Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sean's Video from Senegal: Awadi Among Senegalese Superstars to Perform in NYC Tonight; DC on MON

Sean and Banning have just headed up to the Skirball Center in Manhattan to interview Awadi, part of the famed Senegalese Hip Hop duo Positive Black Soul. He will be one of many superstars in NYC tonight and DC on Monday as part of the Concert for Peace Tolerance and Understanding: USA-Senegal. (See below for a full press release on the event, which will make its way back to Dakar for a Megaconcert in May.)

Sean actually got Flipcam video of Awadi performing in Senegal last weekend as part of his trip to celebrate the country's 50th Anniversary...

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Concert for Peace, Tolerance, and Understanding
USA-Senegal

Emerging Senegalese Superstars Play New York, Washington DC, and Dakar



Leading Senegalese artists are scheduled to perform at a series of free concerts in the United States and Senegal for Peace Tolerance, and Understanding, as part of an exchange program to promote mutual understanding between our two countries. The program is being conducted by the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal and the Senegalese Ministry of Culture.

A total of three concerts will take place at the following locations: New York University’s (NYU) Skirball Center in New York on April 8th, 2010 (doors open at 7 PM; 2-hour show at 8 PM); Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington DC, on April 12th, 2010 (doors open at 6 PM; 2-hour show at 7 PM); and at the 60,000 seat Stade Léopold Senghor (aka Stade de l’Amitié) in Dakar, Senegal, on May 12th, 2010 (doors open at 6 PM; 5-hour show at 8 PM).

Concerts will feature leading Senegalese artists across a spectrum of musical genres: hip hop group Positive Black Soul, “Golden Voice” Abdou Guitté Seck, Ma Sané of Waflash, and “angel” voiced Titi. In Dakar, the five artists will be joined by well-known legends of Senegalese music, including Youssou N’Dour, Baba Maal, Omar Pene, and others: Pape Diouf, Mame Balla, Abou Thioubalo, Carlou D, the Julien Jouga Christian Choir, and an Islamic music group. DJ Xuman and MC DJ Boubs will open the show.

The five Senegalese artists will return home to share their experience of America and discuss the multitude of cultures, races, and religions that thrive in the United States.

Additional concert details are provided below:

U.S. Concerts

New York, April 8, 2010, at New York University’s Skirball Center

Washington D.C., April 12, 2010, at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium

The two concerts on April 8, 2010, at New York University’s Skirball Center and on April 12, 2010, at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Washington DC, will feature four groups, including three of Senegal’s newer, most popular stars, whose performances will symbolize the diversity in Senegalese music – from hip-hop to mbalax and bougarabou to reggae beats.

Positive Black Soul
Positive Black Soul, the hip-hop duo of Didier Awadi and Duggy Tee, will headline the concert (http://www.myspace.com/positiveblacksoul). They recently reunited after some time apart. Bound by music and their common ideals of Afrocentrism and peace and democracy, the two musicians have become African hip-hop role models and leaders in their communities and perform their hits in French, Wolof, the main language in Senegal, and in English.

Titi
Titi (Ndeye Fatou Tine) (http://www.titi-music.com) is also known as ‘Titi l’ange’ (‘Titi the Angel’) for her glorious voice singing to Mbalax rythms. Titi has gained critical acclaim for her music and been in great demand to share the stage with several Senegalese top stars. She recently won the prestigious SUNUMUSIC Best Female Singer Award.

Ma Sané
Ma Sané and her all-male group Waflash is one of West Africa’s loveliest, gentle singers (http://www.myspace.com/waflash). Since she started the group with childhood friends in the 1990s, Waflash has known great success. Their sounds reflect a broad range of influences, blending African and Western musical genres: Senegalese mbalax and bougarabou, soul, jazz, Afrobeat, hip-hop, reggae.

Abdou Guité Seck Abdou Guité Seck is also referred to as “The Golden Voice” and “the future of Senegalese music” (www.guiteseck.com). Prior to launching his solo career, Abdou Guité became the lead vocal singer for the Franco-Senegalese group Wock, which signature sound combined mbalax with rock. The group performed at Festival des Nuits Métisses, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and Festival International de Jazz de St. Louis. Abdou Guité won the 2000 RFI Découvertes Award and was nominated in 2001 for the best world music album category in the French Music Awards in Paris. Abdou Guité has embarked on his solo career with his new band, Evolution, and has won numerous awards with several solo albums and huge commercial success in Senegal and beyond. His abiding themes continue to explore childhood, love, hope, education, and universal peace.

Concert in Dakar
The “Concert de la Paix, la Tolérance, et l’Entente” will be held at the Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium, on May 12, 2010.

The line-up for the five-hour free concert includes: Youssou N’Dour, PBS, Ma Sané, Titi, Abdou Guité Seck, Omar Pene, Baaba Maal, Pape Diouf, Mame Balla, Carlou D, Abou Thioubalo, the Julien Jouga Christian choir and an Islamic music group, DJ Xuman, and MC DJ Boubs.
Artists’ high-resolution jpegs available upon request

TRUE Media Contact: evangelinekim@gmail.com

How To Obtain Free Tickets For US Concerts:
SKIRBALL CENTER CONCERT – APRIL 8TH, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:

Ticket RSVP for NYU Skirball Center performance:

Concerts for Peace, Tolerance and Understanding – Featuring Positive Black Soul, Abdou Guitte Seck, Titi, Ma Sane

NYU Skirball Center – Thursday, April 8th


RSVP by email for free tickets: ibrahim10031@gmail.com

Type “RSVP – Peace” in the subject heading; in body of email provide full name and indicate 1 or 2 tickets (Limit: 2 tickets per person)

Tickets for guests with RSVP will be available at no cost at the NYU Skirball Center box office (Noon-6pm, Tues-Sat) beginning Wednesday, April 7th

RSVP tickets are free, but are “first come first served”

General admission / Doors open at 7pm – Concert at 8pm

CRAMTON AUDITORIUM CONCERT – APRIL 12TH, HOWARD UNIVERSITY:

Ticket RSVP for Howard University Cramton Auditorium performance:

Concerts for Peace, Tolerance and Understanding – Featuring Positive Black Soul, Abdou Guitte Seck, Titi, Ma Sane

Howard University Cramton Auditorium – Monday, April 12th

RSVP by email for free tickets: cramtonauditorium@howard.edu

Type “RSVP – Peace” in the subject heading; in body of email provide full name and indicate 1 or 2 tickets (Limit: 2 tickets per person)

Tickets for guests with RSVP will be available at no cost at the Howard University box office (10am-6pm, M-F) beginning Friday, April 9th

RSVP tickets are free, but are “first come first served``

General admission / Doors open at 6pm – Concert at 7pm

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