Ballaké Sissoko – Tuesday October 24th
Venue: Old Church
The Old Church 1422 S.W. 11th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97201
HABIB KOITÃ – Friday November 3rd
Koité is known primarily for his unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamalen’goni. Other pieces of his music sound more like the blues or flamenco which are two styles he learned under Khalilou Traore.
Koité’s vocal style is intimate and relaxed, emphasizing calm, moody singing rather than operatic technical prowess. Members of Bamada play talking drum, guitar, bass, drum set, harmonica, violin, calabash, and balafon. Koité composes and arranges all songs, singing in English, French, and Bambara.
KBOO FM – Africa-O-Ye! has a regular program of african music. Local african events are mentioned – see http://kboo.fm/AfricaOYe for details