Posts Tagged ‘Toumani Diabete’

Dambe: the Mali Project Tonight at Goethe-Institut: Irish Musicians Go to Mali

Malian songs have caught the ears of a variety of Western musicians in recent years, from Robert Plant to the outsider Sublime Frequencies label to  the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone, and American banjoist Bela Fleck.  Fleck made a movie about his trip to Mali called Throw Down Your Heart.  Tonight a similar [...]

Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure Live Monday (and his new cd)

Nearly 3 years ago Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure’s debut release appeared.  It came out shortly after the death of his legendary guitar-playing father, Ali Farka Toure, known for his distinctive Malian Islamic roots in the desert meets John Lee Hooker style.  His father, before passing away from cancer, recorded four tracks with his son. [...]

Amadou & Mariam Bring Afropop to the Birchmere Wednesday

Amadou & Mariam, who will be at the Birchmere Wednesday, have been performing together since 1980. However, only in recent years has this blind Malian couple started reaching a sizable audience on this side of the Atlantic.   Their wonderful latest cd, Welcome to Mali, is catchy, creative Afropop, not purist traditional Malian folkloric music or [...]