June 2:  Summer Arts and Music Festival,  Garberville, CA

May 11:  Untapped Blues Festival, Kennewick, WA

May 3:  Beale Street Music Festival / Memphis In May,  Memphis, TN (duo with Kinney Kimbrough)

May 2:  Rooster's Blues, Oxford MS (duo with Kinney Kimbrough)

April 26-27:  Festival International, Lafayette LA


Markus James' West African happiness surplus

San Francisco Bay Guardian
In an age of endless crossover between most conceivable forms of music, it’s but small surprise that a Caucasian man from Virginia is making blues with West African witch doctors. What rarely gets discussed in these cross-ocean collaborations is the social aspect of the fusion. What did the artists eat for lunch the day they recorded that track? In what language was the “and-a-one” that started off the first take? (more…)


"’Timbuktoubab’ is that rare film in which a Westerner ventures into another culture and actually illuminates it… Beautifully filmed, richly narrated, and genuinely moving"
—Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide, author of “In
Griot Time”

Few cross-cultural musical collaborations have been as pleasing and fruitful as Markus James’s Timbuktoubab project…. their music is a language whose grammar has been developing for centuries along the sandy banks of the Niger River and in the delta of the Mississippi River.
—Marco Werman,
PRI/BBC’s The World

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"Excellent…4 stars"
—Global Rhythm Magazine