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APRIL 15: Friday Jazz at the High presents Mausiki Scales

Mausiki Scales
Michael J. Media

Friday Jazz at the High welcomes Mausiki Scales on April 15 from 6-9 p.m.

Joining him in the High's Atrium are Alex Jones (Guitar, Bass, Vocals), Xavier Jones (Drums), Tavius Elder (Guitar), Dashill Smith (Horns, Vocals), DeWayne Martin (Saxophone), Milkah Sadkiki-Yisrael (Vocals) and Mia Lewis (Vocals). The Orkin Terrace performance begins at 6:15–7 p.m. and 7:40–8:30 p.m and features Oluwatosin Taiqo (Multi-instrumentalist, vocals) and Adebayo Bello (Multi-instrumentalist, vocals).

Attendees will also be able to check out the What is Left Unspoken, Love exhibition as well as Disrupting Design, Modern Posters: 1900-1940 and more.

Mausiki Scales has been a force in the Atlanta indie music scene since the nineties as a sought-after keyboardist and the founder and musical director of the critically acclaimed ensemble the Common Ground Collective.

Honored in 2015 with the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, Mausiki is also a folklorist and historian who translates his knowledge into musical arrangements that leave his audiences moved and literally moving. Whether performing as a trio or as part of a full ensemble, Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective are known for taking fans on a fearless exploration of the pulsating rhythms of the African diaspora, seamlessly moving between Afrobeat, funk, hip-hop, soul, and New Orleans jazz in a single performance.

They have also collaborated with artists such as Roy Ayers, Babatunde Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets, Third World, Russell Gunn, and Julie Dexter. Together, Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective have released four albums, most recently Passages: The Water Brought Us, and in 2009, they were featured in the Roy Ayers Fela/Afrobeat version of “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” In 2016, Mausiki released Drums & Shadows, featuring the juke-joint-invoking single “No Tables, No Chairs,” inspired by the parade and concert on the Atlanta BeltLine. The album was recognized by BBC Radio’s Gilles Peterson as one of the 50 Essential Jazz and Beyond Records of 2017.

Mausiki released his latest project, WestWest Africa, in July 2020. The single “Kaleidoscopic Universe” has achieved worldwide acclaim and was previously a featured track on Spotify’s Jazz Funk playlist.

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