World Music | Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 | 8:00 PM | $21-35
Born in Côte d’Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawara moved to France to pursue acting, appearing in a number of popular films and the internationally renowned street theatre troupe Royal de Luxe. She later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her “sensuous voice,” she has performed or recorded with Malian and international greats such as AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater (on Red Earth: A Malian Journey), the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and Paul McCartney in Kings Cross.
Fatoumata has spent the recent years touring the world, with a landmark performance at Glastonbury and as part of the Clinton Global Initiative alongside The Roots in New York. She also established an international name back home at the Festival Sur Le Niger in Ségou, Mali, where she shared the stage once again with her long-time friend and mentor, Oumou Sangaré, with Bassekou Kouyaté and many other domestic acts.
Alongside Diawara, Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
The group’s leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted as musical director of the University Orchestra in Togo. Elikeh recently released a new album, Between 2 Worlds featuring the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur. In recent months, Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Wailers, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino and John Kadlecik of Furthur.
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This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. On the web at msac.org.