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July 22 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Balla Kouyaté and Mike Block Band
SAVE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS
In honor of their triple platinum track “Who Let the Dogs Out”, Caroga Arts will be directing $1 of every ticket sold to the Fulton County Regional SPCA to help animals in need!
Free for students! Caroga Arts offers free general admission to concert goers under age 17 for all Caroga Arts presented concerts at Sherman’s.
Junkanoo stylings, pop sensibilities, and Caribbean feels fuse in this Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum family of nine hailing from the Bahamas.
Approaching their 30th anniversary as a group, the Baha Men rode a massive wave of success in the early 2000s following the release of hit single, ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’. Featured in major motion pictures and chanted throughout sports stadiums around the globe, the Baha Men unleashed a revolutionary form of Caribbean pop that permeated American pop culture.
The hit single would go on to earn the band several awards including a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, as well as Billboard Music Awards for World Music Artist and Album of the Year. The group would also win a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song the same year, then follow it up with another Kids Choice Award for Favorite Band in 2002.
Their worldwide success also propelled them into the film industry, where they saw several of their songs featured in movies such as Miss Congeniality, Around the World in 80 Days, Garfield: The Movie, Men In Black II, and most notably, The Hangover. 2003 also saw their hit song ‘Best Years of Our Lives’ featured in the international hit, Shrek.
A relationship with Disney brought about several opportunities for the Baha Men, as well. In 2002, the group covered The Lion King classic, ‘Hakuna Matata’, for the debut DisneyMania album. The band would also go on to record ‘Bahama Roller Coaster Ride’, their take on ‘Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride’ from the movie Lilo & Stitch for DisneyMania 4.
Recognized by Rolling Stone as “Bahamian junkanoo pioneers”, the Baha Men continue to hit monumental milestones. With the support of Sony Music Entertainment, the group released ‘Night and Day’ in 2014. Soon after, the track was selected to be featured alongside Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Santana, and others in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album. In 2015, the band released Ride With Me, their first album in over ten years, following a performance at the halftime show of a New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game. The album would mark the beginning of a relationship between the Baha Men and producer Troyton Rami (Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder), who would go on to produce future releases. As the band nears 100 million cumulative streams worldwide, the group has also performed on Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Bachelorette, and collaborated with Our Last Night for a performance that has since surpassed a million views on YouTube.
Through a partnership with producer Troyton Rami, the Baha Men first released ‘Bumpa’ on February 22nd, 2018. Reaching 200K Spotify streams since release and featured on Sirius XM’s Venus Channel, they followed up the single with the April 5th, 2019 release of ‘Let’s Go’. Produced by DJ Buddha (Pitbull), the band honed their high-energy, junkanoo-meets-hip hop brew.
With their April 30th release of ‘Take A Chance,” recorded with Patrick Romantik in Miami, the Baha Men continue to prove their longevity and ability to craft high energy pop hooks while maintaining a close-knit and familial feel to their music.