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Africa Unplugged: Trio Da Kali

  • Center for the Arts 314 West Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (map)

The Center for the Arts presents
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 8:00 PM
$20 Members, $22 General Public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

TRIO DA KALI is a group of outstanding musicians form the Mande culture of Southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians) formed of voice, Ngoni and Balafon.  The trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglecting repertoires.  To coincide with their UK Making Tracks Tour World Circuit release, their debut EP, which is out now on CD (available exclusively via the World Circuit shop and on tour) and download.

Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate, daughter of legendary Kasse Mady Diabate, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali, and has been compared by some to Mahalia Jackson (America’s great gospel singer). The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabate, formerly of Afrocubism and Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyate – the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyate. Still in his early 20s, he is one of Mali’s most creative musicians of the new generation.

Trio Da Kali only came into being in late 2012, but already they have performed at a BBC Prom, the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival. They were formed specifically to develop a project with The Kronos Quartet; David Harrington (of Kronos) describing it as ‘one of the most beautiful collaborations Kronos has had in our first 40 years’.

Earlier Event: November 5
4th Grass Valley Whole Bead Show
Later Event: November 25
Cornish Christmas (Friday Nights)