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Habib Koité & DakhaBrakha

Presented by Soul'd Out Productions & Beloved Presents

November 3, 2017 | 9:00 pm

- $25 – $30
Star Theater

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Beloved Festival + Soul’d Out Productions + PDX Jazz proudly present an unexpected pairing of legendary international voices…

Habib Koité is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, who Rolling Stone named “Mali’s biggest pop star.” His band, Bamada, is a supergroup of West African musicians, which included Kélétigui Diabaté. One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal thanks to Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Over the past decade, his artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, delighting audiences the world over, and placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music. He has performed and recorded with Eric Bibb and Bonnie Raitt, among other Western musicians, and Raitt herself proclaims, “first there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray, and now Habib.” Koité‘s most recent release, Afriki, is further evidence that his art indeed can be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic guitar heroes.

His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or ngoni…” – The New York Times


DakhaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian «ethnic chaos» band DakhaBrakha, create a world of unexpected new music.The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means «give/take» in the old Ukrainian language. DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art «DAKH» by the avant-garde theatre director — Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances — their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects. Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating bright, unique and unforgettable image of DakhaBrakha. It will help to open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world as well.