Trio Da Kali to Perform at Brandeis University, 3/1

Brandeis University's MusicUnites US World Music Series presents Trio Da Kali, three outstanding musicians from the Mande griot culture of southern Mali, in concert on March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Slosberg Recital Hall. Brought together for the first time at the BBC Proms in London in 2013, the trio combines the deep, vibrant voice of Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, the dazzling virtuoso balafon playing of Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Symmetric Orchestra, AfroCubism), and Mamadou Kouyaté providing brilliant bass lines in the tradition of his father, ngoni maestro Bassekou Kouyaté.

The griot tradition - an early ancestor of the blues - is one of Africa's most subtle and sublime musics. The outstanding Trio Da Kali brings a fresh, contemporary and creative sensibility to the Mande griot repertoire taking us back to the roots of this grand tradition, undoubtedly one of the African continent's finest.

Tickets are $20/ $15/$5 for students. Brandeis Tickets: 781-736-3400 or online at brandeis. edu/tickets.

West African culture, with its roots in the ancient art of musical storytelling and praise-singing, will be fully explored and celebrated during in a weeklong residency, February 25 - March 1, with Trio Da Kali. As urban living, political upheaval, globalization, and a lack of institutional support for music are impacting the Mande griots, Trio de Kali is preserving, revitalizing, and sharing their verbal and musical performance arts.

Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Brandeis University invites the general public to join the musicians for open classes, workshops and performances, guided by ethnomusicologist and residency curator Lucy Durán from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. A free informal concert will be presented on Wednesday, February 26 from 12:10-12:50 in the Mandel Center Atrium at Brandeis. And, on Friday, Feb 28, the musicians will be visiting Waltham High School.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

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by Peter Danish