Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate & Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Fri March 1, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate & Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Arts Commons Presents
BD&P World Music 

Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate & Ladysmith Black Mambazo 

Friday, March 1, 2019 
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall

Doors open at at 6:30pm 
Concert at 7:30pm
Includes an intermission

One of Africa’s most recognized musicians, Mali’s pop icon Habib Koité has a deep and varied musical vocabulary, blending Afro-pop with jazz, rock, and even classical.  His intimate vocal delivery blends beautifully with both the modern and ancient musical traditions from which he derives his inspiration. With a rich music lineage going back generations, Koité grew up performing alongside his parents and numerous siblings, cultivating his unique guitar style with his griot mother on and off of the stage.

Habib Koité is joined by Malian musician and master of the traditional African lute (the Ngoni), Bassekou Kouyate, as well as multi-GRAMMY Award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who have won five Grammy Awards and rose to prominence after being featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland.  Nelson Mandala once hailed them as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.

“The biggest pop star of the West African nation of Mali” - Rolling Stone

 


Part of the BD&P World Music series.

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The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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