UPDATE: Due to severe winter weather conditions, this performance has been canceled. Fatoumata Diawara, one of the artists in “One Night in Bamako”, will perform at Memorial Hall on April 11, and tickets for the canceled show will be honored at her performance.
Memorial Hall is hitting all the right notes this Valentine’s Day as it hosts international musicians Bassekou Kouyate and Fatoumata Diawara for “One Night in Bamako.”
The concert, hosted by Carolina Performing Arts, seeks to pay homage to Bamako, Mali’s capital, and educate audiences about the heartland’s historic musical tradition.
The performance is backed by partnerships with NOA Living, a Raleigh-based wholesale furniture store, and African Rhythms, a Durham-based organization dedicated to raising awareness about the multiplicity of African culture in the Triangle area.
Mawuena Agbeblewu, co-founder and chief organizer of African Rhythms, said the concert represents an eclectic blend of musical styles.
“It’s a mix of blues, folk, a little bit of jazz and then what we call ‘highlife music’ in west Africa,” he said.
Joe Florence, CPA’s marketing manager, said that “One Night in Bamako” presents an exclusive opportunity to see world-renowned musicians live.
“They can hear professors lecture, they can hear CDs, but to have local Mali musicians — here in Memorial Hall, in UNC’s backyard — is a treat,” Florence said.
“I would hope that people would think of it more as an experience more than a performance.”