Night of African blues at Toronto’s George Weston Recital Hall

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:00 – 22:00
Location: George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Category: Music

Malian troubadour Habib Koité joins ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté at Toronto’s George Weston Recital Hall for a night of African blues!

One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Malian guitarist Habib Koité joins Bassekou Kouyaté, master of the traditional Malian lute known as the ngoni, for a night of African blues, March 5, 2019, 8 PM at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at tocentre.com, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box office.

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyaté are two eminences of African music and are performing together as part of an unprecedented international tour, performing songs from their repertoire, and accompanied by the powerful voice of the Malian singer Amy Sacko.

Recognized as “the biggest pop star of Mali” by Rolling Stone and called the “African Jimmy Hendrix” thanks to his unique guitar playing,Habib Koité’s 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.

Breaking with tradition to electrify his instrument and play standing up, Bassekou Kouyaté is recognized as one of the best players of the banjo-like ngoni, a traditional Malian instrument. His talent has won him two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music and two Grammy Award nominations.  Time Out magazine said, “Ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat.” Recently, Bassekou’s involvement with the critically acclaimed film ‘Mali Blues’ and his exceptional recording have earned him recognition throughout the world.

The performers are as follows:

  • Habib Koité – lead guitar/vocals
  • Bassekou Kouyaté – lead ngoni
  • Amy Sacko – lead vocals
  • Mama Koné – percussion
  • Madou Kouyaté – ngoni

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyaté

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8 PM

George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.

Single tickets range from $45.00 –$65.00

Tickets are available online at www.tocentre.com, by calling 1-855-985-ARTS (2787),

or in person at the following Civic Theatres Toronto box offices:

Toronto Centre for the Arts Box Office, 5040 Yonge St., Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-6pm

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Box Office 27 Front St. E., Monday-Friday, 12 pm – 6 pm

Ticketmaster phone lines operate 9:30 am – 8 pm Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm Sundays and holidays.  On-line sales operate 24 hours per day.


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