Three of the most brilliant stars in Africa’s musical firmament will shine in Minneapolis on Sunday evening, March 13th at 8:00 pm when the Acoustic Africa tour comes to the Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South.
Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exciting concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, has taken the traditional Mande griot praise singing of his homeland on a new course in much the same way Ray Charles diverted American gospel music down the path to rhythm & blues. Mr. Koité has previously played the Cedar with his group Bamada.
The gentle and unassuming Afel Bocoum, nephew of musical legend Ali Farka Toure, is also from Mali. Mr. Bocoum plays the guitar, sings, and composes mainly in Sonrai, his mother tongue, but also in Tamashek, the language of the Tuareg, and in Bambara.
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe’s combination cultural hero and musical treasure, is also no stranger and has said the Cedar “felt like home”. “Tuku” was influenced early by the chimurenga stylings of Thomas Mapfumo. His unique musical blend of mbaqanga, JIT, and traditional kateke drumming is captivating, while his powerful lyrics blaze with the social and economic aspirations of Zimbabwe’s people.
Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koité, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi
Time: Sunday, March 13, 2011 – 8:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Tickets for this seated show (ltd space for standing) are available now:
Day of show: $35.00:
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)
All Cedar shows are all ages.
Students with ID may gain discounted admission for tickets purchased at the door.
About Guy Western
Guy Western covers a variety of story interests for Mshale. He is also an amateur poet and a retired gandy dancer.