Africa - From Mali to Mississippi
Featuring Habib Koite
& Afel Bocoum
"Their performances overcame
language barriers, communicating in a way that
transcended differences of race, culture, ethnicity and religion."
Los Angeles Times
"...the concert's highlights were rapturous..."
The second installment of Acoustic Africa's
exhilarating musical journey focuses on the richness of the
African guitar tradition. The Acoustic Africa tour features
Habib Koite, the Malian superstar whose exciting concerts have
endeared him to audiences worldwide and a guitarist, singer,
and composer from Mali, Afel Bocoum, whose songs evoke the evolution
of traditional Malian society. The
two artists, backed by a traditional African band, unite in
song in a collaborative performance that honors their African
heritage while simultaneously pushes contemporary musical boundaries.
One of Africa's most exciting
performers, Habib Koite plays music that reflects
the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland.
Over the past 10 years, Habib and his band have
performed over 600 concerts for adoring audiences
in far-flung locations such as Japan, Australia,
Brazil and Kazakhstan. With their engaging stage
presence and expert musicianship, Habib Koite and
Bamada always put on a show to remember.
Afel Bocoum began his music
career with his uncle Ali Farka Toure, in his group
Asco, a collaboration which lasted some thirty years.
In the 1980's, he founded his own group, which he
named Alkibar, in which he plays the guitar, composes,
and sings. Bocoum sings mainly in Sonrai, his mother
tongue, but also in Tamashek, the language of the
Tuareg, and in Bambara. With remarkable subtlety
and a sure talent, Afel Bocoum has proved that he
is a true "Messenger of the great river", and it's
certain he will actively contribute to keeping Malian
music at the forefront of the international scene.