Monday, October 08, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Balla Tounkara & Ashley Maher THIS Sunday


"The West Meets West Africa" - California and Mali Meet in Boston
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 @ The Lily Pad
Inman Square, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Ashley appears at 7pm, Balla appears at 8:30pm.
Suggested donation, $10.

Ashley appears at Lily Pad w/ guitarist Francis Jacob, for this special night of beautiful songs and world grooves to share an evening of acoustic world music at The Lily Pad with Malian singer / kora master Balla Tounkara...

For more information, please contact Laura D'Onofrio @ 617 817 1182 or email Laura at

ASHLEY MAHER is an original - a singer-composer-bandleader who lives in the industrial West yet is truly at home with African and other world music traditions. Her highly individual and infectious brand of world/folk/jazz has gained her an international following, four acclaimed albums, and performances with several major African icons. Ashley has opened for Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Vusi Mahlasela, Zap Mama, and Dobet Gnahore. Youssou N'Dour recently released his new CD, Alsaama Day, featuring "Boul Bayekou", a song co-written by Ashley. She also just completed her fourth CD, Flying Over Bridges, produced by Cameroon's Andre Manga.

BALLA TOUNKARA, singer / kora master, was born into one of the Mali's most prestigious griot families. He studied the kora with his grandfathers, master kora player Batouroue Sekou Kouyate and Samakou Tounkara. Balla's deep devotion to Manding music and his mastery of the kora were further expanded by his interest in Western music. Since moving to the USA in 1996, he has collaborated with jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, R & B, Latin, and reggae musicians while maintaining his connection to his Malian roots. Balla's group, Groupe Spirit, has performed regularly in Boston and New York, with forays across the border into Canada. They perform a spicy, eclectic blend of African, Latin, funk, and blues that can electrify any audience

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