Pan-American Group LADAMA Embark On U.S. Tour
LADAMA's self-titled debut album was received with outstanding critical accolades, including NPR who said, "LADAMA takes on traditional genres with confidence and vigor without being constrained by their conventions. The result is a vivid montage of music of the Americas with irresistible spirit and universal appeal." Released last year on Six Degrees Records, the debut album is the culmination of three years of production across different countries, and weaves acoustic and electric instruments to produce an infectious, danceable sound rooted in Afro-Latinx styles from their countries of origin, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States. LADAMA consists of Lara Klaus (pandeiro, voice, drums), Daniela Serna (voice, tambor alegre), Mafer Bandola (bandola llanera, voice) and Sara Lucas (voice, guitar, hand percussion) in collaboration with New York-based bassist, Pat Swoboda.
Written, composed, arranged and produced by the dynamic foursome, the album is an organic yet modern expression of authenticity across cultures. A few standout tunes include, "Porro Maracatu" a vibrant and provocative marriage of two traditional rhythms from Afro-Colombian and Afro-Brazilian culture. Sara Lucas sat down with tastemaker site The Fader, who premiered the video and recalled, "Writing, and filming 'Porro Maracatu' in Bogotá, Colombia, and Recife, Brazil was a collaborative and exciting learning process built on the celebration of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Colombian rhythms. We hope that it carries listeners across borders and ignites their souls as it did for us." "Confesión", another standout from the record, is a tender love letter to self-actualization and womanhood. Look out for their new music video for "Confesión," due out soon.
LADAMA will embark on a U.S. tour starting later this month. The group's live performances create an experience that transcends borders and genres while weaving together Pan-American influences to create a sum greater than it's parts. It will be this year's must see show! For tour dates please check here and below.
Apr 27 @ Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA
Apr 28 -29 @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA
May 04 @ Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME
May 05 @ Littlefield, New York, NY
May 09 @ Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
May 27 @ West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, NY
June 9 @ PVDFest, Providence, RI
June 15 @ Lubber Run Amphitheater, Arlington, VA
July 13 @ Red Wing Roots, Mount Solon, VA
July 19 @ Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance, Trumansburg, NY