Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars bring their dance/funk/blues excitement to Steyer Opera House Jan. 19. (Submitted photo)
As part of the Oneota Film Festival, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars will perform at Hotel Winneshiek's Steyer Opera House in downtown Decorah from 8:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday. Jan. 19.
Tickets are available in advance at Oneota Community Coop, Hotel Winnehiek and Decorah Chamber of Commerce. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $10, $8 for Film Festival members.
"This incredible band will make you want to dance like nobody is watching," Kyrl Henderson, Oneota Film Festival (OFF) president, said. "Tani Diakite's performance will be one of the highlights of a highlight-packed film-festival weekend in Decorah."
The Madison, Wis.-based band has garnered a huge following. Diakite (pron: Jaw kee tay), originally from Mali, is a driving musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists.
The music is unique but yet familiar with its jam band-esque feel. The n'goni, which Diakite plays, is thought to be the predecessor to the banjo and offers a hint of bluegrass mixed in with the dance/funk/blues sound.
For more about Tani Diakite, OFF films, panel discussions, workshops and reception go to oneotafilmfestival.com or the OFF Facebook page.
The Oneota FIlm Festival is made possible in part by the generous support of a large number of sponsors and donors across the regional community, including host Luther College, primary sponsor Oneota Community Food Coop, major sponsor Decorah Bank and Trust, other individual film and event sponsors, members, free will donations at the screenings, in kind support from a number of local businesses and service providers and the Decorah Public Library.