Orchestra GOLD

Behind Oakland CA-based ensemble Orchestra GOLD’s original sound is a decade-long story of knowledge, respect, and collaboration between Mariam Diakite of Mali and Erich Huffaker of Oakland. Blending the traditions of Mali and American rock/funk with a retro feel, Orchestra GOLD represents a world of powerful cross-cultural experience. Orchestra GOLD offers a kaleidoscope of magical sound deeply rooted in the past while boldly blazing towards the genre-bending future: African Psychedelic Rock.


Orchestra GOLD’s vibrant sound is spearheaded by the dynamic Mariam Diakite, whose raw, hypnotic vocals deliver heartfelt and thought-provoking lyrics in the Bambara language. While paying homage to Malian musical traditions, this fierce new sound thrives with heavy swinging rhythms, a fresh brass section, and cosmic
guitar licks.

With the release of their third album, Medicine, this profoundly spiritual and dance-inducing ensemble continually transcends borders and boundaries to be a force of healing. The group has previously opened for Afrobeat living legend Ebo Taylor and performed at SWXW in Austin, at Joshua Tree Music Festival among many other venues.