November 8, 2017

Wednesday, 8 PM

(le) poisson rouge

158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan


$30 advance/$35 day of show


Standing room with limited unreserved seating | 18+


One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal as his musicianship, wit, and wisdom translate across cultures. Born in Senegal, he comes from a lineage of griots and grew up in the musically prolific West African nation of Mali.


He formed his band Bamada in 1988 and the reception given to the band’s first tour outside of Africa, in 1994, prompted the recording of a well-received debut album. Across a trio of albums - Muso Ko, Ma Ya and Baro - Habib has produced reflective, semi-acoustic, contemporary interpretations of multiple ethnic traditions from around his country. He has a unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni which produces endearing music that is neither heavily traditional nor emphatically Western.


The guitarist and composer was named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone magazine. Koité‘s most recent release, Soô (which translates to home) looks squarely at his native land, a country torn apart by violence over the last two years, at a time when a real feeling of home couldn’t be more vital.


His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or ngoni.” - The New York Times


dj.henri from will spin music before the concert.

For many years, dj.henri has been spinning an African and Caribbean groove at (le) poisson rouge, SOB’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Symphony Space, City Winery, and other NYC clubs — opening for acts like Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Vieux Farka Toure, Tinariwen, Aster Aweke, Antibalas, and Diblo Dibala. dj.henri’s radio station Radio Africa Online is the longest-running station playing African and Caribbean music online. His hugely popular Radio Africa Online Mixes are also featured in the iTunes Store and elsewhere, generating 70 Terabytes of traffic annually.


This concert is part of our Desert Blues Series.


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