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Afrikanische Pop Musik

Salif Keita

| Mali

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Salif Keita gave up a lot to pursue his dreams of a career in music. Born as an albino, he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community. In Mandinka culture albinism is seen as a sign of bad luck and there are beliefs that it’s a mark of the devil.

From a royal lineage, with ancestral roots going back to Soundjata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire in 1240, Keita was disowned by his father after announcing his plans to play music. Keita’s dreams, however, were too strong to be shattered.
Moving to the capitol city of Bamako in 1967, he was soon playing in nightclubs with one of his brothers. Within two years, he was invited to join the Rail Band. Then he joined Kate Manfila and formed Les Ambassadeurs, one of the most important West African bands that open the way for the following generations of African musicians. The golden voice of Africa’ Salif Keita has been at the forefront of modern Malian music for many years.
Keita has extended musical frontiers and carved out a distinctive musical voice, in which rock, funk and jazz combine with the deepest West African griot traditions. After a first decade spent travelling through Africa and building his reputation, he makes himself known on the French scene in the mid 80s.

He has received musical as well as political and humanitarian acknowledgements, and,
throughout his life, has tried to transmit a message of peace through his stunning music that has dictated the standards of contemporary Mandingo creation. The acoustic tour recounts Salif Keita’s career, picking up classics from his impressive repertoire. After a few years spent exploring new musical styles and mixing his music with electronics, he returns today to a more intimate and acoustic formula, a return to his roots, and offers a sensational retrospective on his entire career, which demands utmost respect. Accompanied by four musicians (guitar, kora, n’goni and percussion) and two backing vocalist, Salif Keita presents an intimate show and plunges the audience in the heart of modern Mandinka soul.

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Avishai Cohen

23.09. DE-Lüneburg
04.04. DE-Hamburg

Avishai Cohen ist nicht nur ein weltklasse Bassist sondern auch ein hervorragender Komponist und Sänger. Nach seinem Karriereeinstieg mit Chick Corea hat Cohen nun sich selbst einen anerkannten Namen in der Szene gemacht. Im März 2015 erscheint sein neues Album!