Come out for an open floor dance party with a true legend!
Arguably the greatest singer to emerge from modern Mali, Salif Keita, “the Golden Voice of Africa,” has towered as one of the most dominant stars of world music since launching a solo career in 1982. He’s long been a pioneer of experimenting with various pop hybrids to reach a larger audience, embracing slick, dance-oriented production—as well as collaborations with jazz musicians such asmWayne Shorter and Vernon Reid.
In a culture of hereditary griots—a caste of storytellers and singers—Keita’s albinism initially made him an outcast, but his extraordinary, soulful voice, and his musicality, allowed him to defy the odds and become a superstar. In 1970 he became one of the main singers in Super Rail Band de Bamako, a paradigm-shifting outfit that radically modernized traditional Malian modes with liquid electric guitars and the pervasive influence of Afro-Cuban music. In 1973 he and guitarist Kante Manfila left to form another ground-shifting combo, the forward-looking Les Ambassadeurs International, and it was with this band that Keita truly forged a new sound, influenced by western pop singers like Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.
Over the last fifteen years or so, Keita has pushed his music closer to his roots; he’s moved back to Mali from France and opened a recording studio there, where he has helped produce a slew of albums by local artists; and after years of electronic production, he’s increasingly embraced an acoustic sound. Still, the music on his most recent studio album goes both ways, mixing traditional instruments like kora and n’goni with drum machines and even B-52s samples. Through every iteration, though, Keita’s voice always cuts through, providing a perpetually soulful focus.
Tonight, Salif Keita amazingly, makes his Baltimore debut with his full band.
TUE SEP 12 | 8:00 PM | $65 reserved seating on the risers, $50 GA, $55 members (+ $4 at the door)
Limited reserved seating can be purchased in advance. Standing room only dance show. Please contact the box office with accessibility concerns.