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. READ MORE
The singular Senegalese singer-guitarist-percussionist BAABA MAAL “has a gift, nearly unparalleled in all of popular music, for creating at once soaring and vulnerable melodies.” (NPR) Maal has become one of Africa’s greatest musical exports by fusing a range of styles into something completely original. Born in Podor on the Senegal River, Baaba Maal sings mainly in the Pulaar language and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking people, who live in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro. He studied traditional music with the blind Senegalese guitarist Mansour Seck, a griot also from Podor, and went on to form the group Daande Lenol, with whom he released a number of albums. His storied career has been defined by innovation and experimentation; he has incorporated everything from ragga to salsa to Breton harp music into what has always been a signature sound, at the center of which is his stunning voice. His 2016 record The Traveller (Palm / Marathon Artists) continues down this restless path. LAKOU MIZIK, a rousing collective of Haitian musicians formed after the devastating 2010 earthquake, offers “a joyous antidote to Haiti’s hard times.” (The Guardian) The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture.
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The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.
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