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      April 8, 2020

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      723 Rigsbee Ave
      Durham, North Carolina 27701

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      Cha Wa

      Experts trace the origin of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition to French and Spanish rule, when enslaved Africans gathered to let off steam while celebrating their heritage at Congo Square in New Orleans Trem neighborhood. Processionals of the richly costumed Indian tribes are led by spyboys, or lookouts, along a parade route. Fittingly, the funked-up Mardi Gras Indian band Cha Wa named its 2018 GRAMMY-nominated album Spyboy in tribute to this essential custom. Praised by Offbeat Magazine as spirited and freewheeling, Cha Wa, led by vocalist JWan Boudreaux, combines second-line and brass band music into its own signature New Orleans sound. Taking its name from the Mardi Gras Indian rallying call, here we come, Cha Wa will enliven Durham with this Crescent City tradition.

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