LIVE: Oumar Konate @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/30/14

Oumar Konate

Oumar Konate

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A fast-rising star from Mali, guitarist-singer-songwriter Oumar Konate served up a marvelous evening of contemporary West African music last week when he made his Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Touring in support of his first international album, Addoh, Konate and his bandmates – bassist Cheick Siriman Sissoko and drummer-percussionist Makan Camara – kept the rhythms percolating, the melodies soaring and the message loud and clear for peace and better days in Mali and all around the globe.

A versatile player who is equally talented on both acoustic and electric guitar, Konate’s fretsmanship was nothing short of astounding. As the kids say these days, he shreds.

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OUMAR KONATE SET LIST
Djama
Maya Maya
Haira
Ir Ganda Hassara
Ma Foyene
Laissez Nous Tranquille
La Ihala
INTERMISSION
Alahidou
Henibombey
Maydeni
Ma Cherie
Bisimillah
Addoh
Shanku Shara
Wango Maben
Ayere Yere
War (Bob Marley)

Cheick Siriman Sissoko and Oumar Konate

Cheick Siriman Sissoko and Oumar Konate

Makan Camara

Makan Camara

Cheick Siriman Sissoko and Oumar Konate

Cheick Siriman Sissoko and Oumar Konate

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