guitarist was born in the West African country of Benin Republic and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta’s guitar chops earned him decades of touring and recording with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill and more.
In 2019, the group released their debut album Mèdaho on Ubiquity Records, drawing on the band’s shared reverence for the raw psychedelic sounds that captivated Kaleta as a Afrobeat pioneer. The album was included on Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of Summer 2019” while two of the songs were featured in Hulu’s hit TV series “High Fidelity”  starring Zoe Kravitz.
Since its release, Kaleta and his band have performed at major music festivals both stateside, including a performance at the historic Apollo Theater as part of Africa Now! Festival as well as Brooklyn’s Afropunk and Chicago’s World Music Festival. In addition, the group appeared on VICELAND’s “The Untitled Action Bronson Show” while also playing Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival.
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are Kaleta (frontman, lead vocals), Daniel Yount (drummer), Evan Frierson (percussion), Walter Fancourt (sax), Sean Smith (trumpet), ​​Eric Burns (guitar) and Oladotun “Prince” Amu (bass).
WHEN
March 3, 2023
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