Bamboula 2000 - Update
Bamboula 2000 is deeply rooted in the soul of Congo Square in New Orleans. This exciting music and dance experience formed 22 years ago in 1994 has become beloved in New Orleans and beyond. Bamboula 2000’s music is influenced by New Orleans, the Caribbean and Africa. The group has won the prestigious Big Easy Award for Best World Music group three times and has been nominated 8 times. In addition, Bamboula 2000 reaches thousands of children annually through their Imagination Tour dance and drum workshops.
On the new release, “Up From Congo Square”, Bamboula 2000 integrates a modern soul sound with African, Caribbean and Jazz influences.
Over the last 22 years, the group has released six compact discs, Cultural Warrior (1996), New Society (2000), Live at 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2008) on MunckMusic, We Got It Goin’ On! (2010) & Bamboula’s 20th Anniversary disc “The Wild Bamboulas” (2014). A major recording achievement for Luther was his co-writing credits and performance on the title song of Trout Fishing in America, Grammy nominated 2008 CD, “Big Round World”!
On YouTube, Bamboula has released videos from their latest CD and over 10 videos of performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Live, the Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center and in Congo Square. Members of Bamboula have appeared in HBO’s Treme’, TNT’s Memphis Beat, American Horror Stories and most recently, Roots.
World music percussionist, Luther Gray, leads the group. He has performed all over the world with Bamboula 2000 and The Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. Bamboula 2000 has toured Mexico,Louisiana, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia & Florida. In addition, Luther has toured with the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians to such international locations as Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, United Arab Emirates, France, Martinique, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras, & Guatemala. He has also toured Ghana, Benin & South Africa.
In addition to his musical endeavors Luther also founded the Congo Square Preservation Society with Bamboula Queen, Jamilah Peters-Muhammad in 1989. The Society is responsible for placing Congo Square on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, erecting the Congo Square Historic Plaque in 1997 and sponsoring the weekly Sundays in Congo Square Drum & Dance Workshops since 1989. The Society has played a part in all of the major improvements in Congo Square since 1989. More information can be found at: (www.congosquarepreservationssociety.org).
Bamboula 2000 consists of:
Luther Gray – Producer, songwriter, percussions, kalimba & vocals
Cameron Woods – Producer, songwriter, engineer & drums
Cheryl Woods – Producer, songwriter, Lead Singer, & Bass
Drena Clay – Soulful Lead vocalist, songwriter
Eric Hornsby –Versatile keyboardist & songwriter
Jeremy Thomas – Trumpet, Producer, Composer
Clark Richardson - Dun-Dun drums and percussion
James Hatchett – Guitar, Songwriter
Jamilah Peters-Muhammad – Choreographer, teacher & Dancer
Kai Knight – Choreographer, teacher & Dancer
The Bamboula Warrior - Torrence Taylor – Dancer, teacher
Bamboula 2000 is a musical force that combines dance and sound like no other group in New Orleans! The influences of Bamboula 2000 spans three hundred years of Congo Square history and culture yet continues to innovate in the 21st century.