Cha Wa at Three Keys
The Mardi Gras Indian funk band CHA WA is the pitch-perfect hybrid of Mardi Gras Indians and street level funk music.
Their debut album Funk ‘n’ Feathers combines deep funk, percussive polyrhythms, and a mix of singing and Mardi Gras Indian chanting. These elements fuse into a hypnotic blend of culture that could only come out of the Crescent City. “The music is based on the Mardi Gras Indians, the brass bands, and the street culture of New Orleans,” says bandleader/drummer Joe Gelini. “Cha Wa” is a slang phrase used by every Mardi Gras Indian tribe. It means “We’re comin’ for ya.”