Habib Koité and Bamada
The return of one of Africa's most popular and beloved musicians: Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his band Bamada! Habib descends from a line of griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and entertainment. His charisma and magnetism translates and transcends all cultures. With his most recent songs, Habib is transposing his role of modern-day griot into a facilitator helping fellow Africans survive in the Western-dominated, industrialized world. Alongside Habib's vocals and guitar, the instrumentation remains simple and traditional, including polyphonic hunter’s horns, balafón (wooden xylophone), and the n’goni (a Malian lute). And the music WILL have you up and dancing.
His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or n'goni. (The New York Times)
Tickets are on sale now from the Cedar Ticketline (612-338-2674 ext 2), at Cedar outlets (Electric Fetus, Depth of Field, Irish on Grand, Homestead Pickin' Parlor), or order online at Ticketweb
Standing Room Only
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.