Mamadou Kelly (Mali), Rootbrew

/ Jul

Mamadou Kelly (Mali), Rootbrew

Front Room
07:00 pm
$10.00 (no adv tix)

Output Agency Ltd. presents

Mamadou Kelly!
with special guests Rootbrew

$10 (no adv) | 18+ | 7PM Doors / 7:30PM Show

From Goundam and Niafunke, the heart of Mali’s blues delta, virtuoso Mamadou Kelly is a fixture in two of the most famous groups in Malian musical history, Ali Farka Toure’s All Stars and Afel Bocoum’s band, Alkibar. Kelly accompanied these two greats on many of their world tours along with two other members of his group, Ban Kai Na. With their encyclopedic knowledge of Mali’s music, Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na bring new sophistication to the sounds from Niafunke.

In 2013 Mamadou Kelly stepped into the spotlight as soloist with his debut album ADIBAR. Now he’s back with his 2015 second album DJAMILA which is garnering rave reviews. Kelly toured North America in 2013 playing at Lensic Performing Arts Center Sante Fe, Lincoln Center New York, Festival Nuits d’Afrique Montreal, Chicago’s World Music Festival. He and his band members are old friends: Alpha “Hama” Sankare, genius on calabash; Brehima “Youro” Cisse master of the djourkel; and the young, gifted bassist Baba Traore.

Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na represent the contemporary expression of traditional West African sounds. Smooth vocals and deceptively effortless musicianship quickly charm audiences. Kelly’s broad smile belies a determined professional. Mamadou Kelly’s lyrical style combines with Ban Kai Na’s virtuoso delivery to bring gracious hospitality to the concert stage.

Sprouted from New York’s fertile Hudson Valley, Rootbrew is a band with bumpin’ energy and contagious positive vibrations that are sure to captivate. The blend of world rhythms with tantalizing melodies and layered vocals result in an eclectic and exciting show. Rootbrew’s sound draws from West and South African styles and American Soul as well as Latin rhythms, Reggae, and Funk.. It is, essentially, a flavorful brew concocted from the roots of a groove.