An experiment conceived by Snarky Puppy founder Michael League, the process of formation was all but conventional. The word bokanté means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s youth growing up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Bokanté is formed by 8 musicians from 4 continents, each one accomplished in their own right and well versed in music far beyond that of their point of origin. Four-time Grammy award-winning guitarists Michael League, Chris McQueen, and Bob Lanzetti (all from Snarky Puppy), percussion legend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), pedal and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), and unplaceable percussionists André Ferrari (Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) come together to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody and soul. Bokanté will present their top selling Grammy nominated album “What Heat” 2020 on the A to JazZ’ stage, promising a very special show for the 10th Anniversary of the festival. “We are happy to be in Bulgaria for the first time ever, knowing that A to JazZ is one of the top festivals in the region. Can’t wait to meet your emotional audience”, says Michael League.