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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