Dare to dance at the Red Bike

Cordaviva, a nine-piece powerhouse band, will play at the Bike on Friday. - Courtesy Photo
Cordaviva, a nine-piece powerhouse band, will play at the Bike on Friday.
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The Seattle band Cordaviva will bring its Afro-beat to the Bike with a concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Cordaviva, a nine-piece powerhouse of dance music, finds its signature notes in the disparate rhythms and musical styles of Africa. Its upbeat original sound blends rumba, soukous, Afro-beat, funk and various Latin styles. Bright horns compliment vocal harmonies sung in various languages, along with soulful guitars and driving percussion.

Performing at such notable Seattle venues as The Triple Door, Nectar Lounge, The Tractor Tavern and ACT Theatre, Cordaviva’s influences stem from musical legends such as Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Guinea’s Bembeya Jazz and Congo’s Franco & TP OK Jazz as well as the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban sounds of Caetano Veloso and Mongo Santamaria.

“You’ll be in for a real treat when you see Cordaviva… (their music gives them) an unexpected edge in the local world music scene and completely sets them apart,” said Lindsey Scully of SSG Music.

This is a free all-ages show until 11 p.m., then 21 and older after that.

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