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World Music Institute
Festival in the Desert: Caravan of Peace
Ali Farka Touré Band & Terakaft
May 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
World Music Institute concludes its 2016-17 Desert Blues series with Festival in the Desert: Caravan of Peace, Ali Farka Touré Band & Terakaft. One of Africa’s most celebrated annual music festivals, currently exiled from the Sahara, brings its “caravan” to The Met for a rare concert.
The Festival in the Desert “Festival au Désert" was one of Africa’s most celebrated annual music festivals. Held in Mali, it showcased traditional Tuareg music and music from around the world. Shortly after the January 2012 festival, the Northern Mali conflict broke out and all Western and non-devotional music was outlawed. Exiled from the Sahara, Festival in the Desert brings its “caravan” to The Met for a rare concert.
When & where
Saturday May 6, 2017 @ 3pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue
Ali Farka Touré Band features the original band of the late guitarist led by his protegé Afel Bocoum and Mamadou Kelly. The band that toured the world together many times, whose late leader was the master of fusing traditional Malian music with New World blues, reunites with a mission to spread a message of peace and revisit the rich repertoire of the three-time Grammy Award winner.
Terakaft is one of the original Tuareg bands to emerge from the Sahara. Its band leader Diara was a founding member of Tinariwen. He left to join Terakaft who travel the world singing about its people, the Tuareg, a sub-Saharan African nomadic minority.
World Music Institute'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.”
WMI introduced the Desert Blues series this earlier this year with concerts featuring such stars as Vieux Farka Touré, Rokia Traoré, Boubacar Traoré, Noura Mint Seymali, and Tinariwen.
The critically acclaimed performance series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art commissions and presents contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and gallery spaces. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to create groundbreaking new work, including live and digital performances, as well as site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most “memorable” and “best of” performances in New York City by the New York Times, New Yorker, and Broadway World.