Smart Bets: EMEFE and The Brand New Life

If the proliferation of trios and duos and one-man bands has been getting you down, here's a show that's sure to pack the stage. Greensboro/Chapel Hill-based world music septet The Brand New Life is currently on tour with Brooklyn's 10-piece Afrobeat orchestra, EMEFE. That's 17 musicians in just two bands! The Brand New Life includes Mamadou Mbengue, a Wolof griot from Senegal, West Africa, descended from a lineage of “talking-drum” masters. EMEFE is led by Miles Arntzen, the drummer for Antibalas. Both bands perform at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Jan. 25. 10 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 day of show. http://ashevillemusichall.com.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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