Genre-defying seven-piece powerhouse ADAAWE creates a vibrant global fusion of R&B and pop steeped in gospel harmonies over jazz, funk and African stylings and lively Latin and reggae that will lift your spirits and get you dancing. Comprised of seven female all-star musicians, the group’s exhilarating djembe drumming and uplifting lyrics celebrate strength and love while drawing audiences to the dance floor and closer together in the ‘Adaawe’ tradition of Ghana, West Africa—where women gather in the moonlight to create songs about life’s joys and sorrows. The Los Angeles-based band’s members hail from Kenya, Morocco, Israel, Panama and across the United States and have come together to celebrate diversity and strength through a shared love of music. ADAAWE’s captivating live shows get audiences of all ages and backgrounds dancing with their vibrant music and message of love and togetherness, crossing all boundaries of age and demographics.
ADAAWE has headlined performing arts venues, festivals and colleges across the U.S., including a thrilling performance at the Levitt Los Angeles Pavilion in 2008 and upcoming performances at the Levitt AMP Music Series in St. Johnsbury and Trenton (on 7/29 and 8/2 respectively). In addition, the group has opened for such prominent artists as James Brown, Yolanda Adams, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and fellow Levitt veteran artist Los Lobos, along with a host of others. ADAAWE has appeared at such benefits as “Human Rights Watch” with host Annette Benning, “Roots & Shoots” with Jane Goodall, and the “Urban Peace Awards” with Harry Belafonte and Rickey Minor. Their music has been featured in the L.A. Times “Spotlight” series (2011), Drum Magazine (March/April 2002), L.A. Direct Magazine (May 2004) and on NPR affiliate KCRW’s “Artists In-Studio” feature (January 2011). Their latest album, Passage, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.
From Habana, Cuba to Providence, R.I., Metanoia Project has been praised by fans and critic alike for their versatility in performing music from diverse periods, their spellbinding stage presence and their innate talent for establishing a connection with the crowd. Formed by the Cuba-native husband and wife duo of Yamiel Suarez (guitar) and Laura Espinel (vocals), Metanoia is a Greek term meaning "a transformative change of heart," which is just the place their music takes us.