Mtali Banda W/ Kimaya Diggs At The Iron Horse

sat25may6:00 pmsat9:00 pmMtali Banda W/ Kimaya Diggs At The Iron Horse

Event Details

Mtali Banda w/ Kimaya Diggs
at The Iron Horse
Saturday, May 25th
SHOW: 7:00pm / DOORS: 6:00pm (Separate Bar area will be open prior to venue door times)
P1: $25 GA / $23 MEMBERS
P2: $20 GA / $18 MEMBERS
P1: $30 GA / $28 MEMBERS
P2: $25 GA / $23 MEMBERS
Mtali William Banda is a musician, composer, scholar and educator. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY; but he has roots all over the country having grown up between Wisconsin, Atlanta, and Boston. A PhD Candidate in the W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mtali’s work uses performance and autoethnography in order to explore Black history in the Global African Diaspora. His use of musical composition and personal narrative help to bridge Black experiences throughout the diaspora, with an emphasis on Malawian history, and how that connects to his own experiences as a Malawian American raised in Black America. In 2017, Mtali Banda released his first album, “Rites of Passage.” He is currently back in the studio, finishing two different projects which he intends to share later this year.
Musician Kimaya Diggs navigates her world with stories. Penning her first one-woman show as a little kid, she’s published fiction, earned a Callaloo fellowship for poetry, and works days as a speechwriter—not to mention the accolades her songwriting’s earned, including a New England Music Awards nod, gigs at legendary folk haunts like Club Passim, and appearances at Green River Festival, Rubblebucket’s Dream Picnic, and the Emily Dickinson festival. “I’ve always thought of my writing and music as one thing—connective storytelling,” Diggs explains. But while her mother was sick with a twelve-year illness, Diggs felt unable to share the whole truth. Her first LP, 2018’s Breastfed, was largely about her mom, but it wasn’t until her passing that Diggs was free to use songwriting to process. “Sharing my grieving experience has resonated with people; they’re excited to hear something that’s not all good,” notes Diggs. To help cope, Diggs and her husband Jacob Rosazza—also her musical collaborator—rescued an ex-racing dog, Quincy. Though they shared only two years together, caring for the traumatized animal helped Diggs find purpose. “Having him was challenging, but at the same time, he’s why we survived the first year without my mom,” offers Diggs. “It was special to get to love a creature so much—because of, in spite of, and in addition to the challenges he came with.” Losing Quincy gave her greater insight on heartache, so she named her newest album after him.

The Iron Horse is located at 20 Center St. Northampton MA, 01060.



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The Iron Horse Music Hall

20 Center Street