© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Hearts of Darkness Brings Afrobeat to KC

James Brown meets Fela Kuti meets Benny Moten meets The Supremes. That's one description for the hybrid style of a hot new Kansas City big band known as Hearts of Darkness.

By Laura Ziegler


Kansas City, MO – You may have come across the 18-piece dance band at Mardi Gras festivals in the Crossroads and at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Or at the recent Kansas City, Kansas Street fair.

Hearts of Darkness has been packing dance venues everywhere it goes. And it was nominated by The Pitch Weekly as Best Live Act last year. KCUR's Laura Ziegler takes us inside one of Kansas City's newer musical happenings.

Hearts of Darkness will be releasing its debut album on July 10, 2010 at Crosstown Station.

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.