The beat goes on: "Each drum rhythm and song have specific dances to match," says bassist Ryan Reardon, left, of Zansa's songs. The local Afropop outfit headlines opening night of Mountain Sports Festival. Photo courtesy of the band

Drums + dance

Zansa kicks off big summer plans at Mountain Sports Festival Asheville Afropop band Zansa’s name comes from a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend.” True to that moniker, Adama Dembele (lead vocals and djembe), Patrick Fitzsimons (guitar), Sean Mason (drum set), Ryan Reardon (bass) and Matt Williams (acoustic and electric violins […]

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Smart Bets: Zansa

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 […]