African Night Fever

Habib Koite + special guest Sura Susso

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Sat 21 Oct, 20:00
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One of Africa’s most respected guitarists Habib Koite gives his first UK performances in a decade joined by his band Bamada.

His music is rooted in Malian and West African rhythms and melodies, while embracing a variety of musical styles including blues, flamenco and Afro-Cuban. Habib’s cadenced vocals come in eight languages from Bambara and Mandinka, to French and Spanish.

Coming from a line of griots, West African troubadours, Habib made music from a young age, honing his craft on the streets of Bamako. Later, after studying classical guitar, he developed his signature style, tuning to the pentatonic scale and playing on open strings while adopting a method of fingerpicking reminiscent of the kora.

This singular approach has cemented his position as one of Mali’s most successful musicians, and he has collaborated with the likes of blues greats Eric Bibb and Bonnie Raitt.

Habib believes in the power of music to build bridges, and his songs speak of peace, unity and togetherness, messages that have never been more timely.

Support comes from very special guest, Gambian Kora player Sura Susso.

Ticket information

£14, £12 concessions, £10 members - become a member

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

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