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Salif Keita

Date & Time: 
04/02/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Admission: 
$40

Salif Keita photoSalif Keita, known as the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important artists in African music.

Born an albino, Keita was cast out by his family and ostracized by his community as his albinism was considered a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture. He overcame these obstacles to become one of Africa’s most celebrated singers.

In 1973, Keita joined the group Les Ambassadeurs - later called Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux - and rose to international fame in the 1970’s.

In the early 1980’s Salif began a solo career and has gone on to become a superstar in Afropop music.

Keita’s music blends together the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal.

“A giant on the world music scene” -PBS


Trio Da Kali

Date & Time: 
11/09/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: 
$20

Trio Da Kali image Trio Da Kali is a group of outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Formed of voice, ngoni and balafon, the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. To coincide with their British "Making Tracks" tour teir label World Circuit released their debut EP, which is out now on CD (available exclusively via the World Circuit shop and on tour) and download.

Mamadou Kelly in Freedom Square

Date & Time: 
07/23/2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Admission: 
Free

Mamadou Kelly tour posterMamadou Kelly hails from Goundam and Niafunke, in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. Born in 1969, Kelly first picked up the guitar at age 8 and has now become one of Mali’s music leaders. With a quiet charm and encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music, Mamadou Kelly has been an in-demand accompanist for much of his career. He and his band mates have played alongside greats such as Ali Farka Toure and Afel Boucom, helping to lay down the blueprint for what we now call "desert blues."

Oumar Konate

Date & Time: 
05/30/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Admission: 
$10

 

A rising young star from Gao, Mali, Oumar Konate is blazing the new wave of Malian music onto the contemporary world music stage.

 

Oumar Konaté touched the spirit of his classmates with his passion for music and song while still in primary school in his hometown of Gao, Mali. On the strength of his talent with an old bucket, helmet, and drum, Konaté performed nightly outside the family's front door conducting his first band.

While in high school, he accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on their national tour. There, the Malian artist, Nana Coulé, introduced him to the guitar. Oumar Konaté went on to enroll at the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako. There he recorded his first album, "Lahidou" (The Oath). That recording brought him to the attention of many well-known African artists. Konaté has accompanied several of those Malian artists: Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaira Arby, Leila Gobi.

Vieux Farka Toure

Date & Time: 
10/24/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: 
$20

Caravan for Peace: Mali’s "Festival in the Desert" came to Freedom Square this summer

Tartit/Imhartan photoThe traveling edition of Mali's award-winning "Festival in the Desert," featuring two of Africa’s most powerful musical groups, stopped in Troy NY for a free all-ages show in Freedom Square on Friday, July 26, 2013. Freedom Square is located at 39 5th Avenue, where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues in North Troy. Bring lawn blankets and chairs.

War can’t stop the music, and Malian artists continue to practice their art despite upheaval and violence. In support of and to highlight their tenacity, the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace, brings to the US legendary Malian artists adored in Mali.

The Festival in the Desert has featured everyone from rock idols to Saharan nomads, Now it is coming to several U.S. and Canadian cities this July and August, 2013. In addition to Freedom Square, stops include New York (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), Montreal (Festival Nuit d’Afrique), Santa Fe (Lensic Theater), Northampton MA (Iron Horse), Trumansburg NY (Grassroots Festival), Spiegeltent at the Hudson Valley’s Bard Music Festival, and more in Brooklyn, Washington DC and beyond.

Caravan for Peace: Mali’s call for peaceful dialogue comes to Freedom Square in North Troy this summer

Date & Time: 
07/26/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Admission: 
Free

Tartit on the dunesThe traveling version of Mali's award-winning "Festival in the Desert," featuring two of Africa’s most powerful musical groups, will stop in Troy NY for a free all-ages show in Freedom Square beginning at 5:30 PM on Friday, July 26, 2013.  Freedom Square is located at 39 5th Avenue, where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues in North Troy.  Bring lawn blankets and chairs; the rain location is The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue (at 101st Street). 

War can’t stop the music, and Malian artists continue to practice their art despite upheaval and violence. In support of and to highlight their tenacity, the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace, brings to the US legendary Malian artists adored in Mali.

Sidi Touré

Date & Time: 
10/06/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: 
$10

Sidi ToureOur Fall 2011 season opens with music from Mali, featuring Sidi Touré (on guitar, vocals), Jambala Maiga (on kuntigui) and Domu Maiga (on kurbu)!

Tickets are available at the door.

Sidi Touré made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate in the ancient town of Gao, Mali. Once the heart of the Songhaï empire and burial place of its Askia kings, the town rests between the Niger and the encroaching ocean of sand known as the Sahara Desert. The Songhai empire was the last of the great empires of the Sahel, reaching its zenith under Soni Alibert (Sunni Ali) in the mid 400’s. Sidi Touré was born here in 1959, but to be born a Touré, a noble family who trace their lineage directly from the Askia kings, carried a significance and onus of a past that reaches directly into the present. Like another Malian noble turned singer, Salif Keita, Sidi Touré faced a conflict between the inexorable pull of music and the expectations of family and society. Touré’s family had been sung about, and sung to, by traditional griots for centuries, but until a small boy challenged the rules, the Touré’s did not sing!

Sidi Touré

Admission: 
$10

 

 

Sidi Touré made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate in the ancient town of Gao, Mali. Once the heart of the Songhaï empire and burial place of its Askia kings, the town rests between the Niger and the encroaching ocean of sand known as the Sahara Desert. The Songhai empire was the last of the great empires of the Sahel, reaching its zenith under Soni Alibert (Sunni Ali) in the mid 400’s. Sidi Touré was born here in 1959, but to be born a Touré, a noble family who trace their lineage directly from the Askia kings, carried a significance and onus of a past that reaches directly into the present. Like another Malian noble turned singer, Salif Keita, Sidi Touré faced a conflict between the inexorable pull of music and the expectations of family and society. Touré's family had been sung about, and sung to, by traditional griots for centuries, but until a small boy challenged the rules, the Touré's did not sing!

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