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  • review April 4, 2017

    Heartstring Theory

    When you imagine a musician capable of playing the 21-stringed West African kora well enough to record an entire album of solo pieces, you might have an idea of what to expect. Whether we’re talking the great Diabatés, Kouyatés and … Read more »

  • blog April 4, 2017

    Salif Keita Live at New York’s Town Hall

    It is always an occasion when Mali’s most renowned popular singer Salif Keita comes to town. His first visit to New York in three years drew a nearly full house to Town Hall on Sat., April 1, presented by the … Read more »

  • program December 31, 2015

    An Atlantic Journey: From Cape Town to Cape Verde

    Join us on a freewheeling musical excursion. We start in Cape Town, South Africa listening to jazz, rock, and even classical music inspired by the city’s signature sound: goema. Veteran rocker and now-composer Mac McKenzie is our charismatic guide. Then … Read more »

  • review September 28, 2015

    In Conclusion

    We don’t hear a lot from Burkina Faso, unless, as in recent days, there’s an outbreak of political instability. But here’s a voice from this dry West African nation we should know better. Amadou Balaké was born in 1944 and … Read more »

  • review September 21, 2015

    Musique de Nuit

    The collaboration between Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal may be the most successful meeting of African and Western classical traditions yet. That is in part because Mande music, including the kora, is closer to a … Read more »

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