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CANCELLED – Habib Koité – 9:00 PM
One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because his musicianship, wit, and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. Over the past decade, his artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, delighting audiences the world over, and placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music. Bonnie Raitt proclaims, “first there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray, and now Habib.” Koité’s much-anticipated new release, Kharifa, was recorded entirely in Bamako. The sound of Mali, its rich and diversified musical traditions, and its instruments permeate the music of this superb project. The original compositions and covers that form the backbone of this new album reflect the griot’s open spirit, his willingness to travel through the rich Malian heritage while building the foundations of a resolutely modern music, also influenced by Western rock and folk. Koité will be joined by Abdoul W. Berthe, Charly Coulibaly, Issa Kone, Mahamadou Kone, and Mama Kone on this concert date.
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