Aug 1 at 8:00
Also performing today: Yemen Blues (9:00) and uKanDanZ (7:00)
Times are estimated set times for each artist.
A rising young star from Gao, Mali, Oumar Konate is blazing the new wave of Malian music onto the contemporary world stage in his North American debut as a bandleader. Joined by guitarist Dramane Toure, bassist Mohamed Ag Mohamed, and percussionist Mahalmadane Abbanassane (his bandmates in Khaira Arby’s band) Oumar sings about love, family, and social responsibility, punctuated by his searing electric guitar solos and infectious energy. Trained at the reknowned National Institute in Bamako, Oumar leads the new generation of Malian musicians blending tradition with the internet's global musical perspective.
Note: Khaira Arby, previously scheduled, will be unable to appear. She regrets having to make this decision, but circumstances beyond her control due to the ongoing revolution and occupation of Timbuktu force her to cancel her current touring commitments to remain in Mali assisting her family and fellow citizens in the ongoing refugee relief effort.