Afrocola is a fitting name for a new multi-national band that mixes a refreshing and highly danceable cocktail from afrobeat, mbalax and jazz, and spices it up with a touch of Finnish folk songs or old time dance tunes and some Balkan influence.
The founder of this yet unrecorded 7-piece group is Antero Priha, a seasoned trumpetist, composer, arranger and producer, whose vision has matured in several contexts from J. Karjalainen’s Mustat Lasit and the mighty UMO to the funky but cool Breadmachine and the reckless Bad Ass Brass Band.
The other dynamo in Afrocola is the very soulful singer/percussionist Meissa Niang, who comes from a long griot lineage. In Finland he is best known from Galaxy and Hasse Walli’s Asamaan – both of them great mbalax bands, and the world music saxist/flutist/pianist Sakari Kukko’s new Humbalax, but Meissa sang in many bands, while still living in Senegal. Kukko will bring his worldwide touch to the Pori gig as a guest. A hint of the Balkan area comes courtesy of Serbian percussionist/singer Wladimir Kekezs.