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About The Soto Koto Band

The vision of Gambian-born and United States-based world music DJ and festival promoter Oko Drammeh, the Soto Koto Band combined the rhythms of Africa, the musical sensibility of modern European dance music, and the intensity of big band jazz; described a performance by the Soto Koto Band as "a tinkling instrument plays the lead on a track of African drums and leads on to African voices and trumpets in the big band jazz style," while claimed that the band's "spectacular percussion and exotic rhythms generate an irresistible urge to dance." The Soto Koto Band joined with West African vocalist Abdel Kabirr to record an album of songs and instrumentals, Gumbay Dance, in 1991. ~ Craig Harris