Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group
Label: Kara-Kata Rekords
since circa 2012
The exciting new Afrobeat group here in Vancouver that goes by the name of Kara-Kata. Like traditional Afrobeat bands, we are composed of a wide range of talented musicians including several percussionists, a vibrant brass section, and guitars and keyboards. We also have a contingent of dancers who can fire up a crowd in seconds! Our shows over the past few months upstairs at The Afrika Shrine, Legion Hall on Commercial Drive have drawn strong and enthusiastic audiences and the word is definitely out that there is FINALLY a band here in Vancouver that can bring the music of Fela Kuti and the spirit of Africa to life on stage! Our music combines elements of funk, highlife, African rhythms, and jazz.
What Fela developed is now recognized as having been exceptionally unique. The sound rides on insistent Yoruba rhythms with funk-influenced organ riffs in the middle topped by repeated chants that link his music to that of traditional Nigeria. (Excerpt from BBC documentary from the 80s)
This is what is behind the spirit of Kara-Kata and what we try to project.
Available for Shows/Gigs