The Center For The Arts Presents Mojo Green and Kadija
Saturday, November 17th 8:00 PM Grass Valley Elks Lodge
“Awesome show and Mojo killed it! They are a great band. Thanks for everything.” – Sandpoint Summerfest
“Boise LOVED this band! They packed the house and the dance floor to capacity. A Festival favorite and Highlight.”
– Tree Fort Fest
Mojo Green is a 7-piece, female-fronted, horn-heavy funk band from Reno featuring a high energy, hard-hitting horn section. Performance highlights include: The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, The Chapel, The Boom Boom Room, The Viper Room, Sweet Water Music Hall, Mateel Music Fest, TreeFort Fest, Hangtown Halloween, For The Funk Of It, Squaw Valley Funk Fest, The Bounce, Ridgestock, Burning Man, Guitarfish, Enchanted Forest Gathering, Off Beat Music Fest, Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Sandpoint Summerfest, Concerts At Commons Beach and Live at Lake View Tahoe.
Recent shared the stage with Lyrics Born, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce, The Funky Meters, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Dumstaphunk, Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Turkuaz, The Monophonics, Rusted Root and Poor Man’s Whiskey.
“We loved hosting them- and the audience loved them too. We’ll definitely do something again.” – Mateel Summer Arts & Music Fest
“Mojo Green delivered the goods. I had so many people tell me how much they loved their set.” – Spookadelic Funktaculuar
“Yeah man, crowd loved them! Super great vibe.” – Mountain Town Music Series
Kadija is the sonic, coming of age story of the Diaspora and all its beautiful struggles and challenges of the last 400 years to the current paradigm shifts of the 21st century. Kadija is musical duo musician/producer Aja Salvatore and singer/songwriter Melike Konur. Equal parts funk/soul/jazz heavily inundated with Breakbeats and African rhythms sprinkled with heart opening and soul reaching lyrics.
Singer Song/writer Melike Konur is a self proclaimed Afro-Turk spending the last 5 years reconnecting to her paternal homeland of Istanbul, Turkey. She aspires to speak lyrically on an engimatic cultural amalgamation she grew up in. At once nostalgic for a time where temples devoted to Aphrodite were alive in the fertile valleys of the Meditteranean; she also taps in to the aching voices of her maternal lineage of West African anscestors first stolen to Sulligent, Alabama in the 1800’s. Since hitting the professional stage at 14 at the Kennedy Center, Melike has worked with Debbie Allen, Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, members of Incognito, and studied jazz at Point Park Conservatory of the Arts. Her role in the duo is clear as a soulful artist that has priveledge to walk in many worlds, but make no mistake, her writing comes from the Heart and is for the upliftment of all People.
Aja Salvatore is a drummer and guitarist with roots in jazz and an extensive background of studying in Mali Africa. He was a student of the late reknowned guitar master Zani Diabate and djembe grand master Abdul Doumbia. He is also a film producer and spearheaded the film, Music in Mali: Life is Hard Music is Good, along with grammy award winning sound engineer, Oz Fritz. As an artist Aja has worked intimately with Bill Laswell, Toumani Diabate, Cyhi the Prince, Fat Trell, Les Nubians, Earl Chinna Smith, and Danny Glover. As composer and rhythmic maestro of Kadija, Aja guides the listener gracefully into complexity.
Listeners be prepared to be transported into the multidimensional aura the duo embodies as Kadija. A fusion of Ancient drum rhythms, humming moody modal phrases of contemporary jazz, spirituality and spunk, Kadija is a sound that is bound to no genre and is timeless as such.
Kadija is a brand new project and has a bright future as they sell out every time they play in their current home base of Nevada City, California with a frequently changing roster of talent; Fred Doumbe (Les Nubians), Daniel Moreno (Don Cherry, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate), Richard Jones (Cherry Royale), Mike Skartezenia (BlocoElectro), and more.