BROWNFIELD, Maine — Ferro Gaita, a super band from the African country of Cape Verde, will be performing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.
The name Ferro Gaita comes from the combination of two instruments, the ferro (piece of iron played with a knife) and the gaita (a kind of accordion), used to play the Funaná, style of traditional music more played by this band.
This style started in the 19th century with the arrival of the accordion in Cape Verde, by the Portuguese priests, for the churches. This instrument was taken over by the black and mulato slaves who used them to sing their soul and their problems, motives which led the accordion to be forbidden in public places until the independence in 1975.
In July 1996, three young musicians started the band with the ferro, gaita, drums and bass, causing a revolution on the Cape Verdean musical scene, reviving the traditional music from santiago island. They are the U2 of Cape Verde.
They are one of the most popular bands from their Island area and are making a rare New England appearance.
Tickets are $30, plus a $4 handling fee.
For tickets and information, go to stonemountainartscenter.com.