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SALIF KEITA

GOLDENVOICE OF AFRICA IN RARE UK DATE
MALIANSUPERSTARHEADS TO BIRMINGHAM

SALIFKEITA
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM
8PM, MONDAY 25 OCTOBER 2010
£26

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Salif Keita, the world music star responsible for helping to create the ?Afropop? soundembraced by musicians including Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend, is to give a rare UKperformance with live band at Town Hall Birmingham on Monday 25 October.

The Mali-born star?s headline set at the WOMAD festival earlier this year was described as ?super-slick and drilled with military precision? by the Daily Telegraph, while his music, often soulful, haunting and wistful, was included in the recently released Africa: 50 Years of Independence – a monumental 18 CD set of recordings from 39 countries across the continent.

Salif Keita won World Music Album of 2010 award at the prestigious French Victoires de la Musique awards with his 2009 recording La Difference. The album, a work of romantic desertscapes infused with Western and Islamic musical references, was dedicated to the struggle of the albino community worldwide, a social and cultural issue which has affected the singer himself.

A direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founding father of the Mali Empire, Salif Keita was born in Mali in 1949 and has the congenital condition Albinism. As a white-skinned child growing up in a small West African village, despite his lineage, he was constantly under physical threat from the superstitious community, reliant on witchcraft folklore that deemed albinos inherently evil.

In addition to these difficulties, the young Keita defied his social standing by pursuing an interest in music – traditionally the role of a griot, or wandering musician. Subsequently, at the age of 18, he was rejected by his father and ostracised by his family.

After a period performing with African groups including Super Rail Band de Bamako and Les Ambassadeurs and gaining international recognition, Salif settled in Paris alongside many other prominent African musicians such as Manu Dibango and Tabu Ley Rochereau.

Drawing parallels with Nigerian born artist Sade, Salif Keita went on to carve out an exceptional solo career. Inspired by the powerful stage presence of successful black artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner, Salif Keita introduced Western influences into his music such as European and American pop, whilst maintaining traditional Malian sound with instruments like the kora [lute-harp] and tabale [tall conga shaped drum].

ENDS

Listing:

Salif Keita
Town Hall, Birmingham
Monday 25 October 2010
£26

Notes to editor:

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving Education and Community department reaches a further 10,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Fiona Fraser
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Issue date: Friday 8 October 2010