Artist Recital Series

Acoustic Africa

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $6 OCID/Senior Citizen, $12 General Public (purchase tickets)
Location: Finney Chapel (directions)

An exhilarating journey focusing on the richness of the African traditions of the voice and the song, Acoustic Africa will feature two of the continent’s up-and-coming vocal impresarios:

Dobet Gnahore, the Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer who has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music; bassist and vocalist Manu Gallo, from the Ivory Coast, who has gained acclamation as the bassist for Zap Mama, whose own music draws on rhythms of West Africa as well as funk and R&B; and Kareyce Fotso, a young Cameroonian singer whose music is an intriguing combination of Afro-pop, blues, and traditional African music.

Leni Stern, the acclaimed American contemporary guitarist who gained increasingly wide acclaim since releasing four recordings of African-influenced material, joins with musical direction. These exciting singers will be backed by an all-star band including Ivorians balafonist Aly Keita (Omar Sosa, Joe Zawinul).

Acoustic Africa

Photo courtesy of Acoustic Africa