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Habib Koité

A joint presentation with Soul'd Out Productions

November 3 | 9:00 pm

- $25 - $30
Star Theater

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Presented by Soul’d Out Productions and Beloved in conjunction with PDX Jazz.

Habib Koité  is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, based in Mali. 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 because Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures which has led him to be named Mali’s biggest pop star by Rolling Stone. 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, Soô (which translates to home) looks squarely at his native land, a country torn apart by violence over the last two years, at a time when a real feeling of home couldn’t be more vital.

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