African Summer: Amadou & Mariam, Ali Farka Touré Band, Paa Kow, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and more


The Cedar celebrates African music, culture and community throughout the summer, sponsored by Mshale African News. All shows are all-ages, with a standing open floor for dancing. Please join us!



FESTIVAL AU DESERT – CARAVAN OF PEACE ft. Ali Farka Toure Band and Terakaft
Saturday, May 13, 2017 / $25 Advance, $30 Day of show



Exiled from the Sahara, Mali’s influential Festival in the Desert brings its “caravan” to The Cedar for a rare performance of desert blues. Ali Farka Touré Band is composed entirely of musicians who travelled the world with the Malian blues legend and triple Grammy award winner.  Terakaft, often called pioneers of desert rock, is a Tuareg band from Mali featuring founding members of Tinariwen that “combines Western high-tech with earthy African roots in perfect calibration” (Songlines).



ALMA AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE with special guest
Friday, June 30, 2017 / $15 Advance, $20 Day of show



The top Afrobeat band from Spain, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble features a roster of incredible international musicians along with Nigerian lead singer Joe Psalmist. Their sound is a jazzy and energetic hip-hop inflected version of Afrobeat, a polyrhythmic blend of funk and protest, dance and social commentary.



AMADOU & MARIAM with Siama
Thursday, July 27, 2017 / $45 General Admission




Malian husband/wife duo Amadou & Mariam return to The Cedar this summer for the first time in five years! Over the span of three decades Amadou (guitar and vocals) and Mariam (vocals) have developed an international following, recorded eight full-length albums, and toured around the world. Known for their infectious, danceable mix of traditional African rhythms with Western pop, the duo is readying a full album of new music, La Confusion, slated for release later in 2017.



PAA KOW with special guest
Monday, August 28, 2017  / $12 Advance, $15 Day of Show



Get ready for a new sound you won’t soon forget! Ghanian drummer Paa Kow and his band play a deeply unique, technically demanding style of Afro-fusion, incorporating the international sounds of jazz and funk into Ghanaian “highlife.”

“Take the beat of Ghana’s traditional sound, add some American flavor, and mix it with Paa Kow’s stellar drumming chops. That is the musical recipe for a flavoursome sound.” – Soul Safari




Coming up in Fall 2017: 


BIDEEW BOU BESS with special guest
Sunday, September 17, 2017 / $25 Advance , $30 Day of show



The three brothers behind Senegalese group Bideew Bou Bess blend hip hop, soul, rap and reggae with a range of traditional rhythms and melodies from Senegal and across northern Africa to southern Spain.


SONGHOY BLUES with special guest
Saturday, October 7, 2017 / $20 General Admission



“’Songhoy Blues’ desert R&B is incredibly rousing and intense…conjuring a freedom and thrilling abandonment in its hypnotic shuffle boogie and punky blues rocks riffs” – Mojo



African Summer is sponsored by Mshale African News