Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koité, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm

Seated show (ltd space for standing)

This second installment of the exhilarating musical journey to Acoustic Africa focuses on the richness of the African guitar tradition. Tonight's show features Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exciting concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, Oliver Mtukudzi, a national hero in his home country of Zimbabwe, and Afel Bocoum, a gentle and unassuming guitarist, singer, and composer from Mali--and a long-time musical partner (and nephew) of the late, great Ali Farka Toure. The three artists, backed by a traditional African band, unite in song in a collaborative performance that honors their African heritage while simultaneously pushing at contemporary musical boundaries.

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 2 ($1 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby before and after shows (no fee), Depth of Field (no fee), or Electric Fetus (small fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (fees apply) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • All Cedar shows are all ages.
  • Students with ID may gain discounted admission for tickets purchased at the door.


Habib Koité smiling
Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians. Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to Niger, where his father worked on theconstruction of the tracks....
Afel Bocoum, photo by Renee Missel
Afel Bocoum began his music career with his uncle Ali Farka Toure in the group Asco, a collaboration which lasted some thirty years. In the 1980s, he founded his own group named Alkibar, in which he plays the guitar, sings, and composes. Bocoum sings mainly...
Oliver Mtukudzi holding guitar
Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. He must be one of the few people to have a beat named after him:’tuku’! Zimbabwe’s pride, most successful artist and national treasure, Oliver Mtukudzi is gifted with a...

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