Weedie Braimah & Friends will bring a very special engagement to the world-famous Blue Note in New York City on March 7, 2018. Braimah, born in Ghana and raised in East St. Louis, has raised the bar for percussion in the U.S. in recent years. His talents have brought him to stages all over the world, performing and touring with the likes of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Christian Scott, Oteil Burbridge, Bokanté, Toubab Krewe, The Nth Power, and many more.
But, Weedie's passion first and foremost is for the music of West Africa, Cuba, and the larger African Diaspora. He put this passion on display as his solo project ‘Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time’ debuted in New Orleans during JazzFest 2017, and again when him and Luke Quaranta brought together a diverse group of artists under the moniker 'Future Folklore' at the Brooklyn Bowl for 'Brooklyn Comes Alive' in September.
It is in this spirit that he has assembled the group of artists to perform with him at the Blue Note on March 7. Joining Weedie will be Jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Christian Scott, Cuban congero Pedrito Martinez, bass virtuoso Dywane 'Mono Neon' Thomas Jr., Toubab Krewe founder Luke Quaranta, guitarist and djeli ngoni player Sam Dickey, kora master Yacouba Sissoko, Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate, and multi-instrumentalist Munir Zakee.
Asked about the show Weedie said, 'I’m extremely honored to be at a place that I have only dreamed of being! It’s a true joy to be alongside these amazingly talented artists whom I look up to and admire on and off the stage. These fellow musicians are part of my family. They represent true folklore in its purest form. The Blue Note is in store for an awakening of Africa and the Diaspora. The Djembé will talk!!!!'