Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, Med̀ aho

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Format: 1 LP
Date de parution: 2019


1. Gogo Rock 02:58

2. Mr. Diva 04:25

3. Hungry Man, Angry Man 04:00

4. Mèdaho 03:04

5. Goyitò 04:23

6. Jibiti 04:48

7. Super Yamba Theme 05:09

8. Adjotò 02:07

9. La Guele 05:28


"Mèdaho" is the debut album from Brooklyn based afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band. Fronted by Afrobeat and Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta—a native of Benin Republic—Mèdaho draws on the group’s shared reverence for the raw, psychedelic afro-funk sound that captivated Kaleta as a music loving kid in 1970s Benin. Mèdaho means "big brother," "elder" or "teacher" and is dedicated to Kaleta's late brother Ligan-Ozavino Pascal who introduced him to funk and soul music at a very early age. Kaleta's guitar chops would later earn him decades of recording and international touring with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and more recently Lauryn Hill. Now based in New York City, Kaleta has taken the reins and become the frontman for Super Yamba Band, a group known for their sweaty Brooklyn dance parties and original Afro-Funk influenced compositions. Mèdaho explores some of the rarest grooves and psychedelic sounds from classic era Benin and Nigeria and brings the highly danceable music back to life!

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are: 

Eric Burns: Guitar 

Vince Chiarito: Bass 

Walter Fancourt: Saxophone, Keyboards (4), Percussions 

Evan Frierson: Congas (1,2,5,7), Candombe Drums (3,4,6,8,9), 

Talking Drum (2,3), Percussions 

Leon Ligan-Majek (aka Kaleta): Lead Vocal, Guitar (2), Percussions 

Sean Smith: Trumpet, Keyboards (2,4,5,6,8), Percussions 

Daniel Yount: Drum Set, Keyboards (1,3,5,8,9), Percussions 

With additional contributions from: 

Eric Biondo: Trumpet (3, 5, 6, 7, 9) 

Nadav Nirenberg: Trombone (3, 5, 6, 9) 

Seth Paris: Baritone Sax (3, 5, 6, 7, 9) 

Carter Yasutake: Trumpet (2) 

Mèdaho was recorded at Thump Recording Studios and Hive Mind Recording in Brooklyn, NY 

Produced by Daniel Yount and Vince Chiarito 

Engineered and mixed by Vince Chiarito 

Mastered by Rich Morales at Super Fine Audio 

Vinyl mastering by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering 

Artwork: Sean Smith 

Layout: Kei Abe 

Artist Management: Spencer Conover