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World Music Institute
Habib Koité & Bamada
November 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
World Music Institute continues its Desert Blues series with Habib Koité & Bamada.
WMI’s Desert Blues series features artists from the Saharan region of Africa who are torchbearers of an African musical tradition, traced by ethnomusicologists as having existed there for centuries. The late Ali Farka Touré once said of the desert blues tradition in his country: “We’ve been playing this music for hundreds of years. The guys in Mississippi are playing American-Malian music, not the other way around.”
When & where
Thursday November 9, 2017 @ 8pm
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Tickets $30 advance / $35 door
One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal as his musicianship, wit, and wisdom translate across cultures. Born in Senegal, he comes from a lineage of griots and grew up in the musically prolific West African nation of Mali.
Habib Koité formed his band Bamada in 1988 and the reception given to the band’s first tour outside of Africa, in 1994, prompted the recording of a well-received debut album. Across a trio of albums - Muso Ko, Ma Ya and Baro - Habib has produced reflective, semi-acoustic, contemporary interpretations of multiple ethnic traditions from around his country. He has a unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni which produces endearing music that is neither heavily traditional nor emphatically Western.
The guitarist and composer was named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone magazine. Koité‘s most recent release, Soô (which translates to home) looks squarely at his native land, a country torn apart by violence over the last two years, at a time when a real feeling of home couldn’t be more vital.