Express, Rich Mix, London, Sunday 19th April
April's event will be tribute concert celebrating the
life of Yulisa Amadu Maddy. Performances from Usifu Jalloh and
many others, with drumming and dance workshops and special masquerades
from Sierra Leone.
Traoré, Rich Mix, London, Thursday 21st May; Norfolk and
Norwich Festival, Friday 22nd May
Popularly and affectionately known as Kar Kar, Boubacar
Traoré is Mali's legendary blues guitarist.
Songhoy Blues, Village Underground, London, Thursday 28th
Songhoy Blues are a 4-piece band who formed having fled
a hard-line Islamist coup in the north of the country and cut
their teeth in Bamako’s club scene.
Diawara and Roberto Fonseca, Barbican, London, Saturday 30th May
Malian soul singer Fatoumata Diawara and Cuban jazz pianist Roberto
Fonseca join in a unique collaborative performance. They experiment
with the links between Cuban and Malian music in a live setting,
and explore their shared passions.
Souad Massi + Le Trio Joubran, Barbican, London, Sunday
A double bill that brings together Souad Massi's music of North
Africa and Le Trio Joubran from the Middle East. Souad will present
material from her new album Al-Mutakallimûn, mixing Arabic
instruments such as the oud with rock and folk alongside Portugese
Fado and African soul.