Free Concert in Troy to Feature West African Blues
West African star Mamadou Kelly plays a free outdoor show at Freedom Square in North Troy, N.Y., on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be free food and arts activities. Kelly hails from Goundam and Niafunke, in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. Born in 1969, Kelly first picked up the guitar at age eight, and has now become one of Mali’s music leaders. With a quiet charm and encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music, Mamadou Kelly has been an in-demand accompanist for much of his career. He and his bandmates, collectively known as Ban Kai Na – featuring Hama Sankare on calabash, Youro Cisse on djourkel, Ibrahim Nabo on rhythm guitar and Baba Traore on bass – bring a new sophistication to the sounds from Mali. Their music echoes the roots of American blues and bluegrass.
The rain site is next door at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Freedom Square is an urban cultural and spiritual oasis located at 101st Street where Fifth and Sixth Avenues meet, a block from the Hudson River, in Troy, N.Y. Call 518-272-2390 or visit mediasanctuary.org for directions and more information.