About the performance
This unique double bill offers a rare opportunity to see two of the hottest emerging artists in the world music scene today.
Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara spins elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely spare, yet sensual folk-rock, inflecting it with the rhythms and melodies of Wassoulou, her ancestral song form. Likened to her mentor, Oumou Sangaré, Diawara has been hailed as the next female African songwriter of significance, one who "combines social conscience with effortless melodic charm" (Financial Times).
Omara "Bombino" Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist/singer whose recent Nonesuch release was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. His raw, dialed-up jams are rooted in the electric blues tradition of his nomadic people. Hailing from Niger, Bombino has an infectious and wholly original sound, with a sense of wisdom and ability to connect with those around him.
"A perfect match of sound and soul... a new guitar hero." -Rolling Stone
PLEASE NOTE: This performance is likely to have audiences up on their feet and dancing. Patrons who will be sensitive to this are encouraged to select seats near the front of the mezzanine or balcony. Dancers, please be considerate of those around you and make sure not to block the view of other audience members.