Lo’Jo is the sort of low-key, warmly contemporary act that suits Johnny D’s perfectly…World Music CRASHarts has again brought to Boston a band that blends old world, European charm and a thoroughly contemporary, “citizens of the world” groove. Denis Péan, lead singer and keyboardist, founded the group with Richard Bourreau (who plays both kora and violin) in Angers, France. Péan’s rough-hewn voice is a delicious counterpoint to the gentler warbling of Yamina and Nadia Nid el Mourid, sisters with an eye on West African traditions. They are rounded out by members Kham Meslien and Baptiste Brondy.
…In thirty years of performing, the French band’s fans and collaborators include Robert Plant, Menwar, Robert Wyatt, Niaz Diasamidze, and Vincent Segal. With time, they have developed a polished vigor. Their music, when I saw them, filled Johnny D’s like a heady but familiar cocktail. Yes, their combinations are non-traditional and bewildering, not to mention enormously fun and a bit weird”