Saaraba

Saaraba

BandRockReggae

New Orleans bred. Deep and brassy rock, reggae, world, surf guitar, funky horn section... We put it all in the big melting pot that is the most musically fertile place in the world, stirred it up and got a nice spicy NOLA flavored stew. Try it, you'll like it!!

Biography

SAARABA IS BACK!!!!

Saaraba has regrouped after an extended Hurricane Katrina hiatus and guess what: Now we have a story!! A lot of people say that you have to have a story if you want to interest people. For those of you that want to read our story, I'm gonna give it to ya and I think it's finally pretty good. For those that don't skip down to read a list of our accomplishments below.
All right here goes...
In the fall of 2002 Danny Marks and Boyana Trayanova moved into an apartment above a vacant grocery store in a historic New Orleans building. This set up a string of legendary parties, the fruits of which became the band Saaraba. Saaraba is a Wolof (Senegal, West Africa) word meaning utopia. It came from an independent Senegalese film of the same title found at the library. It's a cool word but hard to spell and remember--oh well. Anway, Saaraba played around New Orleans a lot for the next couple years, went through two bass players and released a debut eponymous album. By fall of 2003 Josh Riley joined the band and cemented the lineup. Between 2003 and Hurricane Katrina 2005, the band became a New Orleans mainstay. The band spread to the entire southeast region and ultimately all the way to the west coast. During this time Saaraba visited over 50 cities around the country and had some great times. In 2005 the band was selected for both of the prominent New Orleans music publications' awards in the reggae/world category and performed at the world famous New Orleans Jazz Fest. Things were going pretty well. Then, Josh Riley's family grew by one baby forcing him to retire from the band. Shortly after, as the band had just left for an ambitious two month tour, with new bass player Ari Leo when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. This sent the emotions of band members in many different directions. We continued the tour and extended it to include several Red Cross benefits. After the tour the band took a much needed break. In the spring of 2006 Jon Gross took over bass duties with his tuba but the tour was wrought with misfortunes. Many near misses on icy mountain roads and other unfortunate coincidences put the nail in the coffin of the band's pre-hurricane momentum. Danny Marks (me), the band founder left New Orleans for a bit. Band members also pursued other musical projects at this time but nothing came close to Saaraba. The band continued to play intermittently at Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and Halloween events but 2007 saw very little Saaraba activity. Now after a year in New York realizing that making music is way better in New Orleans, Danny is back in New Orleans and Saaraba are working on a new album. Some new faces have joined the group but the music is better than ever. Saaraba is looking to finally pick up on the adventurous musical spirit it had begun to forge when acts of god and man stepped in the way. Anyway,, that's our story. Of course I left out all the most interesting bits that really make the memories but for anyone who has been down the road with a band they know about those things themselves. Anyway...WE'RE BACK AND THIS IS A TAKEOVER!!!

Touring:

Cities Played: New Orleans, LA; Lafayette, LA; Port Allen, LA; Lake Charles, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Pensacola, FL; Destin, FL; Jackson, MS; Ocean Springs, MS; Houston, TX; Little Rock, AR; Lawrence, KS; Memphis, TN; Durango, CO; Denver, CO; Boulder, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Crested Butte, CO; Telluride, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Ft. Collins, CO; Snowmass, CO; Vail, CO; Gunnison, CO; Keystone, CO; Lander, WY; Alta, WY; Ketchum, ID; Sand Point, ID; Boise, ID; Moscow, ID; Victor, ID; Seattle, WA; Clarkston, WA; Spokane, WA; Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; Ashland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Colton, CA; Petaluma, CA; Redlands, CA; Upland, CA; Fontana, CA; Davis, CA; Mesa, AR; Missoula, MT; Bozeman, MT; Great Falls, MT; Helena, MT; Chicago, IL; Champaign, IL; Decatur IL; Carbondale, IL; Madison, WI; St. Louis, MS

Awards/Distinctions:
2005 Big Easy Award– Best Reggae/World in New Orleans
2005 Best of the Beat Award—Best Emerging Latin/World in New Orleans

Special Events:
2008 Apocalypse Ball-- New Orleans, La
2007 Apocalypse Ball New Orleans, LA
2006- Krewe Du Brew Festival New Orleans, LA
2006 French Quarter Festival—New Orleans, LA
2005 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival—New Orleans, LA
2005 French Quarter Festival—New Orleans, LA
2005 Eugene Celebration Festival—Eugene, OR
2005 Hurricane Katrina Benefit—Boise, ID
2005 Hurricane Katrina Benefit—Great Falls, MT
2005 Hurricane Katrina Benefit—Bozeman, MT
2005 Mennonite Disaster Relief Benefit--Upland, CA
2005 University of Redlands--Redlands, CA
2005 Rockin’ October Fest—Petaluma, CA
2004 Loyola University Hurricane Festival—New Orleans, LA
2003, 2004, 2005 Apocalypse Ball (Mardi Gras Benefit for the Louisiana Himalaya association--NOLA

Press Quotes (for Saaraba)

“New Orleans’s own ska/funk hybrid Saaraba is one

Discography

Nudivinity (Damngood! Records 2004)
Saaraba (Damngood! Records 2003)

Set List

70% Original 30% Cover

Styles: Rock, Reggae, Funk, Ska, Surf, "World", NEW F@#$-ing ORLEANS ya'll!!!!