Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 110 October 2020 - Page 43

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Discovery

Artists to follow

Members of Tank and the Bangas met at a New Orleans open mic show called Liberation Lounge at now closed Blackstar Cafe and Books in the Algiers section of New Orleans and formed the group in 2011.

The group was founded and is fronted by Tarriona "Tank" Ball on lead vocals; Ball first gained attention as a slam poet. The group is anchored by Joshua Johnson on drums and as musical director, Norman Spence on bass and synth keys, Merell Burkett, Jr. on keyboard, and Albert Allenback on alto saxophone and flute. Other active contributors include Jonathan Johnson on bass, Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph on background vocals, Etienne Stoufflet on tenor saxophone, and Danny Abel on guitar.

Previous band members include Joe Johnson on keyboard, who now plays with New Orleans jazz-fusion band Slugger, and background vocalist Kayla Buggage. Additionally, guitarist Keenan McRae and percussionist Nita Bailey were original members of the group and perform on its debut album.

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Tank and the Bangas