Events

Habib Koité & Bamada

26th November 2022 at 3:00 pm
Afrikaba in association with African Night Fever presents: Habib Koité. One of West Africa’s most beloved musicians, and arguably Mali’s greatest guitarist. He has performed more than 1500 concerts around the world in a career spanning four decades, and international recognition. His enduring fascination with Mali’s rich musical traditions and instrumentation has been central to his continued success.

Habib Koité is one of West Africa’s most beloved musicians, and arguably Mali’s greatest guitarist. He has performed more than 1500 concerts around the world in a career spanning four decades, and international recognition. His enduring fascination with Mali’s rich musical traditions and instrumentation has been central to his continued success. Traditional sounds and instrumentation permeate his latest album Kharifa, recorded in Bamako in 2019 with guest artists that included Toumani Diabaté.

Habib Koité and his band Bamada, will be supported by Gambian kora masters Sura Susso and Jally Kebba Susso. Hailing from the same family of griots, each one is a prodigious talent in their own right and together complete an evening of captivating West African sounds.

Also on the lineup are: Juliet Russell and the Vocal Explosion Quartet plus the Storyteller Sandra Agard.

Juliet Russell and the Vocal Explosion Quartet

Juliet Russell, director of the Hasting’s World Music Choir, Vocal Explosion, brings to the Afrikaba stage this year, a quartet comprised of the South East’s finest players. They will perform bespoke and traditional pieces inspired by the music of West, East & Southern Africa.

Juliet’s voice has been described as “brilliantly haunting’ by THE STAGE and her compositions “an extraordinary sonic experience” by THE BBC. She has performed her work for Royal commissions, sang from the rooftop of the National Theatre, inspired audiences in Mayan temple sites, football stadiums, in Castles, and in Cathedrals worldwide.

Sandra Agard – the Storyteller

A favourite of the Afrikaba Festival, Sandra Agard is an Author, Storyteller, Cultural Historian and Book Doctor.

Sandra began her literary career as a short story writer with the collection Viviendo published in 1963. Her parents travelled from Guyana in the early 1950s and infused their London home with the flavours of Guyana, which instilled her with a strong sense of identity and love of Caribbean folklore.

Sandra runs regular storytelling, creative writing and literature sessions. Her short stories have been published in Tales, Myths and Legends, Time for Telling and Unheard Voices. Her first book, Trailblazers: Harriet Tubman: A Journey To Freedom, is out now!

All Ages. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.