New Orleans and South African musicians forge musical and economic ties

Loving The Vibe: Damon Baptiste

Loving The Vibe: Damon Baptiste

New Orleans and Africa have clear historic ties, but musicians are forging even closer connections through bridges of music and commerce.

Damon Batiste, who frequently travels between the United States and South Africa, recently took a musical contingent to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they belted out New Orleans’ favorites at two major festivals and conducted music workshops.

At every stop, he said they received overwhelming appreciation and excitement.

“New Orleans music is hot,” said James Andrews, leader of the Crescent City Allstars, who has twice accompanied Batiste to South Africa.

“Everybody was diggin’ that sound,” he said.

If Johannesburg crowds were enthusiastic about New Orleans’ R&B, traditional and…click here to read more on the

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