Bluff City Vibes: Obruni Dance Band Brings West African Beats to Memphis

If you know where to dig, you’ll find Memphis’ music scene is comprised of innovative artists, who know how to remix the unfamiliar into… well, the familiar. Making it easier to expose isolated ears to sounds exclusively known–if you’re not actively looking for it–to other parts of the world.

A local group of talented musicians, transporting Memphians to the ivory coast with Afro-pop influenced music, is Obruni Dance Band. Obruni, in the Akan language of Twi, means: foreigner! The band name is a comedic nod to the local West African Community from, Adam Holton, a “white guy” playing West African music.

In creating Obruni Dance Band, Adam’s goal is to honor a genre and culture he admires, and to increase curiosity about musical gems from abroad.- READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEO

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