Habib Koité

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30pm
7:00pm
$30.00
$35.00

Standing show

Habib Koité smiling

Habib Koité has played The Cedar enough times for it to have become a second home for the Malian star. Appropriately enough, this visit sees Habib touring with a brand album Soô (meaning 'home'), due to be released on the very day of this show!

Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most beloved and popular musicians. Called “Mali’s biggest pop star” by Rolling Stone (in an infamous article in which Bonnie Raitt compared Habib to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn), Habib has also received raves from widely-read publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. 

In his new album, Habib refrains from rousing protest songs, but instead spreads a gentle message about the pleasure of being at home, the happiness of being in Mali, of being aware of one's roots and appreciating them. A very human form of patriotism.

“The word soô is a symbol of the heart,” Koité reflects. “It’s the center of your life, the heart of life. It’s a place with your family, the place where you have old friends. A place where you know the climate. It is all of those. That’s what soô means. Your sweet home. It’s where your life makes sense.”

Full band show!

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount 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....

Major Funders

NEA logoThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.Minnesota State Arts BoardThe McKnight FoundationTarget

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.