“A fresh, visionary evolution in the hybridization of rock-influenced Saharan music…It’s spirit-lifting morning music, yet equally transports listeners to the magic of the desert after dark.” – Relix magazine
“Benyoro’s debut sets the new bar for Mandé music played in America…A six-man juggernaut…They play together like nobody’s business. The stop-on-a-dime intros and endings are flawless. The dynamics are definitive, shifting briskly from a full-throated roar to a percolating whisper.” – NPR’s Afropop Worldwide
Benyoro is a music band that focuses on the meeting of traditional and modern instruments, African and American musicians, and centuries-old songs and modern arrangements. Despite coming from diverse projects (Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread, Toubab Krewe, and Peter Apfelbaum’s New York Heiroglyphics) and backgrounds (Mali, Martinique, and Wisconsin), their members all have a shared love, respect, and understanding of the music of Malian jelis (praise musicians), as well as a desire to modernize it.
Benyoro has performed at numerous venues and festivals all around town and have shared bills with artists including Steel Pulse, Marcus Miller, Diblo Dibala, Toubab Krewe, Jali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, Zongo Junction, and Barika.
Benyoro is Bébé Camara, vocals; Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Sam Dickey guitar, ngoni; Patrice Blanchard, bass; Andy Algire, drums, balafon; Idrissa Koné, talking drum; and Luke Quaranta, djembe, percussion
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Benyoro