Velekete is an ensemble that takes its audience on a journey through the African diaspora through an innovative fusion of African/Caribbean/American music, colorful costumes and dramatic performance. Bandleader/percussionist Francesca Abbey has 44 years' experience as a professional band leader and has performed with artists such as Babatunde Olatunji, Forces of Nature Dance Company and Papa Ladji Camara, to name a few. Ms. Abbey is proficient in several West African percussion instruments such as Djembe, Djun-djun, Songba, Shekere, Congas and more.
Price Range: $100-$300 per musician
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Velekete’s music genre is World & Cultural African Drum / Percussion Show Entertainment as well as traditional West African percussion folk and spiritual music. In addition to traditional West African percussion folk and spiritual music Velekete also plays jazz, R&B, Caribbean, Reggae and AfroBeat using standard band instrumentation (i.e.: traps, bass, keyboard, guitar, winds, etc.). Velekete is available for local gigs and international tours. Velekete can be hired as a solo act, a duo, trio, quartet, sextet or orchestra depending on the event needs and budget. Contact for us for further details on fees and availabilities.
Francesca Abbey is a percussionist originally from New York City, currently living in the Worcester, MA area. She has been playing Djembe, Djung-Djung, Mbalak, Asiko, Dono Drum, as well as timbales, congas, shekere and Balafon since the 80's. She has over 44 years’ experience as a professional band leader, 10 years’ experience playing percussion for an educational facility, 5 years’ experience as a manager/supervisor and part owner of a night club, and over 5 years’ experience as president CEO/owner of an artist management and booking agency. As an experienced bandleader and professional musician, Francesca Abbey hires only the finest professional musicians for Velekete who are respectable, punctual, courteous, humble and spiritually creative artists dedicated to their craft. Your venue will appreciate the level of professionalism, respect and special attention Velekete will give to you, your guests and your event
Additional Booking Notes
Any technical information about our performance or services such as (lighting, staging, important rider info, etc) will be negotiated during contact and adjusted according to the event planners budget, venue size and instrumentation desired.
Velekete's set list begins in early pre-colonial Africa with traditional West African percussion folk and spiritual music. The music flavor then smoothly transitions into Caribbean music and ends with a medley of Afropop, jazz and R&B music. The set list is adjusted according to the event planners needs and budget.
Influences & Inspiration
Artists and acts that have influenced Velekete's performance style are Babatunde Olatunji, Forces of Nature Dance Company, Papa Ladji Camara, Kaleta, Fela, and Ralph Macdonald.
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