The Dogon Lights featuring Evan Fraser of Dirtwire w/ special guest Heather Chrisitie
About This Event
The Dogon Lights (pronounced Doe-Gone) from Oakland, Ca., combine elements of hip-hop, electronica, funk, world, rap, ceremonial, reggae, rock and African music. Self described as West Africa meets West Oakland, the high-energy crew is extremely danceable. In the band, Evan Fraser (also in Dirtwire) plays the traditional kamala-ngoni from North Africa, which gives the Dogon Lights its distinctive twang. This, combined with Ashel Seazuns rapping and Ngoni playing, Garry Norris Hip Hop and electronic beats, the charismatic Bongo Sidibe on Djembe and vocals (from Guinea-West Africa, and Vir McCoys monster grooves on guitar and guembri (Morrocan), the very unique Dogon Lights have coined their sound as, Afro-Hip-Hop. The Dogon Lights are supported and have the blessing of the Hogan (local shaman/chief elders) of Mali where the Dogon tribe resides. A percentage of proceeds go to support schools in Dogon villages. The Dogon Lights feature members who are also in or have collaborated with Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Dirtwire, Hamsa Lila, Rising Appalachia, The Mickey Hart Band and many others. The Dogon Lights have opened for Grammy award-winning groups such Tinariwen from Mali, and Bombino from Niger. They have also played numerous festivals including Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, Enchanted Forest, Beloved Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Bioneers and many others. So damn good- The Polish Ambassador Really great- Taj MahalHeather Christie and Vir McCoyComing from diverse backgrounds in music s Disease and writing a book on it. Heather, meanwhile, comes from a musical theatre and expressive arts therapy background. She is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and music producer. Both are native to California, and bring a heart-opening fusion of funk, electro-soul, devotional, world, and R&B to the table.