Monday, September 19, 2011
For more than 20 years, Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has been making music for the world to enjoy. Renowned for his fiery vocal performances and his musical fusion of western sounds with the traditional beats and melodies of West Africa, Baaba Maal has earned immense critical acclaim on his home continent as well as becoming a seminal artist in the world music arena.
This October, Baaba Maal is coming to the US to headline a series of speaking dates moderated by music journalist and author Chris Salewicz. Baaba will discuss his personal experiences growing up in Africa and traveling the world, his views on issues facing Africa and the African diaspora, as well as other assorted issues of the day.
Baaba's work has also extended beyond music and into the realms of humanitarian spokesperson. In 2003 he became a youth emissary for the United Nation's Development Program and he is known for his outspoken stances on HIV/AIDS in Africa, the growing role of women on the continent and his support of youth-based initiatives to help Africa move into the new millennium. To promote these causes, he has worked with the AIDS-oriented Red Hot Organization on two of their albums, including 2002's Red Hot+Riot.
During his talks, Baaba will be playing some of his legendary songs alongside multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and his longstanding percussionist Mamadou Sarr.
Tales From The Sahel Dates:
Oct 5: Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s
Oct 6: Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s
Oct 7: Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
Oct 8: Los Angeles, CA @ Univ of Southern California
Oct 9: San Diego, CA @ Anthology
Oct 11: Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
Oct 13: Denver, CO @ L2 Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 15: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Oct 16: Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct 17: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Oct 18: Nelsonville, OH @ Smart’s Opera House
Oct 19: Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
Oct 21: New York, NY @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at PACE
Oct 22: Blue Bell, PA @ Science Center Theatre
Oct 23: Boston, MA @ ICA Theatre