Due to unanticipated travel issues, which resulted in his band not able to make it to the U.S., Senegalese singer-guitarist-percussionist Baaba Maal has been forced to cancel his appearance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. As such, BRIC has decided to cancel the entire June 16 concert, and hopes to have Baaba and Lakou Mizik back sometime in the future. Baaba will still sit in with Mumford & Sons at the Forest Hills Stadium on Friday, June 17.
Baaba Maal says, “I am truly sad and disappointed at not being able to perform at the fantastic BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival that I love so much. It was an extremely difficult and painful decision, but unfortunately it is not possible for me to come without my band and give you all the kind of show you deserve and want to see. I will make this up to everyone – to all my fans, to the Festival and to all the people that work so hard to bring the opportunities for artists to perform around the world.”
Jack Walsh, BRIC’s Vice President of Performing Arts and Executive Producer of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, said, “While we’re very sad that Baaba Maal will not be able to bring his singular show to our stage this time, we’re confident that we’ll be able to do so soon. Until then, we have an exciting season featuring a mix of both local and global artists – across the genres of music, dance, and film. We look forward to seeing you out there.”
About BRIC and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
BRIC’s main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio and artist work spaces.
Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.
In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.
BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.
The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is BRIC’s flagship performing arts program. The festival’s Executive Producer is Jack Walsh. Its Artistic Director is Rachel Chanoff. Leslie Schultz is the President of BRIC.
About Prospect Park Alliance
The Prospect Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s flagship park, working in partnership with the City of New York. The Alliance cares for the natural environment, restores historic design, and provides public programs and amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year. For more information, please visit www.prospectpark.org.