Daara J and daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra

Senegalese hip hop and hip hop with jazz and classical music presented by Grand Performances.

Friday, July 28, 2006
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Grand Performances
350 S. Grand Avenue
at California Plaza
Los Angeles, CA

Daara J
July 28 2006, 12:00 PM
This young Senegalese hip hop trio created a world-wide buzz with their 1997 self-titled release. Since then, they have continued to win fans in Europe, Asia and Africa and are now cultivating a U.S. following.  Their Grand Performances debut will feature their trademark songs, sung in the tribal wolof, English, French and Spanish, as well as an acoustic rendition of their global hit, Esperanza. African rhythms and ambient sounds blend with American hip hop influences,  complemented by lyrics that speak of the ills of globalism, the perils of a traditional society, the environment, and spirituality. Both the noon and evening performances are a culmination of a week-long series of workshops with some of our city’s most influential musicians.  To hear selections, visit

daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra and Daara J
July 28 2006, 7:00 PM
Los Angeles’ ground-breaking daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, led by Geoff "Double G" Gallegos, brings a program of new music and collaborations to Grand Performance. daKAH, the brainchild of Gallegos, is a symphonic ensemble that combines the electronic rhythms of hip hop with jazz and classical music. Unlike conventional hip hop music, daKAH takes the essential spirit of hip hop music and orchestrates it for acoustic instruments, dancers, singers, rappers, and DJs. Daara J opens the evening and joins the ensemble in a special three-song medley arranged by Gallegos. This show promises to be a mind-blowing, transcontinental immersion of sound. 

Cost : Free and open to the public

For more information please contant:

Grand Performances350 S. Grand Avenue at California Plaza

Tel: 213 687 2159



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