Simba will perform a public concert in Brattleboro, on December 21 at 7 p.m. At a recent Simba concert, at least 100 people danced for hours. The band plays reggae and funk, among other kinds of music.
Simba’s members live in and near Brattleboro. At Simba concerts they play guitar, drums, bass, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, bongos, talking drum, electric piano, and other instruments. One of Simba’s most popular songs was written by Simba guitar player Derrik Jordan. It’s a tribute to Fela Kuti, the Nigerian funk musician and political activist who died in 1997. The song is performed in the style of Kuti’s music.
“We are also known as the No Nukes Band,” drummer and vocalist Johnny Yuma said from the stage during the recent concert. “We helped close Vermont Yankee [nuclear power plant].” His comment was received by long and loud applause and cheers from the audience.
The concert will be at a venue named 118 Elliot Street, which is at that address.
Tickets are $10. More information is available from Jordan, who has a web site www.DerrikJordan.com or from www.DeWaltMusic.com/simba.shtml or from Simba percussionist Steve Leicach who can be reached via www.tonyvacca.com/profiles/steveleicach