Alfa puts on a high-tempo show blending dance hall, hip hop, jazz and rock. The inventive group brings together the talents of Winnipeg all-stars Michael P Falk (guitar), Curtis Nowosad (drums), Julian Bradford (bass), Tim Friesen (keys) and Ismaila Alfa (vocals).
You may recognize Ismaila’s voice from his on-air work with CBC radio. But you may not know that he is also a renowned Winnipeg rapper and has surrounded himself with a talented cast capable of bringing his thought-provoking lyrics to life. Born in Nigeria and a world traveller, Ismaila’s global experiences help weave music created for a big world.
The band’s new album, Harmattan (2015) — released by Head In The Sand and produced by Petkau Falk — is a live-feeling record that works to match the improvised energy of the their live show. On stage, the group skillfully alternates between rehearsed and freestyle elements, creating a live show that is a different experience every time you see them. The one constant is their connection to the audience and the smell of your sweat from dancing relentlessly.
FREE show featuring special guest, Joanna Majoko