Smart Bets: Zansa

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Local Afropop band Zansa has big news: Frontman Adama Dembele recently returned from a trip to his home country, Ivory Coast, where he performed at the weeklong MASA Festival, according to a press release. Fellow Ivory Coast native and dancer Barakissa Coulibaly (pictured) just made her way to Asheville, where she’ll be teaching and performing — and sharing the stage with Zansa at Isis Music Hall on Friday, April 18. “We want to transport people to my village,” says Dembele, “and show them what a West African dance party is like.” The evening includes Ivory Coast guitarist Moussa Kone; Spanish/Middle Eastern fusion outfit Juan Benavides Group opens; and Chef Mike Mahoney prepares globally inspired dinner specials. 9 p.m., $10/$12. Photo courtesy of the artist

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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