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Toubab Krewe to Perform During International Education Week at The College of Wooster

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Toubab Krewe
Toubab Krewe will perform during International Education Week at The College of Wooster on Nov. 20.

WOOSTER, Ohio — Toubab Krewe, a popular U.S. band that mixes southern rock with African fusion, will present a free public concert on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The College of Wooster. The performance, which is part of International Education Week festivities at the College, begins at 7 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.).

Formed in 2005, the group reflects the sound of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobabn, and Salif Keita. What differentiates Toubab Krewe from other statesiders influenced by African music, however, is its ability to innovate.

Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drums), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, percussion) comprise the band, which has played at such major U.S. festivals as Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury, and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali.

A review in Blurt described the group as having “such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n’ roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation.”

The concert is sponsored by the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA), the Wooster Activities Crew (WAC), the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (CDGE), the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the CoW Cultural Events Committee, and the Africana Studies Department.

Additional information is available by phone (330-287-3511) or e-mail (

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