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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Angelique Kidjo

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique KidjoAngelique Kidjo on Saturday, June 21st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Born in the West African country of Benin and raised in the busy port city of Cotonou, Angelique Kidjo was surrounded by a multi-hued world of music, dance, and art - from the rich sounds, rhythms, and story telling of traditional Beninese culture to the far-ranging fascinations of international pop, rock, blues, Latin music and jazz. Add to that the blessing of parents who honored creativity and supported Angelique's artistic goals unconditionally, encouraging her to give free rein to the talents she began to reveal as a six year old.

Expressing those talents to the fullest, she became a highly visible international artist while she was still in her 20s. Throughout the ‘90s and beyond, she has performed globally, winning honor after honor, including a Grammy, while using her visibility to campaign for women's rights, provide educational opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives.

On Eve, her Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical "mother of all living," Angelique Kidjo builds on her evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjo's dynamic collaborations with traditional women's choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native vocalists sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo's first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Shujaat Hussain Khan

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present virtuoso sitar player Shujaat Hussain KhanShujaat Hussain Khan on Friday, May 2nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Shujaat Hussain Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and is the seventh in an unbroken line from a family that has produced many musical masters. He is the son and disciple of the master sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artists of their generations.

At the age of three, Shujaat began practicing on a specially made small sitar, and by the time he was six the child prodigy started giving public performances. Since then he has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and he has traveled around the world performing in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.

Shujaat has his own unique style of playing. His approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences. He was recently a visiting artist at UCLA and currently lives in New Delhi, touring throughout India, the United States, and Europe each year. 

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April at CIIS Public Programs & Performances: Karsh Kale, Fatoumata Diawara & Tinariwen

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 10, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

April is going to be a stellar month for world music as CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music bring you three great shows! Start spring off right with Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction on April 11th and follow it up with the Mali Weekend Festival, which features Fatoumata Diawara on April 18th and Tinariwen on April 19th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Karsh Kale is known as a pioneer in the world of global fusion. His career has gone through many karsh kaleavatars over the past 15 years as he jumps between being a world renowned tabla player, drummer, DJ/ remix artist, vocalist and multi instrumentalist, film composer, as well as a band leader all with equal ease. He has produced five solo albums of which his most recent, CINEMA,  won the best fusion album award in India at the GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Itunes World Music charts. Karsh Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre-bending collaborator, which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe including his musical hero Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Spooky, and many many others. He was recently invited to perform at the White House and was introduced by President Obama himself. Find out more about Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction on April 11th HERE and get tickets HERE!

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Habib Koite

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2014 07:25pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present one of Africa's most popular and habib koiterecognized musicians, Habib Koite, on Saturday, February 1st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Koite has gained a strong fan base by integrating the rock and folk sounds of the Western world without watering down his cherished Malian roots. Called "Mali's biggest pop star" by Rolling Stone (in an article in which Bonnie Raitt compared Habib to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn), Koite has also received raves from People, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times.

Habib Koite was born in 1958 in Thies, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to Niger, where his father worked on constructing the tracks. He descends from a line of griots, traditional African troubadours. Koite grew up surrounded by seventeen brothers and sisters, and developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother. He inherited his passion for music from his paternal grandfather, who played the kamele n'goni, a traditional four-stringed instrument associated with hunters from the Wassolou region of Mali.

Koite takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as on a kamale n'goni. At other times Koite plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco. His singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies. Koite is unique because he brings together different styles, creating a new pan-Malian approach that reflects his open-minded interest in all types of music.

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Rokia Traore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2013 07:34pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present singer/songwriter Rokia rokia  traore ciis Traore on Friday, November 22nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

It all started with a sound inside Rokia Traore's head. One of the most adventurous singer/songwriters in Africa knew that she wanted to create a musical style "more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar." Then she heard an old Gretsch, the classic electric guitar beloved by American rockabilly bands back in the fifties and sixties, and played by artists from Chet Atkins to George Harrison. That was the sound she had been looking for, and it has helped bring a fresh and startling new dimension to her exquisite and adventurous songs.

The daughter of a Malian diplomat posted to the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Traore studied in Brussels and worked in a rap group, before deciding to go back to Mali to create the music she wanted, which was "not pop, not jazz, not classical, but something contemporary with traditional instruments."

She survived by washing dishes, cooking in a restaurant, and working as a housekeeper, as she found musicians for her new songs backed by her own acoustic guitar, the West African n'goni, and the balafon. She became a success back in Europe, where she was hailed as the "African Discovery of 1997" after performing at the Angouleme Festival in France. Recording contracts and international tours followed, as Rokia continued to develop her musical ideas and delight audiences around the world.

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