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Africa Now! Mainstage Concert: Fatoumata Diawara, Les Frères Guissé and more

Saturday, April 5
Apollo Theater, New York NY
event description

Presented in partnership with World Music Institute

Featuring Fatoumata Diawara, Les Frères Guissé and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Hosted by: Wunmi
Music by: DJ Sirak

The Apollo Theater partners with World Music Institute to present Africa Now! – a 4-day festival spotlighting today’s African music scene. The festival’s centerpiece event, a blow-out concert on the Apollo’s Mainstage, will showcase a griot trio from Senegal, a roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective from Sierra Leone and a dynamo diva from Mali.

“The most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” (The Telegraph), Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara has created her own distinct contemporary folk sound, inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues. She adds an African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter. At the center of the music is her warm, affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously, melodic songs that draw powerfully on love, politics and her own often-troubled experience. And can she DANCE!

Trio Les Frères Guissé, originating from the Fouta region in Senegal, continue in the rich musical legacy paved by Ali Farka Touré, Kar Kar (Boubacar Traoré) and Seydina. Beautiful and sensitive, their close harmonic singing primarily in Peulh and Wolof, swirls around the melodies of two acoustic guitars and subdued percussion – and mesmerizes the audiences they encounter.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (SLRAS) celebrate their 10th anniversary and the launch of their new CD, Libation, with this special concert performance. Joining forces in refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare, the band members overcame struggle with the redemptive power of music. Fusing traditional West African music with roots reggae, the SLRAS catalogue is full of bubbling rhythms, irresistible hooks, and intricate dub elements. They have become one of Africa’s most active touring bands, embraced by audiences worldwide for their unique sounds and their utterly extraordinary story.

For information on more Africa Now! festival events click here.

ticket information
Doors Open At: 7:00 PM
Show Starts At: 8:00 PM
Buy Tickets Online
Upper Mezzanine Seating: $25-$35
Lower Mezzanine Seating: $35-$45
Orchestra Seating: $45

In Person: Apollo Theater Box Office
By Phone: Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000

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Apollo Theater
125th St & Fredrick Douglass Blvd. New York NY,
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