8316 Oak St. New Orleans, LA  (504) 866 9359  Map & Directions

Pirate's Choice

An all-star supergroup, a collective of like-minded musicians, a way of life, Pirate's Choice initially started as a conversation between Luke Quaranta (of Toubab Krewe), Raja Kassis (of Antibalas, Raja Kassis' humanBEING), and Sam Dickey (of Benyoro). The group's mission is clear: to explore and expand upon the music of Africa (particularly West Africa), and its deep connections to American popular music and other diasporic styles. The group's name is drawn from a classic album by the legendary Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, and is simultaneously a reference to the golden era of post-independence music in West Africa, as well as the nomadic lifestyle of modern working musicians.

Collectively, the core members of Pirate's Choice have a common bond, traveling to the continent numerous times, cutting their teeth performing and studying with many West African legends such as Toumani Diabaté, Oumou Sangare, Fatou Guewel, and Kiné Lam. Drawing from this experience, and in keeping with its underlying philosophy, the group features a revolving line-up of musicians and special guests from a variety of styles and backgrounds. Pirate's Choice pays homage to the traditional ensembles and innovative orchestras of the West African post-independence era, while also taking the tradition to new places.

Pirate's Choice has featured:

Luke Quaranta
Raja Kassis
Sam Dickey
Justin Perkins
Weedie Braimah
Yacouba Sissoko
Balla Kouyaté
Bébé Camara
Fred Doumbé
Eric Vogel
Terrence Houston
Justin Kimmel
Andy Algire
Nate Edgar
Max Moran
Alfred Jordan

and many more...


There are no scheduled shows.