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Music in the Gardens: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba ecstatically explore the spiritual songs, stories, and rhythms of Senegal’s millenia-old Mandé culture. Indeed, Cissokho comes from a long line of prominent griots, or storytellers, who are entrusted to maintain a West African village’s most important ceremonial affairs through song. But he is much more than a preservationist. Cissokho and his band, Kaira Ba, effortlessly integrate the traditional sounds of the African kora with a modern rush of electric guitar and an exuberant rhythm section. Together, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba sustain one of West Africa’s most expressive legacies with their own energetic interpretations. This concert — featuring guests Tony Williamson, mandolin, a recent recipient of the NC Heritage Award; jazz and gospel singers Shana Tucker and Tamisha Walden on vocals; and Mallarmé Players String Quartet, with Jennifer Curtis, violin — is also the hometown release show for the band’s new album, Routes. Recorded in Cissokho’s Senegalese hometown of M’bour with his American bandmates, and later augmented with contributions from local musicians back home in North Carolina, the new album is a musical conversation across the Atlantic.

  • $10General
  • $5Duke Students & Employees
  • $0Ages 12 & Under
  • Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens