Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8pm
(Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker St, NYC
Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Standing room & limited unreserved seating
Noura Mint Seymali is one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries and national star of the West African country. Born into a lineage of significant Moorish griots, a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of Africa, Noura’s career began at age 13 as a supporting vocalist to her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba. Her grandmother trained her in musical technique and Noura mastered the ardine, a traditional 9-string harp reserved for women. Having performed on stages across the world, and by collaborating with African music greats, Noura Mint Seymali has established herself as one of the next generation’s most promising artists and an unforgettable voice of Africa.
“Seymali and her group are impeccable, a riot of traditional Mauritanian music and psychedelic rock, full of pulsing off-rhythms and gutsy, fluid vocals, and nimble, phaser-heavy swords from guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly…”- The Wire UK
Arbina is Noura Mint Seymali’s second international release. Delving deeper into the wellspring of Moorish roots, as is after all the tried and true way of the griot, the album strengthens her core sound, applying a cohesive aesthetic approach to the reinterpretation of Moorish tradition in contemporary context. The band is heard here in full relief; soaring vocals and guitar at the forefront, the mesmerizing sparkle of the ardine, elemental bass lines and propulsive rhythms swirling together to conjure a 360 degree vibe. Arbina refines a sound that the band has gradually intensified over years of touring, aiming to posit a new genre from Mauritania, distinct unto itself; music of the “Azawan.”
Arbina is a musical act of devotion, calling upon the creator to channel grace through us and uplift our actions.
Noura Mint Seymali's new album, Arbina, is one of the best albums of the year. Not one of the best "world music" albums, ..., but one of the best albums. - Noisey
This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Desert Blues series.