Cha Wa “Spyboy” CD Release Party (Mardi Gras Indian Funk)
The infectious music and dazzling stage show of Cha Wa has been described as â€œfunk with feathersâ€ â€“ a sound rooted in traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian music mixed with funk and soul, creating a non-stop groove machine. See the HBO series â€œTremeâ€ for more details on the culture of Mardi Gras Indians, whose history dates in the Crescent City dates from 1885. Cha Wa, meaning â€œWeâ€™re coming for ya!â€ is a slang phrase used by every Mardi Gras Indian tribe. The band features legendary Mardi Gras Indians Irving â€œHoneyâ€ Banister and Jâ€™Wan Boudreaux on vocals and Kerry â€œBoom Boomâ€ Vessell on bass drum, along with New Orleans music veterans Joe Gelini on drum set, John Fohl on guitar, Bill Richards on bass, and Steve Malinowski on organ.
If youâ€™re lucky enough to find yourself on the corner of Second and Dryades on Mardi Gras Day, you will hear â€œCha Waâ€ chanted in celebration throughout the streets. Cha Wa brings the New Orleans Second Line parade to the stage. Make sure to put on your dancing shoes!