William S. Burroughs once famously said, “Language is a virus from outer space.” Words — no matter how well articulated or carefully strung together — can get in the way of communication. Toubab Krewe has no need for words. The instrumental five-piece from Asheville, N.C., conveys its cross-cultural, musical messages using a unique combination of kora (21-stringed lute), kamelengoni (12-stringed harp-lute), suka (Malian horsehair fiddle) and African percussion. Such spice helps mold, shape and give meaning to their bass-, drums- and guitar-based offerings. Literalists may lament their lack of language, but if you listen closely to the space between the notes, they’re easy to understand. Toubab Krewe plays Thursday, Sept. 26, at Capital Ale House with Richmond classic rockers the Southern Belles. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of. capitalalehouse.com.
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