Summer Nights Concert: Wagogo
Part of the Summer Nights Concert Series.
Wagogo Banda has been a mainstay world beat band in Albuquerque, NM since 1993. Their sound is inspired by the music of Zimbabwe, Central Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, mixed with Chicano and country roots music of the USA.
Born, raised and loved in Albuquerque, Wagogo is an eclectic group of musicians that make a rhythmic cocktail out of their Chicano influences, Northern Mexico folk songs, warm calypso island grooves, and the captivating spirit music of Zimbabwe. Their lyrics posses an equally enriching quality, being composed by lead singer Armando Ortega, in a blend of Spanish, English, and the Shona language of Zimbabwe. With such a diverse repertoire, Wagogo inspires a multi-generational crowd to dance and sing, and even gets the old folks weeping with its dedication to preserving the traditional roots of music, in addition to exploring new sounds. Broadcast on radio stations from New Mexico to New York, California, and Zimbabwe, they have been featured on Afro-Pop Worldwide radio show’s “Africa in the Americas” series. With all the intrigue of the Land of Enchantment, they are definitely a band not to be missed.
Wagogo is one of the longest-standing, most evolved local New Mexico bands of the past two decades, having released 5 CD’s previous to their most recent 2014 release, “Thank You Beautiful.” Starting with “Waking Up” in 1999, a CD titled (in three languages) "Baile Sosegador" in 2000, "Familia y Amor" in 2001, self-titled “Wagogo” in 2004, and “Love Music” in 2007, their previous flirtations with African rhythms and indigenous melodies have coalesced into a stunning example of what a group of musicians can accomplish when their collective influences are simply allowed to flow freely.
Currently consisting of Armando Ortega (vocals, guitars, mbira, percussion); Alyson Steinman (bass, vocals); Nicolas Adam Baker (drums, vocals, marimba, keyboard, accordion); Brian Shonerd (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums), and Fred Simpson (percussion), Wagogo utilizes a host of guest musicians live and on their recordings which lends the band a unique familial quality that’s instantly gratifying.
Read more about Wagogo on their website.
- Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Both the Aquarium and Botanic Garden will be open until 9 p.m.
- Hula hoop with the Ritzy Rouge Hula Hoop Troupe from 6-8 p.m.
Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, but please do not bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages into the park. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase.
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BioPark Members Tickets
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