Waltons World Masters - Habib Koite and Bamada

Habib Koité and Bamada (2009)

‘The perfect world music artist…. His work has the kind of integrity and balance that promises lasting stardom – something so rare and wonderful that no world music think tank could conjure it up.’
– Rhythm Magazine

Habib KoitePerformance

When Wednesday, 18 February 2009, 8 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, The Irish Times, Brooks Hotel

Habib Koité • Vocals, Guitar
Kélétigui Diabaté • Balafon, Violin
Souleyman Ann • Drums, Calabash, Backing Vocals
Abdoul Wahib Berthé • Bass, Kamale Ngoni, Backing Vocals
Mahamadou Koné • Talking Drum, Doum Doum, Caragnan
Boubacar Sidibé • Guitar, Backing Vocals, Harmonica

Guitar Workshop/Masterclass with Habib Koité

When Wednesday, 18 February 2009, 4 pm
Where National Concert Hall, John Field Room
Presented by Waltons New School of Music and National Concert Hall Learn & Explore

This unique workshop/masterclass was designed for guitar students of all styles and at all levels, as well as any musician or music student interested in the music and rhythms of Mali.


‘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.’
– New York Times

‘First there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray and now Habib.’
– Bonnie Raitt

One of Africa's most beloved and popular musicians, Habib Koité is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, vocalist and composer whose beautiful, lyrical music has propelled him to great heights in contemporary world music. Koité’s impact has been substantial and far-reaching, and he has performed in major concert halls and music festivals around the globe – including the Montreux Jazz Festival, WOMAD and the World Roots Festival. His exotic blend of traditional Malian rhythms and melodies with more modern influences has endeared him to legions of fans. So has his unique pentatonic-tuned, open-string guitar style, modelled after the African kamale ngoni.

‘[L]ush, intricate music with layers of intoxicating, danceable rhythms, passionate vocals and underlying joy.’
– Washington Times

Bamada (‘jaws of the crocodile’) is an extraordinary group of Malian musicians from the suburbs of Bamako. With this group, formed in 1988, Koité has experimented with innovative combinations blending traditional Malian roots with contemporary jazz, rock, folk, flamenco and soul music. Through it all, Habib Koité and Bamada have connected with their audiences on a very personal level; their music, voices and joyful dancing are sheer bliss!

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