Streaming audio — Bukuru Celestin with Snarky Puppy, “Yesu,” recorded at Music Lab at Jefferson Center
When Acoustic Africa performs at Jefferson Center on Friday, the audience will get a bonus.
The venue last week announced an opening act. Young singer-songwriter Bukuru Celestin, who joined the Music Lab at Jefferson Center about two years ago, will open the show, fronting a band of regional music heavyweights and his three sisters on backing vocals.
In his short time at the lab, Celestin’s songwriting and performances have led to a recording session with internationally touring jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy. He has also begun to play around the Roanoke Valley, including recent spots at Go Outside Festival and CityWorks (X)po 2012.
With Snarky Puppy, whose frequent Roanoke appearances have created a strong fan base, Celestin and his sisters – Ndayishimiye Furaha, 17, Niyonzima Ethrasie, 14, and Nibigira Elvanie, 12 – recorded Celestin’s song “Yesu,” with more studio work yet to come.
Hear “Yesu,” streaming here. Read the full story and get show details.