Kaleta & Super Yamba

Kaleta & Super Yamba

Featuring Super Yamba Band

When it comes to afrobeat, seeing Kaleta onstage is like going back to the source. Benin-born Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta got his start touring with King Sunny Ade, and a few years later Fela Kuti came calling. He went on to tour with the Egypt 80s for over a decade before joining Lauryn Hill. He now helms the sleek, funky mothership that is Super Yamba, the Brooklyn-based afro-funk orchestra that’s had a monthly residency at our beloved Brooklyn bar Barbès for the past three years. “Kaleta’s James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” -Afropop Worldwide

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