You never know what kind of musical genius you’re going to happen upon on a Saturday night in Memphis. We ran into Hope Clayburn last week at The Cove playing to a packed house for a fund raiser for a local music documentary, Meanwhile in Memphis, which was directed by her Soul Scrimmage band mate Robert Allen Parker. Clayburn is prominently featured in the documentary and the North Carolina native has come to see Memphis as her musical home.
The Soul Scrimmage ensemble has had a revolving cast of players over the years, the current line-up includes includes guitarist Robert Allen Parker Jr., bassistKhari Wynn, trumpet player Victor Darnell Sawyer and drummer Paul Taylor. The band is an eclectic mash-up of of jazz, R&B, reggae and Afro-pop, and they throw a dance party like you would not believe!
Clayburn kicked off her musical career while attending college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Her first band was called Baaba Seth and has been described as a “world beat-styled jam band” and is credited with turning Clayburn onto African music.