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Don’t miss these two legendary musicians from Mali playing together!

Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali comes a collaboration that differs from any in today’s industry. Guitarist Habib Koité, among the leading figures in contemporary world music, will be performing with fellow Malian Bassekou Kouyaté, a master of the traditional lute known as the N’goni. The effortlessly talented, Grammy-nominated “N’goni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat (Time Out magazine).”

Opening for this event is Ko-Falen’s friend, Kora player Will Dudley and his new project, Koratet!

Congratulations to our RAFFLE WINNER Richard Kent of Laramie, Wyoming!

Thanks to all of you who participated in our END OF YEAR Raffle. Together we raised $4500 to be used in our programs.

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Ko-Falen Cultural Center, located in Bamako, Mali is the inspiration of Baba Wagué Diakité, a Malian artist and writer now living in Portland, Oregon. It has been his dream to share the culture of his homeland with the people of his adopted home.

In Bambara, the word ko-falen means “gift exchange.” Ko-Falen Cultural Center seeks to promote cultural, artistic and educational exchanges between the people of the United States and Mali through art workshops, dance, music and ceremony. We believe that a greater understanding and respect between people can be reached through these personal exchanges.