Friday, Jan. 16, those who live or choose to party east of the highway will want to turn their attention to The Sahara Lounge. Austin-based electro-cumbia collective Como Las Movies will be sharing the bill with Austin-based Afropop band, Bamako Airlines. Attendees will discover the pairing of African-based music with Latin music is a complimentary combination, especially at a venue that draws crowds for both.
Como Las Movies are Austin’s purveyors of nu-cumbia, fusing electronic synths and jazz elements with traditional cumbia. While mostly instrumental, the group will incorporate a guest vocalist on occasion.The group is composed of musicians from of my old Austin favorites of the past including Maneja Beto, Mitote and La Guerrilla. Como Las Movies perform at 10 p.m.
Bamako Airlines is lead by frontwoman Meera Chandy, a trained vocalist in Indian classical music. Their music is a fusion of traditional Afropo with modern-day funk, reggae and dance music. According to the band’s Facebook event page, attendees will need to be ready for a “fresh supply of soukous, juju, and other Afropop hits.” Bamako Airlines perform at midnight.
Austin-based blues fusion band Manteca Beat opens the show at 8 p.m.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. 21+ welcome. $6 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.
Como Las Movies