Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Thursday 23rd July
Tinariwen are the original nomadic desert blues-rockers
with their powerful and hypnotic songs.
Bongo Man, Rich Mix, London, Sunday 26th July
The man who single-handedly gave the world the infectious
Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the most well known
stars of world music, and one of the first pioneers of Congolese
Kouyate, Band on the Wall, Manchester, 4th August; Jazz Cafe,
London, 5th August
N'Faly Kouyate is a supreme kora player and vocalist
Cissokho, National Theatre River Stage, London, Saturday 8th August
Fusing traditional West African sounds with blues and
afro-beat, Diabel Cissokho crosses cultural barriers and engages
audiences of all ages with his powerful and uplifting music.
Kassé Mady Diabate, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London,
Saturday 12th September
Kassé Mady is one of Mali’s greatest singers
and a griot of the Diabate family. He'll perform with kora player
Ballaké Sissoko, Makan Tounkara on ngoni and Lansiné
Kouyaté on balafon.