A young, rising star from Mali, singer-songwriter-guitarist Oumar Konate is blazing the new wave of West African music on the contemporary world music stage, and he’s leading his band in their Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on Friday night.
Although he has been playing with numerous well-known African artists in recent years – including Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaira Arby, Leila Gobi – Konaté has just released his debut internationally distributed album as a bandleader, Addoh.
The new album was recorded during the historic 2012-2013 political crisis in Mali, it represents a transition in Konate’s musical journey, a sound treatise on the emotions and experiences of young Malians as they live through the rebellion and coup d’etat that was shattering their country and their dreams of a better future. The album features the contributions of several master African and American musicians, the blend of ancient and modern instruments revealing the surprising musical sophistication that surrounds Konate’s seriously shredding guitar work.
Oumar Konate and his band perform in concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Friday (May 30) in support of their new album, “Addoh.” Admission is $10.
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