african music


Date & Time: 
04/08/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Photo of Meklit

Advance sales have ended but tickets are available at the door! The concert is also being broadcast live on WOOC 105.3 FM in Troy/Albany and can be heard streaming live at online.

Meklit’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock. She aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.”

Listening to Meklit transports us to the post-national space of Africa and America, inspiring us to bridge the frontiers between language, tribes and disciplines.

Meklit is an Ethio-American singer, composer, and cultural instigator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music sits on the hyphen line, born as equally from San Francisco as it is from Addis Ababa.

The Nile Project

Date & Time: 
04/21/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Nile Project photoIntroduced by local Hudson River water warriors, including Maureen Cunningham from Hudson River Watershed Alliance.

An ensemble of 13 musicians are  touring the United States from January to April of 2017, including this stop at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

"The Nile Project is more than a band," exclaims Kenyan percussionist/vocalist and Nile Project musician Kasiva Mutua.  “This is something completely new. The way we combine collaboration and education is revolutionary—not only here at home in the Nile River but everywhere we’ve been."

Salif Keita

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

Advance tickets for this show have sold out. It will be broadcast live on WOOC 105.3 FM and online at starting at 7 PM.

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

WOOC benefit with Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars and Vusi Mahlasela

Date & Time: 
02/17/2017 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Click for ticketsThe Egg, in cooperation with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, presents a fundraising concert for radio station WOOC 105.3 FM, a double bill of African music that is sure to lift your spirits and satisfy your soul!

This show takes place at The Egg in downtown Albany, one of the Capital Region's most intimate and comfortable listening environments.

Photo of Sierra Leon Refugee AllstarsSierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix to the world stage mining the riches of Western African folklore, performing uplifting–and very danceable–highlife songs of hope, faith and joy.


Trio Da Kali

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

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

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."

"Fatou to play small, intimate show in Troy"

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By Bob Goepfert

TROY >> The popularity of musical genres is a complicated thing to figure out. For instance rap, which not long ago was an urban phenomena is now so main stream that “Hamilton,” a Broadway show featuring rap music, just won the Pulitzer Prize for a musical.

In the same confusing way the Malian recording artist, dancer and actress Fatoumata Diawara, better known as Fatou, who regularly plays arenas and stadiums through the world is performing tomorrow night at the very small 200-seat space in the Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy.

Steve Pierce, the Executive Director of the Alliance expresses some frustration about the lack of attention being paid to the concert. “If this act were in any major city in the country it would be regarded as an important happening.”

Being a realist, Piece says he understands that because Fatou’s music falls into the broad category of World Music, she does not have a large following in the area. He also believes that there is a misunderstanding of what she and her genre are all about.

“Fatou is a brilliant performer. She has passion, theatricality and an amazing voice. Her music is a reflection of the world around us and touches you emotionally while being enormously satisfying.”

Sanctuary 10th anniversary celebration with Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

Date & Time: 
04/02/2016 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Thomas MapfumoJoin us for a spectacular celebration of the first ten years of The Sanctuary for Independent Media featuring Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, one of the world's most fearless dance bands!


Tal National

Date & Time: 
04/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s "Kaani," the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners and roundabouts. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band, with songs constantly blasted on national TV and cell phones everywhere. Following FatCat’s release of "Kaani," Western audiences and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and finely-honed sound. NPR were hit by “the band’s tightness and fiery energy”; The Guardian praised "their full-tilt approach, and hypnotic intensity"; whilst Songlines wrote of "a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different." FatCat release the dazzling follow-up, "Zoy Zoy," on April 13th.

Tal National photo

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