Group Saloum – Local Afropop Sensation
Led by their founder Lamine Toure, Group Saloum has become not only one of Boston’s top Afropop bands, but has also achieved quite a national following as well. Toure, a leading griot drummer and national superstar in his home country of Senegal has brought his immense talent and artistry to Boston. Spurred on by his unique vision of mbalax, he has created his own style of world fusion which is a mixture of this Senegalese genre and jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat. This ten piece band plays its own entirely originally composed works and was a nominee for “Best World Music Act” at the 2006 Boston Music Awards. Group Saloum’s magnificant sound features Toure’s virtuostic and dynamic drumming which is accompanied by vocals, additional sabar percussion, drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and keyboards.
Lamine Toure currently serves as an Artist in Residence at MIT and conducts the university’s Senegalese drum ensemble Rambax MIT, while lecturing and conducting workshops throughout New England. He also offers ongoing classes for the general public in both Senegales drumming and dance. The instruction fees are $10.00 and $12.00 respectiviely. Sounds like fun!