27 June - ore 17:30 OGR Torino – Sala Fucine



Cheikh Fall _ kora, vocals
Gianni Denitto _ saxophones
Andrea Di Marco _ bass
Samba Fall _ drums
Badara Dieng _ percussion

Kora Beat began in 2011 when three musicians from Senegal first met up with a pair of kids from the underground jazz scene in Torino. Their sound features the kora from West Africa, a mainstay of traditional music there. Their music is the voice of a multiethnic Torino, “borderless” accents that blend contemporary African sounds and beats with a deep plunge into jazz and funk. Their most recent CD, Yakar (2019), tells the stories of migrant journeys – painful, yes, but not without a glimmer of hope. They’ve brought their energized live show to audiences internationally.

Salif Keita _ vocals
Cisse Abou _ sequencer
Adonaide Bohui _ keyboard
Mamadou Diabate _ kora
Oumarou Diarra _ drums
Djessou Mory Kante _ guitar
Molobaly Kone _ percussion
Modibo Sissoko _ bass
Onane Lydie Zamati _ vocals, dance
Bah Kouyate _ vocals, dance

Direct descendent of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundjata Keïta, Salif Keita was cast out of his home community for being albino. Luckily, outside Mali he has been able to pursue his career in music. And that music, which incorporates various traditional West African styles, combining them with contemporary European and American forms, has led to worldwide success. Today, Salif Keita is the undisputed patriarch of contemporary African music. A champion of world music in the 1990s, he was among the first to embrace immigration themes in his songs. He has collaborated with top international artists, as seen on his album Papa (1999), produced by Vernon Reid, who will also be performing at the TJF this year. Celebrating a career that spans 50 years, Keita has recently put the icing on the cake and released what he calls his final album, Un Autre Blanc. It’s a celebration of his own humanity in the guise of “another white”, and an outcry for the civil rights of albinos everywhere, especially in Africa, where in some parts they continue to be the object of harsh discrimination. The record is also a tribute to his beloved homeland, Mali.

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