djustpora

djustpora

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Djustpora’s style is a rare and balanced mixture of diverse musical genres from traditional West African melodies to folk, soul and pop. The group’s songs deliver positive and conscious messages delivered in English and Wolof. The result of Armand and Ouly’s mixed experiences, is a sound that is familiar to the Western ear but offers a glimpse of Africa that is rare and sincere.

Biography

Djustpora is the musical duo of Pape Armand Boye and Oulimata Niang.

Djustpora’s style is a rare and balanced mixture of diverse musical genres from traditional West African melodies to folk, soul and pop. The group’s songs deliver positive and conscious messages delivered in English and Wolof. The result of Armand and Ouly’s mixed experiences, is a sound that is familiar to the Western ear but offers a glimpse of Africa that is rare and sincere.

“We want our sound to go beyond generations and geographies to reach people“ --Armand

Pape Armand Boye was born in Tenguëch/Rufisque, Sénégal and was celebrated there as a pioneer of acoustic folk music as a member of the duo Tama. He later brought his music to Germany and New York and has since produced albums ranging from African pop/folk, to jazz, reggae and hip hop. He is the composer, arranger, producer and instrumentalist for Djustpora and records and mixes all of the titles himself at LaRO Music studios in Brooklyn, New York. Armand brings a voice of experience to the duo that serves as a natural complement to the refreshing youthfulness of his partner Ouly.

Oulimata (Ouly) Niang was also born in Sénégal, in the capital city of Dakar. At the age of nine, she immigrated to Miami and then later to Montréal and has since spent most of her young adult life in New York. Over the years Ouly has made it her focus to enrich the texture and versatility of her rich vocals, earning both a BFA and MFA in voice along the way. She has had a long love affair with jazz and soul music. Today that love has made her into the voice of a fresh new generation of young and culturally-mixed artists that have grown up listening to Nina Simone and Sade as well as Miriam Makeba.

“Ouly and I are different but we both reflect Africa. Together we want to show another face of the continent to the world.”- Armand

Djustpora’s 2012 self-titled release showcases Armand’s years of songwriting and production experience and Ouly’s soulfoul vocals and energy. His vibrant compositions, combined with Ouly’s heart-filled interpretations, make for a collaboration that is original and refreshing.

The album features key performances by acclaimed drummer Manny Laine (Wyclef Jean, Common, Bélo, Les Nubians), percussionist Thiokho Diagne (Angelique Kidjo), bassist Tim Grünwald (Rataplan), mandolin/guitar by Clifton Hyde (Blue Man Group, TinPan) and trumpet by Jesse Sendgut (Gato Loco)

I'm very excited about this album. It is a great representation of who we are as people and artists. I hope that listeners will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed the process.” -Ouly

Discography

Djustpora 2012

SINGLES:
1) I'm coming (Am na Lu Tax)
2) Thiaroye
3) Taguu Naa
4) Life of Desire (Bamba Gueej)
5) Hey Hey Hey
6) Dinoo (Why Don't You Wonder)
7) Doo Meussa Jeulli (You'll Never Know)
8) Sacrifice
9) Wings of Glory
10)Rise

Set List

All songs have been arranged for a 1 hour set or 2 hour set in three congfigurations:
1. Acoustic
2. Jazz
3. Full Band

1. Djustpora Acoustic Set:
The duo sing with percussion and bass as well as acoustic guitars and mandolin/ukelele or trumpet.

2. Djustpora Jazz Set:
The duo sing with light percussion, bass, guitar and trumpet

3. Full Djustpora Band:
The duo sing with drums, percussion, bass, two acoustic guitars, one electric guitar and trumpet

1. I'm Coming (Am na Lu Tax)
2. Thiaroye
3. Taguu Naa
4. Life of Desire (Bamba Gueej)
5. Hey Hey Hey
6. Dinoo
7. Doo Meussa Jeulli (You'll Never Know)
8. Sacrifice
9. WIngs of Glory
10.Rise