NY West African Griot Summit

The Graduate Center Elebash Hall
365 Fifth Avenue
(bet. 34th and 35th Streets)
Trains: B,D,F,M to 34th St.; 6 to 33rd St.
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)

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The Artists

Popularly known as "praise singers," griots also use their songs for gossip, satire, or political commentary. This show features Abdoulaye Diabate, Abdourahmane Mangara, Yacouba Diabate, Mamady Kouyate, Mamady Kourouma, Famoro Dioubate, and other griots from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. They will perform on guitar, timbin (flute), gambare (lute), ngoni (lute), kora (harp/lute), balafon (xylophone), and djembe (drum), and they will be joined by special guest vocalists. Curated by Sylvain Leroux.

The Artists

November 26-28, 2012
West African Griot Summit Conference

A 3-day gathering with artists, scholars, folklorists, journalists and more to network and exchange music and ideas to preserve and strengthen Griot cultures in the United States. All events take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, NYC. Featuring Mamady Kouyate (Guinea, guitar), Tapani Sissoko (Mali, vocals), Salieu Susso (Gambia, kora), Cheik M'Baye, (Senegal, percussion) and Kewulay Kamara (Sierra Leone, talking Griot), and Cheik Hamala Diabate (Mali, ngoni) plus folklorists, ethnomusicologists, scholars, students and more.

In addition to closed sessions, the conference will include a free-to-the-public lecture/ demonstration Griot Traditions Across West Africa on Monday, November 26th at 7PM, and a ticketed, public concert West African Griot Summit with more than 20 Griots with guest artists on Tuesday, November 27th at 7PM, both at Elebash Hall. If you are interested in attending the conference sessions, please send an email to erm3381@gmail.com