Friday, February 01, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Music of West Africa this weekend

Dear African Dance & Music Community

Two great opportunities on Saturday night to witness the exquisite music of West Africa:

1 - Toumani Diabate @ Somerville Theatre
2 - Boubacar Diabate & SambaLolo @ Matt Murphy's
1 - From West Africa
Saturday, February 2, 8pm | Somerville Theatre - 55 Davis Sq.
Reserved Seating: $35, $28 - for tickets & info.

Regarded by many as the greatest kora player on the planet, Toumani Diabaté is simultaneously revered as the guardian of traditional African music and as its bold, boundary-crossing innovator. His Symmetric Orchestra captures this careful balance between tradition and innovation, youth and maturity, electric and acoustic. The exhilarating band includes musicians from Mali, Senegal, Guinea and Ivory Coast and features the soaring vocals of the great Malian Kassé Mady Diabaté, Boubacar Diabaté on djembe drum, Lassana Diabaté on balafon (traditional xylophone), Ganda Tounkara on the dry, deserty ngoni lute and Fanta Mady Kouyate on electric guitar.

2 - Our own local band, originally from Mali, West Africa
Saturday, February 2, 11pm | Matt Murphy's Pub - 14 Harvard St Brookline, No cover, Music starts at 11pm, Food until 10pm -

SambaLolo, featuring Boubacar Diabate, West African Griot from Mali, combines traditional rhythms with modern influences to form a unique style of contemporary Malian Griot music. Singing in Bambara, Diabate tells stories of common shared human experiences such as of love, life and humanity. Through the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling, Diabate brings the audience on a musical journey that is embellished with accents of Jazz, Blues and Reggae. For more information about Boubacar Diabate and SambaLolo visit

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